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Posted by Charles P. Pierce January 22, 2009 05:59 AM

Well, I'm feeling all postpartisan and bygones-be-bygones, how about you?

Now that we have embarked on a new era of change and goodwill — and if you can’t believe flash-frozen CNN haircuts, who can you believe? — I think it’s time for the folks around here who work in and around sports to get with the program. For example, I think it’s time for us to invite Bill Polian down to Foxborough to see a show, shop for lingerie, buy a hamburger at an adjustable rate of interest, or whatever else he wants to do at the Kraft Family Empire along Route 1. Maybe he can go to the great big fishing shop and buy something that won’t sink before the third weekend of the playoffs. Let’s have Brian Cashman, Randy Levine, Hank Steinbrenner, and all the Yankee pooh-bahs over for some Triscuits and cheese, and we can ask them how they manage to stick up the entire state of New York without a gun.

There is one reconciliation devoutly to be wished, though. I have grown concerned about the local baseball team, and it’s not because I believe that the earth will open along Lansdowne Street and giant winged lizards will rise to devour the Cask ’n Flagon if the team doesn’t sign a 36-year-old catcher who hit .220 last year. (Note to the local hysterics: Josh Beckett has won two World Series with two different teams. He doesn’t need a nanny. Pass it on.) No, I’m concerned that the team will not hit well enough in the middle of the lineup, what with Jason Bay being the only incumbent thereabouts who is not both aging and injured. (David Ortiz says his wrist feels fine. Mazel tov. It’s January.)

I realize that they were good enough to get to within one game of defeating the Tampa Bay Rays last season for the right to have Cole Hamels stand them on their heads in the World Series, but I think they need a little additional pop to make sure that Ortiz and Mike Lowell can work their way back into shape carefully.

Cruising the sports pages the other day, I noticed that there is a free agent out there who’s hitting .314 lifetime with 527 home runs and who, last year, almost singlehandedly lifted a mediocre bunch of Los Angeles Dodgers into the playoffs. He hit 17 home runs down the stretch and knocked in 53 runs in as many games. And, almost unbelievably, he’s on the market. Right now. There seem to be some whispers about the San Francisco Giants, but they shouldn’t be that hard to outmaneuver, since they have Barry Zito tied to one leg like an anchor. A team with the sparkling young brainpower of the Boston Red Sox should be able to sabermetric the Giants back to the Island of Misfit Ballclubs, where they belong.

So what's standing in the way of the Red Sox solving all their offensive problems by signing free agent Manny Ramirez?

I know things didn't end well here. In fact, they ended so badly that a local television sports operation put together an actual documentary about how badly they ended, with ominous music and portentous sound bites. This was really quite something. The sportswriters in the show were positively mournful over the terrible situation that had arisen in the Red Sox clubhouse, where all was once unicorns and candy glass. Radio talk show hosts also were dreadfully exercised about the situation, and there is simply nothing like radio talk show hosts being dreadfully exercised about something. It's like watching high Mass in the monkey house. Curt Schilling got to play Braveheart dress-up again. People even yapped incoherently about keeping Ramirez out of the Hall of Fame because certain people believe he occasionally jaked his way out of the lineup. At least, at the eventual induction, he and Yaz will have something to talk about.

And there were, of course, the usual rumors about “off-the-field problems.” It behooves us to mention here that the greatest off-the-field kerfuffle last season involved that aforementioned catcher, without whom the lava flowing down Brookline Avenue this summer will complicate traffic considerably.

And that hasn't seemed to cool the ardor of his admirers among the sporty press.

Still, we are all postpartisan and bygones-be-bygones, right? I mean, you traded the guy. You leaked the stories. You got your infomercial on the television. In return, you got the most productive seven years that your team ever has gotten out of any player, not to mention the only two world championships the team has won since the Armistice was signed. Hey, you got rid of him. He didn't sneak out of town in a gorilla suit or anything.

It seems to me that all books are in balance and it's time to start anew. Bring him back. Can we forget the past? Can we let those bygones be bygones? Can we all just, you know, get along?

Dare I say it?

Yes, we can.

OT columnist Charles P. Pierce is a Boston Globe Magazine staff writer.

637 comments so far...
  1. No thank you!

    Posted by Denis January 22, 09 08:48 AM
  1. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SMOKING ???????????

    I THINK YOU NEED TO TURN IN YOUR WRITING LICENSE.... YOU FLAKED ON US......

    MANNY BELONGS IN PRISON FOR ATTACHING A 65 YR OLD MAN,,,,, NOT TO MENTION SUSPENDED BY MBL FOR HIS ANTICS ON THE FIELD AND HIS CONTRACT VIOLATIONS AND GENERAL DISRESPECT TO THE GAME....
    HOW DOES ONE DEAL WITH AN ADULT WHEN HE IS ABOUT 12 YEARS OLD AND HAS NO CONCEPT OF ADULTHOOD AND RESPONSIBILITY???? HIS TIME IS OVER !! HIS DEVIL HAS GONE AND WILL INFEST SOME OTHER TEAM..


    Posted by GEO January 22, 09 08:54 AM
  1. Finally some sanity in the Boston Globe sports page. Bring back Manny!!

    Posted by Al Pogarian January 22, 09 08:56 AM
  1. Let it go. He's gone. He didn't want to be here. We don't WANT him here. He's a good player with a crappy attitude. The team doesn't need that. Manny can fade away into obscurity as far as I'm concerned. Let him eat his sushi, and be happy nobody recognizes him (or, more accurately, CARES it's him) over in Cali. We were better after he left (team chemistry, and esprit de corps), and we'll be better if he stays gone. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    Posted by Chris January 22, 09 09:00 AM
  1. Other teams aren't falling all over themselves to sign him, why should Boston? Maybe if he took a pay cut, had a character clause in his contract and performed some public service (like give something back for a change) then it would be a consideration. BTW where does he play? LF? Moving JBay is a non-starter. DH? After what Big Papai has meant to the team? RF? OK, in a clown suit.

    Posted by Dogs4Pals January 22, 09 09:12 AM
  1. First of all Mr. Pierce I think you are a fine writer, but you have this nasty habit of using 100 words to say what could easily and articulately said in 50.
    Secondly the fact that you want Manny back and think it would be a good idea is why is why you should leave the sportswriting to those who cover it daily and for the most part have a clue.
    Manny, immature, injury faking, lowlife that he is QUIT on his teammates. Not to mention the owner who was paying him more than $140,000 per game to bat 4 times and make a fool of himself in the outfield. Would I love his bat in the Red Sox lineup? Of course. Would I want to see him on the team again? Not under any circumstances. And neither would most of his former teammates. And exactly what would you do with Jason Bay who is strictly a LFer? Leave sports to the sports guys.

    Posted by BobL January 22, 09 09:19 AM
  1. I hate to say it, but I agree, if we can let bygones be bygones, and Manny is happy! (which I think he would be thrilled if the Sox wanted to re-sign him). He would put up some great numbers and once again the Yankees will have to explain why they didn't win another World Series after breaking the bank once again.

    Posted by Russell January 22, 09 09:25 AM
  1. Christopher Columbus on a broomstick Charles. Remember the winning streak the team had after MR's departure? 16 games, or was it 17? What does it take to turn you off to this dude. He isn't getting signed for a reason and I think it because the guy is kind of low.

    Posted by norm c January 22, 09 09:27 AM
  1. BRING BACK MANNY!

    Posted by JOE KERR January 22, 09 09:31 AM
  1. He quit on the team. If he hit like he did in LA the Sox might have won it all instead of struggling to a game 7 with Tampa Bay in the ALCS. Let him go and let's win or lose with team players who play hard ALL the time.

    Posted by CJ in NH January 22, 09 09:33 AM
  1. Dumbest article I have ever read ... EVER. This guy makes excuses for and places blame on everyone except Manny. "The Sox leaked the stories" ... GOOD! They should have! As silly as it sounds there are more important things than winning. Like teacing young children that the worst thing you can ever do in sports is QUIT on your team.

    Posted by Joe January 22, 09 09:33 AM
  1. If Carl Everett returned to his prime, homerun hitting form, would you sign him also? Manny did many things here, but, in the end, he was a distraction and caused more problems than he was worth. The Sox might have had a better chance at beating the Rays in the division and in the ALCS, if he was in the roster, but they also lost several games when he was in the line-up and forgot how to swing the bat.

    Posted by Mike January 22, 09 09:45 AM
  1. Sure, let's bring Manny back. Great idea. Here's the catch. He gets a $400,000 base contract plus incentives. Kick backs for HR's over 30, RBI's over 100, AVG of .300 and games played at 130. The only way to guarantee he tries is if he is compensated, as he proved after the move to LA. Those numbers are easy to reach if you look at the second half of last year, so no worries, right?

    Posted by Steve N. January 22, 09 09:45 AM
  1. Are you so desperate about whether or not the Red Sox win a few extra games that you're willing to pay that schmuck $20 plus million a year? Really? Wow!

