Sox fans will remember every "Manny" moment and there were a lot of them, but when it is all said and done we are talking about the MVP of the 2004 curse reversing World Series team. He was an important part of the 2 championships the sox finally won, and while it ended badly, it's not like he walked away from us to get more money from the evil empire. Thank You MANNY! I will be cheering at the game and when you are elected into Cooperstown.
"I haven't forgotten why Manny came to Boston. It was for the money! He was led like a puppy dog by his agent to the biggest contract he could get." Well gee if someone offered you $160 million for a span of 8 years you wouldn't take it.
Listen, it doesn't matter how much money he made, or the actions he took on and off the field. Fact of the matter is he was a great hitter, and helped us win 2 championships. Stop complaining about him "not knowing right from wrong", he knew how to hit a baseball that's for sure.
He deserves a standing ovation, the man was a beast at the plate. To everyone complaining about "Manny being Manny", Ted Williams never tipped his cap to Sox fans, and he's a God in Boston. At least Manny high fived a Boston fan when he made that catch in Baltimore.
Lighten up everybody, Manny isn't supposed to be not selfish, or act in the way YOU would want him to act. Manny is there to play, and hit the ball, look at his stats he hit the damm ball.
"I haven't forgotten why Manny came to Boston. It was for the money! He was led like a puppy dog by his agent to the biggest contract he could get." Well gee if someone offered you $160 million for a span of 9 years you wouldn't take it.
I don't understand you people. Manny Ramirez might be the best right handed hitter of all time and yes he left on bad terms but so did alot of other players. Don't you find that interesting, it is the front office and always has been for example Clemens and I know its not the same management, but again with Bay leaving because he had supposed bad knee's gimme a break. Manny probably doesnt deserve a standing "O" but with out his bat the Sox would not have 2 World Championchips and all the good times and laughs as you watched him play. Tom good teams and wins don't matter its all about the rings and Manny got us 2 btw! So go to the game and be happy Manny played for us as you all should!
Steve, there is absolutely no comparing the character of Ted Williams and Manny Ramirez. You should be ashamed of yourself. Ted Williams was unfriendly but he wasn't selfish. He gave up three seasons to fight for his country. Teddy Ballgame never sat on the bench a day he didn't have to. Remember when he could have sat the last game of the season to protect his .401 batting average, but instead he insisted he play, and wound up batting .406?
No one is disputing Manny's stats are impressive. But it takes more than hitting to make a man.
Manny was, is, and probably always will be, a selfish little man-child. No one should look up to him.
After what he did I can never applaud him. He simply doesn't deserve respect, plain and simple.
Man Mannywood is so over you guys, he's moved on from Boston and could care less if you give him a standing ovation or boo him, we love Manny in LA and Manny loves LA, the best thing he did was leave this sorry team and oh yeah Lakers gonna beat some Celtic ass haahah Boston sucks, Boston sucks
As a true Red Sox fan, I haven't forgotten why Manny came to Boston. It was for the money! He was led like a puppy dog by his agent to the biggest contract he could get.Manny is a simpleton. He was allowed by the fans, media and management to get away with his act. I truly believe he doesn't know what is right or wrong with his actions. Manny being Manny was an excuse to placate him so he could continue to produce for the Red Sox. We all took advantage of his immaturity and enjoyed most of the run. His teammates certainty didn't enjoy or appreciate his act.Tthey became weary of it and finally had enough.
Manny doesn't deserve to get a standing ovation, because he did disrespect the fans, his teammates and management. Again, he may not realize it, but still, he doesn't deserve our respect. I hope he does get booed.
The guy was a fierce hitter and the offensive star of the greatest Red Sox team of all time. Lighten up and welcome him back with an ovation. Manny might still be crushing balls at Fenway if it werent for obsessive fans and media members who couldnt take a few peccadilloes in exchange for such great play. Ted Williams was a complete dickhead for his entire career and he got ovations in later years.
In case you need a refresher, here is an except from Manny's wikipedia page covering his 2004 season. Wow.
In 2004, Ramirez led the American League in home runs (43), slugging percentage (.613) and OPS (1.009); he finished third in RBI (130), sixth in on base percentage (.397), eighth in walks (82), tenth in runs (108), and posted a .308 batting average.
