Apparently, you, me, and the other Keller Williams were the only ones not rummaging through Manny Ramirez's condo at the Ritz yesterday.
How in the world could that place have so much media attention and nobody thought to do an "MTV Cribs" takeoff?
Here's Manny's kitchen. Ooh. Here's Manny's living room. Ahh.
What, no plasma? Cheapskate.
A cool $6.9 million for that place? Please tell me the prospective buyer isn't going to dish out that kind of cash purely on the fact that this used to be Manny's pad. You'll end up sounding like Costanza after he supposedly purchased Jon Voight's convertible.
In any case, the condo sale is the latest sign that Ramirez's days as a Bostonian are nearly finished. His destination remains about as up in the air as Kate Moss sucking on helium, but it is becoming more and more likely he will not be playing with the Red Sox.
Yesterday marked the debut of "KeepManny.com," a fan site that has already managed to get 2,500 signatures and counting on a petition for the Red Sox to ... you got it, Keep Manny. Valiant effort. I hope it goes better than the petition I signed in 1983 clamoring for ABC to bring back "Tales of the Gold Monkey." Never heard anything back on that one. If seven names couldn't make a difference for that, let me tell you, Bono's ONE campaign has got its work cut out for it.
On a side note, the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen on PetitionOnline.com had to be a petition from 2002 calling for the boycott of the Lord of the Rings flick, "The Two Towers," because it was insensitive to those who died on Sept. 11. Ummm, right.
KeepManny.com would have been a better idea if its subject hadn't already expressed his desire to be traded, threatening not to show up for spring training. KeepBillMueller.com might have made more sense, and could have created a better argument. GivebackthetruckKeithFoulke.com is another solid option.
Of course, not ALL of those nearly 2,500 signatures seem to be signing with the site's objective in mind. Some entries:
If you can get 60 cents on the dollar for Manny it would be worth it. The guy is nothing but a distraction in the clubhouse. For $ 20M a yr I think I could put up with some privacy issues (oh and BTW if you think you wouldn't be bothered in any other city besides KC your are an idiot. Suck it up. - Justin Snyder
I'd do nothing. He's under contract. He signed it, so he's obligated to honor it. If he's a real man, he'll do exactly that. - Joey Soxfan
Manny do you think you have a better shot at a title on another club? What are you thinking? Who cares if you have no privacy, help make the Bosox win another one and achieve something greater than yourself, besides , baseball purist don't believe in players that jump from team to team without any loyalty to one team (hometown discount)... whatever - Spencer Straus
Of course, in voicing their dissenting views, the above also signed the petition to ... Keep Manny.
What folks need to realize is that this might be out of the Red Sox' hands now. What a lot of people seem to conveniently forget is that Manny is forcing this issue. Not the Red Sox. Ramirez said he wanted to play on the West Coast. Ramirez said he was uncomfortable with his notoriety in Boston. Ramirez is selling his Back Bay condo. Ramirez is the one who acted like he was 5 years old last summer. And oh, right. Ramirez is the one who signed an eight-year deal to play here for $160 million.
Yet, many of the folks at KeepManny.com seem to want to blame this whole situation on the Red Sox and that awful, evil media.
Manny, in turn, is treated like a deity. And you too can live in his condo. For just $6.9 million.
Which is about as much money as Ramirez will lose if he decides to sit out through May.
Alma mater Bishop Stang is headed to the Division 2 A Super Bowl Saturday against Duxbury after knocking off undefeated Wareham last night, 21-16. It's Stang's first trip to the Eastern Mass. championship game since 1993. Congrats. And not to play has-been here, but my 1991 senior team SHOULD have gone to the Super Bowl, too, if not for Dartmouth ruining our undefeated season on the Statue of Liberty play. You've never seen 11 players on the field at the same time that confused this side of Detroit. It seemed every single play went for a score, the real-life equivalent of the Tecmo Randall Cunningham flea flicker.
Don Banks lays out the playoff odds for the AFC and the NFC. The 6-5 Pats are at 95 percent, which ironically is the same chance they'll be knocked out in the first two rounds.
I've never seen anything like the Bruins. Never. Refusing to entirely watch last night's UHF-caliber coverage on OLN, I did flip by at one point to see Boston up 2-1 with about 10 minutes left. And I knew they were going to lose right there. Who didn't? It's become a virtual guarantee that the Bruins will hold a third-period lead, and will blow it in the last five minutes. Guaranteed.
The folks over at CN8 reported that Mike Sullivan would be fired in 24 hours. Last Wednesday. One hundred and sixty-eight hours later, we're still waiting. I can't wait for how they approach the "told ya" aspect of the story once it finally happens.
Entertainment Weekly doles out its Top 30 sports movies on DVD, a list that poses as many questions as how many times different outlets can do this same list over and over and over again. That being said, this might be the worst. First of all, "Million Dollar Baby" was such an awful and conniving flick to begin with, it belongs nowhere on any movie list with the word "sport" lingering nearby. Yet, EW has the "boxing" flick at No. 6. That's not the only confusion they seem to have over what constitutes a "sports movie" either, as they put "Better off Dead" in at No. 23. Que? No "Downhill Racer." No "Hot Dog, the Movie." EW's skiing entry is "Dead" by virtue of a dash down the elusive K12? Why not just go ahead classify "Top Gun" as a volleyball film since Tom Cruise and company dove around in the sand to the sounds of Kenny Loggins?
It's nice to see the Red Sox are still following Dan Duquette's master plan, isn't it? In case you missed it, the former Sox GM told the Eagle-Tribune's Rob Bradford, "The Red Sox are just executing a plan we put in place, which is to go out and sign as many good arms in the international free-agent market as we could."
See, that's all they're doing. Sure, they could use a few more Robinson Checos here and there, but it's the same plan.