    Charlie, I generally enjoy your commentary, but you've been wrong about the Ramirez isse from the start. At the time of the BIG TRADE, you said, and I quote, "I wouldn't be Jason Bay for all the money Manny ever made." The implication being that he would do poorly in a Red Sox uniform and feel the wrath of frustrated fans. You were wrong about that. Bay played very well. The team played better without Manny and they came very close to getting back to the World Series.

    I would much rather watch a man of Bay's character and integrity play left field for the Red Sox than Manny Ramirez any day!

    Posted by Vermonter17032 January 22, 09 09:45 AM
  1. In this economy I don't think we should gamble millions of $$ on a guy that only plays hard when he feels like it. Character and chemistry are more important than stats.

    Posted by Steve in Vermont January 22, 09 09:48 AM
  1. This is a poorly written article. The author didn't even state valid arguments for bringing Ramirez back. Where would he play? Why would even Manny sign here? Why would ownership sign him?
    This is almost like one of those knuckleheads that calls WEEI and gets made fun of.
    To put it simply, the author knew exactly what he was doing. He just wants to get his name known and get people talking. The Boston Globe should be embarrassed.

    Posted by Tucker January 22, 09 09:50 AM
  1. It is not Manny who "really" wanted to go, it was Boras. You see Boras would make nothing if Manny had his two year options picked up by the Sox. Just as he did with A-Rod, Boras did this.

    John Henry is a huge Manny fan and resisted letting him go! Yes, I think Manny never wanted to leave and perhaps an Varitek like meeting to clear the air, is in order!

    Posted by Blorf January 22, 09 09:50 AM
  1. LOL...how ironic that these 2need eack other..

    Posted by Mario January 22, 09 09:51 AM
  1. Theo and front office need to apologize to Manny. They helped it end badly. Bring him back so he can retire as a RS

    Posted by jimdaytona January 22, 09 09:52 AM
  1. Did you seriously BUMP your head!!!!! Hell no!!

    Posted by ph January 22, 09 09:53 AM
  1. Manny tried to blow up the club hose. No olive branch for him.

    Posted by AW January 22, 09 09:54 AM
  1. We'd look like the biggest idiots under the sun if we took Manny back. Huge mistake. Numbers aren't everything. Character counts, and that's the huge hole that is missing in Manny. Manny doesn't understand the 'we' part of team.

    Pretty telling that with his big numbers, no one seems to want him.

    I don't see a hole on our team either, we have Lowell coming back, Ortiz, Bay, Drew, Youk, Pedroia. We're pretty solid.

    Posted by Pam January 22, 09 09:55 AM
  1. This guy is simply the worst writer on the staff. When he's not pushing his political agenda, he's making up stupid stuff to "make people talk." Do you really want to put Manny back into a dugout that voted him off the island, Chuck? Those flashy, awesome stats you quoted... doesn't it seem odd to you that NO ONE ELSE has signed Manny, either? Maybe there's a reason for it. Save your snarky anti-Schilling, anti-management BS for the remaining handful of Manny fanboys and leave the rest of us with a pulse alone.

    Posted by SG January 22, 09 09:55 AM
  1. The fact that Manny has received practiaclly no interest from other teams is sweet justice!

    How can you even suggest we bring back a player who quit on us like that and this isn't the 1st season he's done so. Manny dogs it here cuz he doesn't get what he wants contract-wise, fakes a knee injury (Who could forget that Manny couldn't even remember what knee he hurt so he had to have them both MRI'd) forces the trade then goes lights out in LA! The Numbers in LA proved one thing.. Manny was faking it here to get out of his contract and he will only perform if he's happy. I paid no attention to the LA #'s as I knew that there was no way Manny would have even come close to those numbers if he was with the Sox through the rest of last year.

    What is interesting now is that Manny will likely have to "settle" on the 2 yr $45 million that the Dodgers are offering (Why haven't they pulled that yet?) So since he's not getting what he wants lets see how he performs out there this year! I think Dodger fans will be in for a rude awakening!

    .

    Posted by Chowdah January 22, 09 09:56 AM
  1. Manny being Manny means one RBI per game. Bring him back. One year deal with an option.

    Posted by Moondgo23 January 22, 09 10:02 AM
  1. You don't go after a player you let go for deserting his team and teammates. Period.

    You seem to have a short memory Charles. Manny's teammates were ticked off. They spoke up about it.

    Besides, 2 words will assure he never comes back again:

    Scott Boras.

    Together, these 2 personify everything that is bad. Greed. Deceit. No integrity. No loyalty.

    Together

    Posted by gfahey January 22, 09 10:04 AM
  1. The comments here don't seem to be very well thought out. Lets not become Philadelphia fans. Are we going to whine when Manny bothers us, or when our offense struggles through the ALCS? He is immature and he does act like a 12-year old. But if can win us the East and a World Series, lets go get him. We will not be able to compete with Teixeira, Jeter, Sabathia, and Rodriguez with our lineup the way it is. Lets be mature, suck it up, and forgive Manny. We need him now more than ever

    Posted by Nick H January 22, 09 10:04 AM
  1. there is a reason manny is still on the market.

    this is a ridiculous article mr p. no doubt about it.

    Posted by brad grinnen January 22, 09 10:04 AM
  1. "Can we let those bygones be bygones?"
    Pierce neglects to consider one major factor in his foolhardy pipe-dream, even IF "we" were willing to forgive and forget, who says Manny would ever set foot in Boston again accept as an opponent? How can the Sox possibly trust that they would get a 100% effort and team first attitude from a guy who has proven to be out for himself, not to mention every last dollar?
    The people who continue to support him absolutely amaze me and sometimes I think it reflects on their character. I guess they're so hopelessly disillusioned that short of Manny breaking all Ten Commandments, he'd still be God's gift to mankind.
    He laid down on his teammates for the world to see and you think the Sox would want him back?
    I can only imagine the locker room reaction to that news.


    Posted by Tuck January 22, 09 10:05 AM
  1. I don't know what's worse.... Mazz consistantly finding ways to add "Tex" to any and all articles he writes, or THIS article about bringing back Manny?!

    We didn't let Manny go because he was simply a dread-headed problem child. We let him go because HE QUIT PLAYING for us!

    Don't bring up his 17 HR's and 53 RBI's in 53 games with the Dodgers in an attempt to sway us into wanting him back. You know WHY he hit like Babe Ruth after being traded??? BECAUSE HE WANTED TO! When he was in Boston, HE DIDN'T WANT TO!

    Get over it. Sign Adam Dunn to play 1B. Deal Lowell to SF (they need a 3B). Move Youk back to 3B.

    Dunn doesn't wow you with his BA. But look at his OBP (pushing .400). And his power numbers--numbers that could/should soar in Fenway.

    Forget Manny

    Posted by CajunCaine January 22, 09 10:08 AM
  1. Dumb!

    1) Manny never liked it here.

    2) Manny is looking for a huge payday, the reason why he hired Borass.

    3) He burnt the bridge, and Framinghame Lou said the locker room was saying that Manny was "Carl Everett bad".

    4) Bay is no chump, his numbers are not as good but somewhat equal to Manny's....and Bay is younger and a better all around ball player.

    5) the players didn't want him here anymore.....

    Posted by mike January 22, 09 10:08 AM
  1. Do a survey and you'll see how much he is loved in Boston, NOT!

    Posted by Denis January 22, 09 10:08 AM
  1. Please let the Yanks have him, I would love that.

    Posted by Denis January 22, 09 10:10 AM
  1. Absolutely Manny should be considered. This is a business. We have a need. Manny can fill the need. Given the past however, the Red Sox should structure incentives to reduce problems. A "clubhouse" bonus; etc.

    Posted by Michael in VA January 22, 09 10:10 AM
  1. No Way! As every day passes Manny stews a little longer. Any team that signs him now will be getting him at a price HE feels is too low and then it is only a matter of time before he quits on his team.

    Posted by radosox January 22, 09 10:10 AM
  1. I would rather see Barry Bonds come to town !!

    Posted by Sully January 22, 09 10:13 AM
  1. I'd rather have a case of the clap!

    Posted by Denis January 22, 09 10:14 AM
  1. Name three things Manny and this writer have in common. Respect for the game, respect for your teammates, and respect for the yourself. As much as it hurt to see the Rays beat my Red Sox last year, I enjoyed the tremendous and obvious abundance of this three qualities exibited by their players and manager. Get a clue guy, you can't win with a disruptive and disrespecful presence like Manny either in the clubhouse or the news room.

