February 18th, 2009
So, the newest Red Sox pitcher, Takashi Saito, asked and received Manny’s #24. But before that, he actually went and asked Manny (through intermediaries and interpreters, of course) if it would be OK that he wear the number, and Manny gave his OK, even going so far as to say that 24 and 99 (his number with the Dodgers last season) were lucky…The odd thing is that 24 has no meaning for Saito, who has worn 44 and 15 in his career. Other than Manny, the most famous 24? 8-time golden glover, Dwight Evans…And only in Red Sox Nation would this be news….
Mark Kotsay, who signed a contract in January, and then went and had back surgery like 2 weeks later, is aiming for May 1 to be ready to play. Apparently, he has had this surgery before, on a different herniated disk, and it took only 3 months for him to heal last time: “…I took care of what had to be taken care of and I’m looking forward to rehabbing and getting back as soon as possible…We ended up going into remove a fragment that had broken off and gotten lodged into one of the nerves. It was a simple procedure and a simple time frame for rehab.”
So….do you think there could actually be a baseball season where A-Fraud DOESN’T make it all about him? Better yet, could he for once, actually sound sincere when giving a press conference? Can’t he get a spin doctor or PR guy therapist or something that can help him with that whole “everything out of his mouth sounds like a self-absorbed, disingenuous, earnest narcissi cist”?: “…to put this behind me and start focusing on baseball. I miss playing baseball, and I miss simply being a baseball player. I think this is a tremendous opportunity to look in the mirror and be a better teammate.” OK, Alex, when were you EVER “simply a baseball player”??
And c’mon, do they actually expect us to believe that Jeter, and Rivera, and Posada and Pettitte, along with other members of the Skanks, were at that press conference because they WANTED to be there to support him? That they weren’t told “Hey, you need to do this” as a show of their support and solidarity? I think it’s interesting to note that Posada actually bailed before A-Fraud was done.
I am only about 50 pages into my Joe Torre book, but he related that when A-Fraud joined the Skanks, he talked to some of the more senior players and encouraged them to build him up, to make him feel wanted and needed….How…sad…and ya know what? I don’t want to talk about this anymore…so I am done…
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