In addition, Ramirez and David Ortiz became the first pair of American League teammates to hit 40 home runs, have 100 RBI, and bat .300 since the Yankees' Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1931. Together they hit back-to-back home runs six times, tying the major league single-season mark set by the Detroit Tigers' Hank Greenberg and Rudy York and later matched by the Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordóñez.
In the 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Ramirez hit a two-run home run off Roger Clemens in the top of the first inning, giving his teammates a 3–0 lead. Ramirez, Derek Jeter (with a single), Ichiro Suzuki (with a double) and Iván Rodríguez (with a triple) became the first All-Star quartet to hit for the cycle during the same inning. His season was capped off by being named the MVP of the World Series as the Red Sox won their first title since 1918.
The real question here is : What (or how) an inconceivable amount of money corupts the character of a person who has not the education or class to handle such a responsibility, (to his team and especially Community), as Manny had. It all seems to fall back to the worn out line of "Manny being Manny". I first started my interset listining to Ken Colmann and broadcast partner describe baseball as a 9 year old in 1966 went my older brother bought his first 16 transistor AM radio. Baseball was a magical thing back then, especally the summer of 1967, the players played, the managers managed, and unrealized at the time, the owners really owned the team (ballplayers). Time seemed to stand still during a game and not until Carl Yastrezmski was paid the outrageous sum of 100K / yr sometime in the early 70"s did I realize these guys need to make a living while they are able... So we are back to whether Manny deserve applause form the "Fenway Faithful", my better natured side says yes... yes because it was Manny's God given Skill as a pure hitter which enabled Our Sox to finally overcome that final hurdle to become Baseball's champion. I will gladly applaude Manny for the good memory and use the selfish example to point out what ignorance and selfimportance does to a person for my sons as an example of what not to emulate...
Hey Marc - maybe you ought to google a thing or two yourself. Maybe 00 and 01 were rough years (as was 02 btw) - but you overlooked the 95, 98, and 99 playoff caliber teams...so maybe you should define 'non-winner' for us. I guess if someone like you that would pin the Sox titles solely on his coattails, that would explain it. (While you're googling, check out some pitching stats for those 2 title years there too, champ. Over 162 plus the playoffs, most understand that arms are the keys to success...much moreso than one big bat )
Would you still have the same love for Manny if Dave Roberts had never stolen that base?
Granted, Manny was a phenomenal hitter. One of the best ever. He was also a quitter. Perhaps too many like you overlooked when he quit on the '06 team too...long before his next act in '08.
The best fan response would be no response. He's a Dodger. BFD now.
I cannot believe Fans will think he will have a standing Ovation what are they morons Many will be lucky if Fans don't throw balls at him.
He is a Jerk I hope fans give him HE** And more
Of course all of this depends on Manny showing up in the fitst place. Here's hoping he needs an MRI on the knee (left and/or right) and he misses the game. Anyone who pulls what he did does not deserve to be welcomed back. What a joke when he announced that this was his last year with the Dodgers. Like they have the money to shell out what he and Boras think he is worth!
If he plays hopefully he pulls the golden sombrero!
@Brad You make the mistake of being as short sighted as the "pink hats" you hate (but have more in common with then you do with real life long fans. Remember when Manny came to Boston? Remember the state of the team in 2000 and 2001? (Probably not, but it wasn't good. Boston wasn't exactly a top free-agent destination (Think Mo Vaughn's departure...google it to educate yourself) Manny took a chance to come to a non-winner and helped make them a winner. He deserves to be cheered way more then the current new additions to the team (Cameron et al)
You make the mistake of assuming that the vast majority of Red Sox fans were around for the entire time Manny was. The way I see it, most of them are like my wife when she learned that Manny was coming back "Oh, that's cool...I miss Manny in the outfield". See, if most of them would take of their pink hats, and take five minutes to understand what he did, they wouldn't dare to applaud this waste of talent.
He did not care, he never will care, nor should we.
The fool that welcomes back this turn-coat Roider is stupid. He is all about self. I PERSONALLY CAN'T WAIT FOR ORTIZ, WAKEFIELD,VERITEK, and THEO to leave.