    Posted by stpeteman January 22, 09 10:15 AM
  1. Tough to find a better hitter.... I loved Manny, he's the best hitter the team has ever had, and very exciting to watch good or bad. He soured a lot of people in Boston on his way out, Management, Teammates and Fans. I wish he was more professional and not so Manny being Manny... Because He¡¦d make this line up a force to be reckoned with. When I first read this I thought who would you sit, it would have to be J. Ellsbury. Drew could handle 110 games at center field and Bay could move to RF. You¡¦d have 4 30 homer guys in the middle of your line up and two 20 something homer guys at either end, that would be great¡K. BUT its never going to happen ƒ¼

    Posted by BO January 22, 09 10:16 AM
  1. Sweet Justice? Yeah, you are a Boston moron! Though your name doesn't leave much to wonder there... Look, the guy is a child, yes, but he plays a friggin' game for a living, what do you expect? I mean, Pedro hired a midget (RIP) as a good luck charm to help win the 2004 world series, isn't that childish? The fact is, in professional sports, you have these kind of personalities (see Owens, Terrell; Moss, Randy; Burress, Plaxico) and sometimes you just have to GET OVER IT if you want your team to... you know... win!
    What's more disgusting? That Manny wanted out of a city that kindof treated him schizophrenically sometimes? Or that Tom Brady was NEVER seen on the sidelines supporting his team that was ailing without him? I say the latter. (sidenote, the utter lack of attention to this is sinful, and biased sports journalism... not that I wouldn't be alone with Gisele for as much time as I could either, but I digress....)
    Look, I don't want the drama back. It felt like someone removed an anchor from my shoulders when they traded him. But I love the Sox, and I want them to win. When we lost in the Teixeira sweepstakes, we created a spot that HAS to be filled. If you can't see that, then you might need to read up on professional baseball. Because without another failsafe powerful bat in our lineup, we can't count on a championship. I'm not saying we should throw ourselves at him again... I'm saying that IF we find ourselves completely out of options, Ramirez and his baggage could be the difference between a 2009 banner and a "wait till next year" t-shirt.

    Posted by Jay January 22, 09 10:17 AM
  1. If you guys want to be taken seriously.......please check for typing errors !!! Manny is unusual to say the least ...but I doubt he ever tried to blow up the club "hose" When Manny came to bat while he was actually trying to hit , it made one feel a bit sorry for the opposing pitcher. When he wasn't trying his best you felt sorry for the Red Sox. His batting skills will put him into the HOF ,but his lack of responsibility to his team will keep him anywhere else.

    Waiting for Spring in Canada

    Posted by Andrew Mancuso January 22, 09 10:19 AM
  1. How many times did he quit on us, and more importantly, his own teammates? You think they want him back? Take a vote in the clubhouse. If Pap, and Youk, and Pedey, and Lowell, and Poppy and the veterans want him back. I'll sign up. But check with the team first. Chemistry is a building block to championships. The 04 and 07 sox proved that.

    Posted by CTgoSox January 22, 09 10:20 AM
  1. Intercourse Manny. Done, Finished. Period. No need to talk about it again.
    Stop writing stories about him, I will stop reading stories about him, I will stop blogging about him.

    ENOUGH, already. Jeez! Remember, he is a selfish baby and Boras is his agent. Let him flounder in mediocrity in San Francisco or better yet, Japan.

    Posted by dbmedia January 22, 09 10:21 AM
  1. Journalism should be about something more than snappy phrases and ho-ho-ho's. The Manny issue became, rightfully, a CHARACTER issue. Why not write about that? If you want to be cute tie a pink ribbon in your hair and write for Cosmo.

    Posted by shedd1 January 22, 09 10:22 AM
  1. I read Pierce's article last week advocating for the celtics to try to sign Stephon Marbury and this weeks's article about the Red Sox trying to sign Manny. I can't wait for next weeks article about how the Patriots should try to sign Terrel Owens or how the Bruins should go after Steve Avery

    Posted by BL January 22, 09 10:22 AM
  1. You wrote:

    "People even yapped incoherently about keeping Ramirez out of the Hall of Fame because certain people believe he occasionally jaked his way out of the lineup. At least, at the eventual induction, he and Yaz will have something to talk about."

    Are you kidding me? Obviously you are too young to remember Yaz. While he might not have run out a groundball here and there-- usually one-hoppers to the pitcher or first baseman, he never asked out of the lineup, ever. When he was in his 40's, Ralph Houk gave him his pick regarding which game of the next days double header that he wanted to sit. Yaz insisted on playing both games. Check his record. He played every day and he played injured.

    Posted by Ted Wozny January 22, 09 10:24 AM
  1. Please resign Manny, and we all know as long as he hits all will be forgiven in Boston

    Posted by Charlie January 22, 09 10:25 AM
  1. Charle, if it were your decision, would you pay someone $20 million to only work when they felt like, who you couldn't rely on as a teammate/co-worker, and who physically assaulted a 65 year-old man over something incredibly trivial in a "Don't you know who I am?" kind of way? Really? I don't think I would...

    Posted by stephaniejudithtanner January 22, 09 10:27 AM
  1. Yes, I realize that the article was written partially "for effect" and it's worked. Nice job, Charles. That being said, there is a parallel between Manny and Tek, at least financially. One took bad advice and passed on an absurdly generous arbitration offer, and one took matters into his own hands and behaved just poorly enough to give him the chance to try and make more money this year. They both miscalculated badly. In Tek's case, hopefully the club has assessed the true value, tacked on a little for loyalty and is preparing a n offer in the $5 million neighborhood for a year. In Manny's case, he is a player that is certainly needed based on statistics by the team. How about a similar $10 million offer, which does not offer the same loyalty type bump as Tek. Would he accept it? Of course not. But...if he did, we can all agree the team would be better.

    Posted by Art January 22, 09 10:28 AM
  1. listen you loser, Manny did get traded, and he did give us a great 7.5 seasons, but he quit, and perhaps you need to be reminded he was paid for his services..so cut the stir the pot crap, he is not a true professional....he quit, quit on his team, his owner, his fans and to the baseball fans across the country, why dont you pay him, you should be ashamed, are you that devoid of creative talent that you have to scribe this garbarge in Jan.........

    Posted by Tim January 22, 09 10:29 AM
  1. More bear baiting. Better to ignore articles like this.

    Posted by James Bachmann January 22, 09 10:33 AM
  1. Bring back Nomar. Bring back Roger.Bring back Pedro. Let bygones be bygones. Bring back Manny?? I'd sooner finish last.

    Posted by EdS January 22, 09 10:34 AM
  1. Bring him back??? How MLB investigates him for throwing games.He`s in the same catagory as P.Rose.

    Posted by viktor January 22, 09 10:35 AM
  1. Can we bring back Clemens too?

    Posted by Rick January 22, 09 10:37 AM
  1. Brainiac. Where does manny fit into your new lineup. dumb idea and dumb story.

    Posted by vtskibum January 22, 09 10:40 AM
  1. I think the Sox should contact Boras with a ridiculous offer, have him and his client fly in and then when they get here, tell them they changed their minds.

    Posted by bosoxfannj January 22, 09 10:41 AM
  1. I'll take Jason Bay any day over Manny-the-Idiot. Bay is a complete player and a team player. Manny isnt. Period.

    Posted by MMole January 22, 09 10:41 AM
  1. no doubt, MR broke all our hearts and yes, it's almost unforgiveable how he left our beloved team/town ... but a one year deal w/option, hmmm, post #25 has a point ... imagine MR playing sooo hard, donating time to numerous charitable events and being sooo respectful of his team, teammates AND the game ... wow, what a fantasy !

    having to prove his worth through the 09season, through 162+++ would be a delight : )

    GO Sox !!!

    Posted by fl-panhandle-fan January 22, 09 10:42 AM
  1. Bring back Manny!!!

    Find him a place to live (outside of Boston), and welcome him back so he and Papi can hang together again and he can entertain the fans!!!

    Posted by Sophie January 22, 09 10:45 AM
  1. Hey Charles, weren't you, at one time an ACTUAL sports writer? There are blogs being written by middle school children that I would take more serious than this. You have really embarrassed yourself with this one!

    Posted by Tim Ellis January 22, 09 10:45 AM
  1. I say - here, here!

    Who is out there to hit behind Papi from the right side? Sammy Sosa? I mean is Youk, or Lowell or Bay intimidating enough to have pitchers PITCH to Papi and not around him? Methinks, not! And besides, perhaps Big Papi would Papi-up once again if Manny were back slinging shots into the Monsta seats and beyond!
    I concur! Bring back Manny for 2 years at $50M with an option and be done with it! Pedroia, Youk Ortiz, Ramirez, Bay Lowell Drew Varitek Lowrie

    Posted by Dean Tong January 22, 09 10:46 AM
  1. Where does he play?
    DH? Papi, Rocco already there.
    LF? Bay, Rocco already there.
    RF? Drew, Rocco already there.
    Mars? maybe

    Posted by Jeff January 22, 09 10:46 AM
  1. Manny was absolutely raking in July, carrying the Sox, before he was traded. Quit my ass.

    I'd gladly welcome him back with open arms. He is a tremendous hitting talent and it was a joy to watch him do this thing every day.

    Posted by Jeffery Lebowski January 22, 09 10:49 AM
  1. If they took Manny back, I'D QUIT RED SOX NATION AND MOVE TO CANADA!!

