July 25-27, 2008
In what could have been the tipping point for Manny with the Red Sox, Ramirez sat out a pivotal Friday-night game with the Yankees (on the night of David Ortiz's return) with a sore knee, after
manager Terry Francona had already penciled him into the lineup. According to the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy, the Sox are tired of Manny's antics.
"Something's got to give," Shaughnessy wrote. "The owners are mad. The manager is frustrated. The GM is frustrated. Teammates are angry."