The Red Sox were greeted by an extra-large horde of reporters and a slew of video cameras in their clubhouse today, the distraction of Manny Ramirez having made a one-night cameo return. Some thoughts from various players:
ďPlaying with him for a couple years, thatís the furthest thing you think of. Itís definitely unfortunate for him. I think for all of us, itís really not our issue any more. Heís gone to L.A., and itís unfortunate for him. Obviously, heís one of the greatest righthanded hitters ever. Itís just tough to look up there as a fan of the game like anybody else and see a superstar go through something like this.Ē
ďEveryone is entitled to their opinion, but I donít feel like our í07 season was tainted. This is still a 25-man team. I think it still remains to be seen what happened in í07. I think Mannyís going to be questioned a lot.Ē
"If people stop trying to beat the system, maybe that might help, that might be a good start. I think it probably proves that our testing Ė and I know everyone likes to hammer it Ė is working. Itís not being biased to guys in Double A or Triple A. Itís happened to some of the biggest names of the game. I think in that sense, itís got to be a good thing."
ďMy reaction was I donít know him, but I was going to get a lot questions about him.I knew regardless of me not knowing him one bit, I was still going to get asked about it.Ē
ďItís another mark for baseball. Itís tough that a lot of this stuff goes down. As a baseball player and a baseball fan, itís another black eye that youíve got to fall out of a little bit. Itís unfortunate. Hearing that, itís a huge name. Itís not an everyday occurrence.Ē
ďI just walked in the clubhouse today and found out about it. I havenít really thought about it all. Weíve got more things to worry about on our club. Obviously, itís a news story, blah, blah, blah. Thereís so many more things we have to go get ready for. Heís not in our clubhouse anymore, so this is something that weíre not even worried about.Ē