    Posted by elizabetsy January 22, 09 10:51 AM
  1. You are an idiot. Why bring him back? He will just quit on them again...he does not want to be there. Go do some research and write a worthwhile article.

    Posted by Dare I say dumb? January 22, 09 10:52 AM
  1. That's just crazy talk!

    Posted by kala January 22, 09 10:55 AM
  1. Amen to comments 36 & 37, they sum it up perfectly.

    Posted by Mike from Wlfd January 22, 09 10:55 AM
  1. Who do you get rid of to make room for him genious? Your selective memory seems to have left out the fact that this team gelled once this man child left the building. His monstrous production with LA just showed how much more he had to give. What did we get? A story about bad knees. Would you seriously want to be his teammate? It's a lot easier to deal with him from the press box eh?

    Posted by JB January 22, 09 10:58 AM
  1. CHARLIE... GET THE INPRESSION THAT RS FANS ARE INTERESTED IN MORE THEN ONE THING....HITTING...
    IE. BEING PROFESSIONAL. ACTUALLY CARING FOR YOUR TEAM AND TEAM-MATES. OH YA ,AND THE FANS THAT PAY YOUR SALARY. HIS TEAMATES WOULD REVOLT IF THEY BROUGHT THIS CANCER BACK INTO THE CLUB HOUSE.....

    Posted by JOE FROM FLORIDA January 22, 09 10:59 AM
  1. Same category as Pete Rose?
    that's ridiculous!!
    He's a great player who was a key part of 2 championship teams.
    He's a first year Hall of Fame player. Sox fans will realize how important having a huge bat behind Ortiz is to the team when they go the next decade without another championship.
    Jason Bay is a nice guy...so was Mike Greenwell..those type of players can not lead a team to winning it all. Asses who are great players do.

    Posted by Chuck January 22, 09 10:59 AM
  1. I'd rather lose

    Posted by wb1111 January 22, 09 11:00 AM
  1. I would have to believe this article was meant to be funny.

    Posted by Terry January 22, 09 11:01 AM
  1. Won't happen...stupid article.

    Posted by josh January 22, 09 11:02 AM
  1. Manny had his great 53 games with the Dodgers and cut back the locks on his head because we was seeking a new contract. If we can sign him to a one year deal, fine (but he proabaly wouldn't take it). But otherwise, he's just going to quit on his teammates again. Also remember that this year he turns 37 years old, so this year or next his production is just going to drop like a rock off a cliff.

    Posted by Forrest January 22, 09 11:02 AM
  1. Please don't bring him back.

    Posted by Ann Carmody January 22, 09 11:04 AM
  1. theres a reason manny is still un- signed, hes a cancer in the clubhouse id rather see the sox trade for fielder or sign adam dunn , bring manny back? no thank you
    as they say " been there, done that, moved on "

    Posted by joe January 22, 09 11:04 AM
  1. I can't believe people feel so badly against him. He was the most followed Sox player and everyone, all of the media, were after him. They are what turned the Sox against Manny and vice-versa.

    IMO, Manny is one of the greatest players in baseball history, deservedly so. I don't know where he would fit in the lineup, but I'd be willing to keep the door open. I've been saying since the end of the season. Bring him back to BOSTON!!!!

    Posted by Drew January 22, 09 11:04 AM
  1. Now , I live in upstate NY but watch every Red Sox game and read the Globe on-line every day...so why am I the only one out there who doesn't know what Jason Veritek did last summer that was morally terrible ? Someone please spell it out.

    Posted by Larry January 22, 09 11:04 AM
  1. The Globe used to have higher standards. This piece is nothing more than a lowly globe writer's attempt to achieve notoriety by writing something that would be controversial if it wasn't so absurd. Journalists are losing their jobs left and right so I suppose it's may be a sad cry for attention. Stop wasting our time and give us real sports reporting and opinion.

    Posted by BackBaySoxFan January 22, 09 11:04 AM
  1. dumbest article I have read in some time...and I read Callahan everyday

    Posted by Tony January 22, 09 11:04 AM
  1. This reminds me of a Rush Limbaugh statement: Say something truly inflammatory and impossible, and see what happens. Good only for its entertainment value. His exit and agent are all you need to know. Isn't. Going. to. HAPPEN.

    I'd say Bobby Abeau would be a nice lefty DH replacement if Ortiz's hand is not OK.

    Posted by LeftOut January 22, 09 11:04 AM
  1. Was just a matter of time before a writer did something like this for the sake of controversy.

    Posted by nyys January 22, 09 11:05 AM
  1. what a waste of a writing peice/space - write about the rookies or the kids in the minors, or about what we can look forward to seeing in 09? manny, no thanks.

    Posted by mark January 22, 09 11:05 AM
  1. D-U-M-B!!!!! And so are the idiots (like this author) that want to bring him back! enough said.... NEXT!

    Posted by Jon January 22, 09 11:05 AM
  1. Who cares? A bunch of steroid-jacked crybabies playing a game everyone takes way too seriously. They're overpaid too, and will dump their loyalties in a second for a bit more coin.

    Posted by iLLogicaL January 22, 09 11:06 AM
  1. Folks, this is meant to be sarcastic. Please calm down.

    Posted by K January 22, 09 11:06 AM
  1. I think Manny was the greatest Red Sox player to ever strut the field at Fenway, I would trade any player to get him back, never mind just signing him!! GET HIM BACK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Chris Donaghue of Southie January 22, 09 11:06 AM
  1. I'm waiting for the day he steps up to the plate against Beckett and gets drilled.Nothing would please me more.

    Posted by Muck Fanny January 22, 09 11:07 AM
  1. No thanks to Manny. He's childish, petty, and was glad to hear the Sox were knocked out of the playoffs last year. Before missing his bat, remember how often he was "Manny being Manny" constantly, playing only if he wanted to do so. How many times was he "sick" or "hurt" or watched hittable pitches. No, we don't need that.

    Posted by mhc90 January 22, 09 11:07 AM
  1. Here is an idea.
    Let's offer Manny a one year Contract at the Major League minimum of $350,000

    He then gets a 5 million dollar bonus for 400, 500, 550, and 600 plate appearances as well as million dollar bonuses for winning a Silver Slugger, LCS and WS MVP's, Gold Glove(hah!) and bonuses depending on where he finishes in the MVP voting. If he meets 600 plate appearances his contract automatically kicks in for the next year at base salary of 10 million with the same bonuses in place. If he plays hard Manny should have no problem making much more then he is currently being offered. Of course, it is Manny.

    If

    Posted by Kevin January 22, 09 11:08 AM
  1. HE IS A CANCER TO THE TEAM AND RED SOX NATION!!!! I am glad he is eating some humble pie! He is not as good as he thinks he is! BAN MANNY!!! BAN MANNY!!! He is NOT welcome here!!!!!

    Posted by #redsoxfan January 22, 09 11:08 AM
  1. In a heartbeat take him back.. Going no where without him.

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 11:08 AM
  1. I would trade ten JIM Rices to get Manny back,

    Posted by Chris Donaghue of Southie January 22, 09 11:09 AM
  1. Here is an idea.
    Let's offer Manny a one year Contract at the Major League minimum of $350,000

    He then gets a 5 million dollar bonus for 400, 500, 550, and 600 plate appearances as well as million dollar bonuses for winning a Silver Slugger, LCS and WS MVP's, Gold Glove(hah!) and bonuses depending on where he finishes in the MVP voting. If he meets 600 plate appearances his contract automatically kicks in for the next year at base salary of 10 million with the same bonuses in place. If he plays hard Manny should have no problem making much more then he is currently being offered. Of course, it is Manny.

    If

    Posted by Kevin January 22, 09 11:09 AM
  1. I LOVE TO SEE MANNY BACK!!! But I really really really doubt it would happen. After all the things he has done to his team mates and what he's done to the front office. AND where would you put him? Bay in Left, J.D. in Right and deff not in center. also Big Poppa as a DH.

    Posted by andy January 22, 09 11:09 AM
  1. Sure, bring cancer back after you have been cured.

    Posted by Phil January 22, 09 11:09 AM
  1. The bridge has been burned.. there is no return possible

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 11:09 AM
  1. Let's bring back Roger too! Manny is an idiot cancer that his teammates didn't want anymore and they knew what his offensive impact was.

    Posted by Vern January 22, 09 11:12 AM
  1. Oh yeah, bring back Manny - but only after The Globe brings back Mike Barnicle and Patricia Smith. Get it?

    Posted by OCB January 22, 09 11:12 AM
  1. Bring Back Manny- it would worth it to see Shaughnessy and the other oldfarts choke on their words. It would also let them know they no longer have the power to chase talent out of town

    Posted by APC January 22, 09 11:12 AM
  1. Sad really, you have reverted back to the pre 80 years without a World Series why can't we beat the Yankees knee jerk reaction. Now the panic because Hank Steindbrenner opened the wallet and spent huge amounts of dough to buy one more ring before daddy kicks the bucket.

    Pathetic.

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 11:12 AM
  1. I cannot get over how much credit some people give Manny for the two World Series titles. It seems to me that the Sox did not win any titles, despite having Manny in left, until a certain loud mouth pitcher moved up from Arizona to break a curse. I don't get how Manny got the WS MVP over this same bloody socked loud mouth, especially since all the key hits in that series (and the one before) where by the guy hitting ahead of him in the lineup. I would also note that the Sox did not win their second World Series for a couple more years, until that loud mouth pitcher was again healthy.

    In short, Manny is not the cog that led the Sox to win the world series, it was Schilling, with an honorable mention to Papi.

    Posted by Randy January 22, 09 11:12 AM
  1. Sad really, you have reverted back to the pre 80 years without a World Series why can't we beat the Yankees knee jerk reaction. Now the panic because Hank Steindbrenner opened the wallet and spent huge amounts of dough to buy one more ring before daddy kicks the bucket.

    Pathetic.

    Posted by Peter January 22, 09 11:12 AM
  1. Bring Him Back Now!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by allie316 January 22, 09 11:13 AM
  1. No ...... no ....... and, oh ya ........ no!

    Don't know what you have been smoking but you had better exhale. The clubhouse is just as it should be.

    Don't you recall Jason Bay's first at bat at the Fens ..... damn guy had tears in his eyes ... and he hadn't even swung a bat. Manny got what he deserved - let him deal with it!

    Posted by Jimmy January 22, 09 11:14 AM
  1. are you crazy? you would reward this bum with a contract? you should be giving advice to the Yankees!!

    Posted by HSR January 22, 09 11:14 AM
  1. Charles,
    You must be having a great time savoring all these comments! You sure stirred up the pot, and look what you got! A steaming bouillabaisse of bad blood, broken hearts, Manny longings, life lessons, spicy factoids, and more! Enjoy!


    Posted by graycliffer January 22, 09 11:14 AM
  1. Easily one of the dumbest columns ever written by a very bright fellow. Pierce, you disappoint me . . . but I'll give you a pass one this one.

    Posted by John January 22, 09 11:15 AM
  1. Hilarious!! What an entertaining piece...thanks for this -- it made me laugh out loud. Equally hilarious is the indignation some are showing in these comments, also making me laugh. Get a grip folks!! Glad to have a laugh about a game played by grown men, rather than reading more really awful, catastrophic economic news. Thanks again Mr. Pierce. I happened to agree with a wonderful Slate piece you did last year about how dumb the RS were for getting rid of Manny in the first place. Without Manny, and as they were unable to seal the deal with Texeira, the Sox are likely looking at being in second or third place next year. But we'll see! Whatever happens, let's hope it distracts us from the awful state of the world.

    Posted by Marlo January 22, 09 11:17 AM
  1. It's amazing how many people bought the propaganda the Boston media threw at us about Manny's leaving. It's nice to hear a reasonable voice, and the comments saying that the author needs to hand in his license because of this article are nuts.

    Posted by Dmitri January 22, 09 11:17 AM
  1. ABSOLUTELY! And While we're at it lets bring back George Bush and Dick Cheney!

    Posted by CL January 22, 09 11:18 AM
  1. i'd rather lose every game every season with a team full of guys that try hard rather than win every game every season with a team full of Manny's. isn't that why Red Sox Nation despises the Yankees so much...all money, no heart? I'll pass.

    Posted by jake January 22, 09 11:18 AM
  1. Wow, that flowery prose seems familiar, Kevin Paul, is that you????

    Posted by GaryGeiger January 22, 09 11:18 AM
  1. APPARENTLY THE GLOBE DOES NOT MANDATE DRUG TESTING FOR THEIR WRITERS!!!

    Posted by B January 22, 09 11:20 AM
  1. It's tough to say who's dumber ... Republicans, or Sox fans who think that the team is better off without Manny. Any Sox fan who does not like Manny was blacked out from 2001-2007, and obviously never watched him play, but rather followed his career through the twisted words of Gordon Edes and his Curly-Haired Boyfriend. Wake up.

    Posted by MGG January 22, 09 11:20 AM
  1. Are you out of you freaking mind?!?!

    Posted by I.P. Freely January 22, 09 11:20 AM
  1. You Sir are an absolute FOOL! Manny's presence would tear that club house apart if Kevin Youkilis didn't tear him apart first. I hope this article was a joke, if not you are a fool and should be looking for a new job

    Posted by BRyan January 22, 09 11:21 AM
  1. Are you crazy? No way do not bring that knucklehead back,maybe Obama has a job for him the his cabinet..

    Posted by BoFan January 22, 09 11:22 AM
  1. Don't need Manny's lack of work ethic. You people have short memories as to how he acted toward the end of his time in uniform. He belongs on the unemployment line.

    Posted by SoxFan January 22, 09 11:22 AM
  1. People forget he was a cancer in clubhouse. His teammates don't want him back, why would the fans. See ya Manny....it's been nice!

    Posted by Walter January 22, 09 11:22 AM
  1. If you move Manny to DH, then Papi is out. If you move Manny to Left, than Ellsbury is out and your outfield stinks, when it was the best in baseball just a year ago. I'm more afraid that if we don't sign Manny it will turn into the "curse of ManRam" and it may be a while before we win anything again. Otherwise, who needs him? He's a quitter!

    Posted by matt January 22, 09 11:22 AM
  1. Are you kidding! 1. You need to get another job, because you suck at this one. 2. He quit on his teammmates. A cardinal sin. 3. He went out and got Boras right before the season. A sign he wanted out as we all know how Boras works. Boras wasn't going to get a dime if Manny stayed. 4. SCREW HIM!! Manny being Manny can take it somewhere else. I'd rather watch a competitive team with character than watch his crap all year. If he comes back I'll send back my seasons tix. I would hope that management has a bit more self respect than that.

    Posted by Rascal60 January 22, 09 11:22 AM
  1. I loved the years with Manny and always will.

    That said, it's best that he and the team move in different directions. Planet Manny took a dark, disturbing turn last year. Fans that are clamoring to have him back must have some form of battered wife syndrome. This guy took a big crap all over you, and you want him back. How can you look yourselves in the mirror?

    Posted by JimR January 22, 09 11:22 AM
  1. How does this guy paid to have a sports column?

    Posted by Keith January 22, 09 11:23 AM
  1. Yeah, and Carl Everett too! ! ! After all Carl is such a team motivator....he really gets them worked up in the clubhouse. NOT

    Posted by Paul January 22, 09 11:24 AM
  1. No need for this piece of garbage. Let's move on.
    Anyway we have a better all aorund player who is a much better team player and person in Jason Bay.

    Posted by Bob G. January 22, 09 11:24 AM
  1. This is the stupidest idea that I've heard in a while....

    Posted by Mark January 22, 09 11:24 AM
  1. NO WAY! KEEP HIM OUT OF BOSTON! Listen, I used to love Manny and look past his antics......until from mid-season on this past season. He showed his hand to all of us....he is a greedy, self-centered, shameless team-mate. We may suffer without his bat in the lineup, but there is a damn good reason no one has signed him yet. No one wants to take the risk and he has a bad track record.

    Posted by Chris January 22, 09 11:24 AM
  1. MAN its hard to change your mind once its made up! But I gotta say that Charles has himself a point. F#*k it! He's an absolute MONSTER! 17 homers down the stretch! 53 rbi in 53 games! BRING BACK MANNY RAMIREZ!!! (I cant believe I just said that) Jeremy in VT

    Posted by jeremy fleming January 22, 09 11:25 AM
  1. Manny's one of my favorite all-time Sox players. They might have won the W.S. with him last year. I'd love to see him back.

    Posted by Grego January 22, 09 11:25 AM
  1. I don't understand why people cannot see past the Yankees at this point. We by no means NEED that clubhouse cancer Manny. Yes, NY spent an insane amount of $$$ on Tex, CC and Burnett BUT they lost Mussina (replaced with CC...maybe) Giambi and Abreau (replaced by Tex) and Pettite (replaced by Burnett) The only difference is that none of those 3 have dealt with a pressure packed environment and ego filled clubhouse like NY that can crush some of the best. Sox pitching is MUCH better and offense is solid. The Rays are still just as big a threat as the yanks.

    Posted by Charlie Pickles January 22, 09 11:25 AM
  1. Bring Back Manny!!!! One of the best hitter in the history of baseball. If he was such a problem in the clubhouse how did they win 2 championships with him?

    Posted by SteveM January 22, 09 11:25 AM
  1. Great idea... Lerts bring Manny back to a place he hates and back to a team that probably hates him. This is the same guy that sits out of key games, assualts senior citizens, basically says he hates living in Boston, and clearly QUIT on the team last year. I would rather see Manny go without getting signed because he is an alien

    Posted by in your face January 22, 09 11:25 AM
  1. You are not serious. Good ploy to get a response from readers though.

    Posted by Rob January 22, 09 11:26 AM
  1. No

    Posted by MLD37 January 22, 09 11:26 AM
  1. There is a reason Manny is having trouble getting signed, other teams watched the baloney he pulled off here. We do not need to bring him back we are not the yankees who only care about money, we want a team that plays well because they have heart. In this economy especially I do not want to watch a player whining about how he's not making enough money when the rest of us are struggling just to stay on our feet.

    Posted by Ashia Jae January 22, 09 11:26 AM
  1. Hey, Charlie, did you run this one by Francona?

    I'd pay to see that. Hell, I'd sell popcorn.

    Posted by duinne January 22, 09 11:26 AM
  1. Bloody Sock? you still honestly believe that?

    Posted by Chuck January 22, 09 11:27 AM
  1. Why stop with Manny? Bring back Nomar too for that SS hole that's not been the same since he left??
    This is a joke, right? Or is it just a zinger of a fluff piece to provoke fans and (I am shocked...shocked to say it), attract readers to this new paper?

    Posted by adagio52 January 22, 09 11:27 AM
  1. Oy-vey!

    Posted by jbozak January 22, 09 11:27 AM
  1. Absolutely NOT !!!!!!! Good riddance to him and his attitude !!!!!! Noone wants him !!!

    Posted by mc January 22, 09 11:27 AM
  1. BRING HIM BACK NOW!!!!!!!!

    Posted by allie316 January 22, 09 11:27 AM
  1. Manny is a great hitter, a poor outfielder, a poor baserunner, but a hall of famer, because of his bat....He had 8 great years as a Red Sox, but he is a 36 year old man with a 12 year old brain....How much better could he have been if he gave 100% everyday (like Pedroia)...Even during his great years, they could have been greater with a little more caring about the team than himself...I'd love to see him back, because last year, the Sox might have won it all with him...Right now the Sox can still win it all, if Lowell and Ortiz come back healthy and Bay will be more used to American League pitching..Good bye Manny.....

    Posted by Al Landy January 22, 09 11:27 AM
  1. F Manny and the air and ground he breathes and walks upon. He has no class, no sense of responsibility except for himself and would bring the team down, down, down. NO THANKS, Manny can rot in hell!

    Posted by Alex January 22, 09 11:27 AM
  1. Absolutely not. A thousand times no. Clubhouse and Dugout Cancer.....

    Posted by Cujo January 22, 09 11:28 AM
  1. THE DEAL CAN GET DONE! DO IT OR ELSE HE'S A YANKEE.
    EGO NEVER GOT AN RBI

    Posted by oldsoxguy January 22, 09 11:29 AM
  1. No way do I want Manny back in Fenway!!! I have seen enough of him not hustling down the line, screwing up routine plays in the outfield and shrugging his shoulders as if 'oh well, guess I better try harder.' He can hit, when he feels the urge to apply himself....don't get me started. The mere thought of Manny back with my beloved Red Sox makes me sick, I wish him on the Yankees so I can watch him perform his magical misery of 'all about Manny routine'...

    Posted by Jeff Vagell January 22, 09 11:29 AM
  1. Folks, we won two WS with this guy.....Does anybody really believe that there would have been duck boats in the streets of Boston without Manny???? Bring back Manny!!!! We all had something to talk about and look forward to....isn't that what we Bostonians want in our sports lives????????

    Posted by GoManny January 22, 09 11:30 AM
  1. Manny Ramirez is one of the best hitters of all-time and we should think fondly of our 2 World Championships of which we definitely had no chance at winning without him! That being said, he's also a quitter, who is so unpredictable, what's from stopping him from acting worse in Boston this time? Take a few weeks off mid-season with "fatigue". Jog around some bases... and maybe he can get the clubhouse to hate him even more than they clearly already did! Truth is NOBODY in the ENTIRE organization likes him or wants him back!!!

    Posted by jd January 22, 09 11:30 AM
  1. Manny is a child. We are done with him.

    Posted by Fred January 22, 09 11:31 AM
  1. Yes... they would have won another title last year if they didn't trade him

    Posted by RAW January 22, 09 11:32 AM
  1. I hate the argument that people use to say the red sox fans cheered for manny. Real Red Sox fans cheered for the power-hitting Red Sox left fielder... they did not cheer for Manny Ramirez the person.

    It's like cheering for the Jets to beat Miami in week 17. You don't like the Jets but you want them to win so it would help the Pats.

    Posted by Blah January 22, 09 11:32 AM
  1. those saying no are suffering from pink hat syndrome. go away, thanks.

    the answer is a simple yes. manny is one of the top ten offensive players of all time... and a solid defensive player. He is a big part of the success in 2004 and 2007. any questions?

    Posted by the_infamous_dirty_d January 22, 09 11:32 AM
  1. I would bring back Mo Vaughn first, Manny is an idiot and he needs to be jobless and see how it feels like the rest of America

    Posted by lori January 22, 09 11:32 AM
  1. What bet did you lose to have to write this article? Maybe someone is blackmailing you to write this or they will tell everyone about the blumpkin you gave them Charles.

    Posted by Mhaze January 22, 09 11:34 AM
  1. Charles Pierce. Who is this guy?

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 11:34 AM
  1. This team is boring without Manny!! 5 Japanese pitchers, Tek can't hit, Lugo still in the dugout, Shill & Crisp are gone, and Big Papi ready to hang it up!!

    Posted by jonas whale January 22, 09 11:34 AM
  1. I say bring him back. MANNY=CHAMPIONSHIP. The Yankees would have signed him over Tex if they thought the Sox might take him. Manny is like the hot girlfriend that cheats on you over and over again that you can't stop seeing. It's time for one more round on the magical merry-go-round. Besides, can you say DISCOUNT?

    Posted by The Ghost of Drew Bledsoe January 22, 09 11:34 AM
  1. Things have to be slow in the news business in order to even consider this idea!
    What's next, bring back Roger Clemons to bolster the pitching staff??

    Posted by John Kane January 22, 09 11:35 AM
  1. you must be kidding, Manny is probably the most talented hitter in the major leagues but he is a total wing-nut.
    Manny is all about Manny, the Red Sox are a team.

    Posted by johnson January 22, 09 11:35 AM
  1. HELL YEAH! Then can we please trade Dan Shaunessey to the Enquirer where he belongs for starting the Manny witch hunt that ran him out of town. Face it people, losing Manny was the WORST move management has made. It was an emotional trade, not a business trade.

    I have to laugh at Pam's comment, "numbers aren't everything".

    Posted by Suzanne January 22, 09 11:36 AM
  1. **** manny, let him rot in the national league. boras FKD him and Tek.

    Posted by dirty water January 22, 09 11:36 AM
  1. That has got to be the stupidest question I've ever heard. He already subverted your team once...WTF?

    Posted by ace1957 January 22, 09 11:36 AM
  1. Even if the Red Sox brass wanted Manny back, would Manny want to come back? Doubtful.

    Posted by L January 22, 09 11:36 AM
  1. I don't think anyone can criticize how well Mr. Pierce writes. He clearly knows something you don't whereas he writes for Boston Globe Magazine and you my friend do not. In my opinion, Theo is creating this cute little pitching based team filled with names who while they are extremely exciting in terms of their names and what they have accomplished in their careers, are honestly pulled off the scrap heap. I think he is creating his own dream team (playing favorites) just as it would appear Omar Minaya has done with the Mets. I personally believe the team is over-(general)-managed. Way to trade Manny Theo, you showed him. However, in doing so you have shown “Red Sox Nation” a lineup that did not, and will not, see the World Series. GO SOX.

    Posted by Jeffrey Clark January 22, 09 11:36 AM
  1. NOOOOOOO!!! CAN-CER. Time to move on.

    Posted by Chris January 22, 09 11:37 AM
  1. Offer him half of what he would have made if his options were picked up. He wont accept that, but at least it would be pouring a little salt in to the wound of his joblessness.

    Posted by JT January 22, 09 11:38 AM
  1. bosoxfannj has the best post - I saw we do it!!

    Posted by pat January 22, 09 11:38 AM
  1. Charles, did you ever play baseball on a real team? Did you ever coach little league? Outside of "writing" about baseball, have you ever been intricately involved in the outcome of a game?

    If yes, then you should be ashamed for writing this column.

    If no, then you should be ashamed for writing this column.

    Have a nice day.

    Posted by GDMiller January 22, 09 11:39 AM
  1. Go back to bed and sleep this one off. You have GOT TO BE KIDDING!

    Posted by Celeste January 22, 09 11:40 AM
  1. Methinks this was written with tongue firmly planted in cheek and to see if folks would rise to the bait. I should say you all did.

    Posted by Dougtomp January 22, 09 11:40 AM
  1. Even if the Sox approached him, does anybody really think Manny would agree to come back here? Give me one good reason why he would. Don't say he'll follow the money - he's an idiot, yes, but not that big of one. He'd be miserable being here again, and he's not in desperation mode. He'll be signed somewhere. He's not going to go the way of Barry Bonds...

    Posted by marathonman262 January 22, 09 11:40 AM
  1. Posted by Dean Tong January 22, 09 10:46 AMWhere does he play?
    DH? Papi, Rocco already there.
    LF? Bay, Rocco already there.
    RF? Drew, Rocco already there.
    Mars? maybe! ( you should have said .. already there!! )

    Posted by sully January 22, 09 11:40 AM
  1. Pierce is a bad actor and worse comedian. His act is obnoxious whether on TV, radio, or print.

    Posted by ChrisX January 22, 09 11:41 AM
  1. Mr. Pierce-- you certainly have gotten people all riled up.
    Is there any chance that you wrote this article with tongue in cheek?

    Posted by CeleryStalks January 22, 09 11:42 AM
  1. Anyone that truly believes that Manny should be brought back to the Red Sox doesn't know a thing about being part of a team. His teammates have put up with his BS for his entire career. Nobody respects a guy who decides to play hard only whenever he feels like it. What kind of message does it send to a team when one player has his own special set of rules? Take a look at the team that plays in Foxboro... there is not a single guy on that team that is above the rules, and everyone has bought into the system... and look how that's worked out for them. I also happen to think that Manny is the greatest right-handed hitter in the history of the game. He is a first ballot HOF'er. He is a great INDIVIDUAL player. However, I guarantee if you asked every player on the Red Sox their preference between Bay and Ramirez, 100% would say Bay. Put yourself in their shoes... who would you want?

    Posted by JC January 22, 09 11:42 AM
  1. The only cancer in the clubhouse in the assistant traveling secretary who has the ear of too many sportwriters

    Posted by MOTR Guy January 22, 09 11:43 AM
  1. Your out of your f***ing tree! There is absolutely NO WAY Manny would be welcomed back in Boston. Your better off trying to get A-Rod, which wont happen either, but Manny back in Boston, is an absolute JOKE. They can win with out him. He did his time, we lovED him, and now its time everyone moves on. Stop beating a dead horse and let this disgrace to the game move on to humiliate another organization. His time is done, and every team has slowly started to realize his lack of respect for the game....

    Maybe he should just retire, just like he has threatened to do if he doesnt get that ludicrous contract he wanted for a 36 year old.

    Posted by Kyle January 22, 09 11:43 AM
  1. I like the idea of bringing Manny back for a three year contract under these conditions: We build him a small cubby hole large enough for him and his dreads to fit in at the end of the clubhouse bench, keep him isolated from ever speaking to anyone in the media, never let him talk to his teammates, and pay him a grand total of $37,000 a year. Welcome back Big Bat!

    Posted by T-Mas January 22, 09 11:43 AM
  1. The argument could be made that his antics cost the Sox the pennant this past season. Are any of you really ready to welcome him back?

    Posted by Paul January 22, 09 11:44 AM
  1. Wouldn't it be great if the clock could be turned back and Manny hadn't given Red Sox Nation the finger. By withholding his efforts he poisoned the well. I cheered and stuck up for Manny for years and years, but he doesn't deserve another chance with Red Sox Nation. Personally I think he and Scott Boras should fly to Japan and see if someone there will give him a 4 year contract.

    Posted by Steve from Albuquerque January 22, 09 11:44 AM
  1. You should be repremanded for such an article. I would rather go 0-162 than see that idiot in a Red Sox uniform again.

    Posted by Branden Lewis January 22, 09 11:45 AM
  1. lmao why i even bothered to read idk......MR can stay where he is...as I can see
    nobody breaking their #*!@ to sighn him. Boras is a joker!!!

    Posted by bb64 January 22, 09 11:45 AM
  1. Never!!! But let's have a vote on it...

    Posted by Adam January 22, 09 11:45 AM
  1. With the economy in a death spiral.......to pay someone to play a game and have him not appreciate the $$$$$ or how lucky he is to be playing sports for a living is just wrong!

    Posted by bob January 22, 09 11:45 AM
  1. You should be repremanded for such an article. I would rather go 0-162 than see that idiot in a Red Sox uniform again.

    Posted by Branden Lewis January 22, 09 11:45 AM
  1. Well ... the Manny option is something that the Sox would not even consider without deep contractual changes to eliminate the problems that occurred prior, as well as forcing Manny to live up to his contract. His agent (Boras) would never go for such language, because he knows that "he" can not control Manny, so how would this effect him if Manny decided to be "Manny being Manny" again. With the current feeling of the Red Sox concerning Boras (they are not accepting ANY of his calls), EVEN if this was a possibility (it is based on zero potential suitors for Manny), I do not believe that the Sox would deal with Boras again this season. In the end, would Manny grow-up and honor an actual contract? Only time will tell. CUrrent actions do not show this is possible.

    Posted by CR January 22, 09 11:46 AM
  1. Type your comment here...Absolutely bring Manny back with a very short lease.It would be with the understanding that Tito is the boss.If Manny forgets that then Mr Henry should release him to The Royals and pickup his salary.Folks we don't have to like the guy{and I don't} we just need him to drive in runs.He would be a great asset to DH against lefy handed pitchers.The only thing I hold against him is taking those three stikes from Mariano...They looked like BP fastballs...He wasn't going to swing if they had been thrown underhanded....Over a full season every pitfielder will get plenty of pt but only Manny has potential to drive in 1100.100....Iwanother WS win..I want it now..Pride

    Posted by Jerry Case jwcae049@yahoo.com January 22, 09 11:46 AM
  1. Look, no one argues that he's a great hitter.
    But there is zero evidence that he would actually choose to BE a great hitter, especially for the Sox, now that last season's dazzling "I'm so great don't you want to throw huge money at me" performance is over.
    Many people would learn from this mistake.
    I honestly don't believe Manny is one of them.

    Posted by Fahgeddaboutit January 22, 09 11:47 AM
  1. With the a contract that is structured the right way and isn't over the top. I say bring him back just keep him in line and you do that with the contract.

    Posted by KF January 22, 09 11:47 AM
  1. The problem I have with article is that it is missing one important element. This is the same element that the "BRING BACK MANNY!!!" people seem to be leaving out of the equation. That is:

    What on gods green earth makes you think he wants to sign here? He has admitted himself he hated it here, that’s not Red Sox management spin. So why do you think he would want to come back?

    Posted by jeff January 22, 09 11:48 AM
  1. YAZ NEVER JAKED IT!!!!! 23 YEARS IN THIS TOWN AND YOU CANNOT DISS HIM LIKE THAT WITHOUT A RETORT FROM ME. TALK ABOUT NO RESPECT!!

    Posted by opk3 January 22, 09 11:50 AM
  1. Regardless of the position, finally someone in the sports department that can write other than Bob Ryan.
    Manny back? Unlikely. But it could work. Maybe market reality has made Manny grow up. Maybe the market reality of the T-man going to the Y-team has knocked the Sox braintrust down a peg or two.
    Winning makes strange bedfellows.

    Posted by Dan Mac Alpine January 22, 09 11:51 AM
  1. Manny hates Boston and I don't believe would want to come back. I have missed Manny but haven't misses his antics!

    Posted by daizy January 22, 09 11:52 AM
  1. BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! please!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by MT January 22, 09 11:52 AM
  1. yes yes yes yes
    Unless you don't think the Red Sox are good enough to have Manny
    I say bring Manny back and you get me back as a fan

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 11:52 AM
  1. Good God people. Chill out!!! It's a &^%$#@ blog! LOL

    Posted by Chip Diniak January 22, 09 11:53 AM
  1. First, HE QUIT ON HIS TEAMMATES.
    Second, HE QUIT ON HIS TEAMMATES.
    Lastly, HE QUIT ON HIS TEAMMATES.

    And I'm the one unemployed?! Great article.

    Posted by Baseballdiamond January 22, 09 11:53 AM
  1. Never!!! But let all the People speak by doing a vote on this...

    Posted by Adam January 22, 09 11:53 AM
  1. [If you guys want to be taken seriously.......please check for typing errors !!! ]

    The only people who care about typing online that doesn't involving an online class or their job are those who care too much about trivial things. Only losers care about typing online unless their paid to do so. Get a clue and get a life outside the online world.

    Posted by MattLee January 22, 09 11:54 AM
  1. Mr. Pierce, I compliment you on a very well written and entertaining column, but seriously??....You can't be serious....

    Posted by Scott January 22, 09 11:54 AM
  1. OMG YES!!! MAN...NEE, MAN...NEE, MAN...NEE...

    Posted by RichBoston January 22, 09 11:55 AM
  1. Are you crazy? He's an ignorant moran that quit on his team!

    Posted by RichBoston January 22, 09 11:55 AM
  1. This article was written just to get all of these comments and drive traffic to the site. And it worked. The Globe placed this on the top left corner of the site so you couldn't miss it. This is not a sports story, just a way to generate revenue.
    You have been used,.
    Next time you see one of these stories, resist the urge to comment and hopefully they will stop.

    Posted by B Damon January 22, 09 11:56 AM
  1. I already thought he was back! I saw him play goal the other night?

    Posted by roxchew1 January 22, 09 11:57 AM
  1. Yes...bring him back!...he should have never left...when he decided at the last minute to ask to stay they should have swallowed their pride and hurt feelings and done so. BRING HIM BACK!!!

    Posted by sharon January 22, 09 11:57 AM
  1. For the right price Manny should be invited back. They should talk to the team and Francona first but he is still one of the most feared hitters in MLB. Why not take a chance, give him incentives.

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 11:57 AM
  1. If they signed Manny Id paint my house blue and change my last name to Steinbrenner

    Posted by Pork Feinstein January 22, 09 11:58 AM
  1. WoW...How great would that be! Manny back with the Sox! In a perfect world, this would be a perfect fit for many reasons. I just dont see both sides getting together and hammering out a deal. I think Manny would have some issues with a few of his teammates. But if somehow this could all work out, I think its a no brainer. Bring back Manny!!! Come home Manny!!! Please?

    Posted by Eric January 22, 09 11:58 AM
  1. Theo : No No No
    Manny: for 20 million .... Yes Yes Yes

    Posted by Bob January 22, 09 11:59 AM
  1. This could have been a good article if the humor were a little more apparent. As it is, I have to assume the writer was being serious. In which case I have to surmise he knows next to nothing about baseball.

    Posted by tomsoxfan January 22, 09 11:59 AM
  1. Hats off to the Anti-Schilling, Mr. Pierce. There hasn't been an article or column in the modern age in any news site that has received more comments with the word "dumb" included. The comments are in tragic fact funnier than the blog entry, despite being posted in the post-Bush era. Maybe W is sending these in, what with all the free time. "MANNY BELONGS IN PRISON FOR ATTACHING A 65 YR OLD MAN"? What kind of email client does the dreaded one have? I'd hate to see his flash drive. Look, this dude rolled over laughing on a live ball and nearly squashed Boras (who was going for his wallet, not a water bottle). Not real funny.

    Posted by Steve-Q January 22, 09 12:00 PM
  1. This article was wriiten and conceived by Scott Borass.

    Only an idiot would think this was otherwise OK

    How about Clemens and Pedro and Damon, too

    Posted by MMole January 22, 09 12:01 PM
  1. Alan Lupo would have recognized the humor in this article.

    Posted by scooter January 22, 09 12:02 PM
  1. BRING BACK MANNY.

    Posted by S. A. Wong January 22, 09 12:02 PM
  1. I think Mr Pierce wrote this just to elicit a response from people.

    I loved Manny. He was a great player when he wanted to be, and that's the whole problem.

    Posted by thela_hun_ginjeet January 22, 09 12:03 PM
  1. For those out there who are unclear as to why nobody has signed Manny yet, and why nobody is even courting him, let's straighten that out: its because of the price tag. Manny is not really a virus, some evil human being with whom nobody can get along. He's a really good hitter, a poor outfielder, and thus, a (theoretical) pure DH. Pure DH's should not be making the kind of money he is asking for, especially given the length of a contract for which he is looking when he is approaching 40. His best bet is a two year deal, about $20 milion a year, with options for a third and fourth. He'll probably stay in the National League, facing overall weaker pitching (meaning the overall quality is not as good as in the AL, despite the presence of great pitchers like Webb and Hamels), and he'll continue his Hall of Fame career (yes, he is a first ballot HOF'er). However, his value would not go down in the NL just because of the no-DH rule. His offensive prowess would balance out his defesive woes because of said weaker pitching. The problem is he's just like Pedro, looking for the guaranteed money right now, and the Sox will not, and should not, acquiesce. Let him play for other teams, not win championships, and be welcomed back to Fenway as a visiting player in five or six years. People will of course forget they ever hated him, see him put up large numbers, and say "man I wish we had a bat like that."

    Posted by Big D January 22, 09 12:03 PM
  1. Incredible talent. Not a team player. It's a team sport. Forget him.

    Posted by Hawk January 22, 09 12:03 PM
  1. This article is a transparent effort raise the ire of Sox fans, and in doing so, generate a buzz (and web traffic) for OT. Would I like to have Manny's production in the clean-up spot - you bet, but given the manner in which he shot his way out of town, there is ZERO chance of him being brought back by brain trust on Yawkay Way.

    Posted by EKC January 22, 09 12:03 PM
  1. Terrible Idea.
    Run out of things to write about it?

    How about our fearless Greek leader YOUKILIS filling in right behind Big Papi?
    A 1st basemen batting in the clean up spot? NEVER!?
    haha.

    Jason Bay hitting fifth.
    We have an offensive juggernaut of a team.
    F the naysayers.
    F your article.

    Posted by madmatt January 22, 09 12:04 PM
  1. NO WAY!

    Its like taking back a girlfriend that slept with all your friends, talked sh*t about you to everyone behind your back and dumped you for a guy with a better car.
    I hope the Red Sox have more self respect than that.

    Posted by Vivalaselvis January 22, 09 12:04 PM
  1. I'm all for bringing Manny back. Package up Lugo and Drew in a trade, move Bay to right. I blame Boras for Manny's behavior.

    Posted by JC January 22, 09 12:04 PM
  1. NO

    Posted by David Ortiz January 22, 09 12:04 PM
  1. Oh HELL no!

    Posted by MARLEY209 January 22, 09 12:05 PM
  1. what is a more stupid, bringing back Manny or having a Democrat as President, though call, I think it is even!

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 12:05 PM
  1. UGH.

    Posted by Big Jim January 22, 09 12:05 PM
  1. Looks like you've reached the bottom of the barrel of things to write about. What a waste of column space. Don't quit your day job, whatever that is.
    Stay away from sports and stick to NPR.

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 12:07 PM
  1. I think I know what's going on here. You and Massarotti have a bet to see who can get the most negative responses to an article, right?

    Go write for the Herald if that's your deal. I can't stand this antagonistic style of writing. I mean, when you have Callahan calling Big Papi FAT, you have to be truly desperate for readers.

    Posted by Baseballdiamond January 22, 09 12:07 PM
  1. To Jay:
    In a baseball forum you brought up a rant about the best QB in football. You think it's disgusting that Tom wasn't on the sidelines this past year.
    I saw Bill Belichick asked this very question and he said he told Tom to stay away. He didn't want TB to get injured on the sidelines. And secondly he did NOT want Tom to be a figure on the sidelines while he was trying to get MC comfortable playing the position. He said MC sould be better served without adding the pressure of having TB watch over his shoulder.
    So if you want to bad mouth TB, you are also bad mouthing the BEST coach in football. I will take Bill's thoughts on this rather than your rants.

    Posted by BC January 22, 09 12:07 PM
  1. This article is offensive. If I want to laugh at it, I guess I can recall Hoover in "Animal House." after the Deltas have caused a riot in the town, attacked the stands and wrecked the parade, asking Dean Wormer for "one more chance."

    But it isn't funny. Manny Ramirez should have been suspended by MLB and fired by the Sox for disloyalty and unprofessional conduct. No team can hire back a player who literally throws a game (as Manny did by intentionally striking out against Rivera in July), faking injuries and giving half-effort in the field without destroying its integrity and the morale of its players. (MGG above is the typical Manny-enabler, who really can't fathom that NO team is better off with a player who will quit on it, as Manny did at least twice (in 2006 and 2008. For those who don't know: The "curly-haired Boyfriend' nickname for Dan S. is the calling-card of a Manny-obsessed Sox website that hypnotizes its posters into believing that a complete lack of professionalism and reliability is acceptible as long as the team does well. It is pathetically deluded, like MGG.) We SAW Manny tanking (he was playing like a different player in LA---read TRYING----and it was sickening to watch after seeing him jog to first for the Sox.) Pierce's article isn't provocative, clever, enlightening or convincing. It is just more Koolaid for the few sad values-free Sox fans who would cheer Satan if he hit 40 homers. That makes it irresponsible. I have enjoyed Pierce's writing in the past, but this proves to me that his opinion isn't worthy of respect.

    Posted by Jack Marshall January 22, 09 12:07 PM
  1. It appears there is a carbon monoxide leak in your office. The first signs are mental confusion and irrational thoughts. Coma and death will soon follow. You need to call 911 right away.

    Posted by bamabinosmom2 January 22, 09 12:08 PM
  1. I am a Manny fan, but I don't think they should bring him back ,and I doubt he would come back. I will say that the smear campaign by the club and media (that's what it appeared to me-and it sounds like the writer of the article would agree with that) against him last summer sickened me, and I haven't been able to support the Red Sox since then (and I grew up here and have supported the Red Sox since the 70's).

    Posted by Andrew January 22, 09 12:08 PM
  1. I think Charlie is right. Manny was an asset to this team. He always hussled, was the best left fielder the Sox ever had and was a credit to the team and the city in every way. Let's sign him to a five year deal for around twenty five million per year. That would be fair.

    Posted by John W January 22, 09 12:09 PM
  1. It is obvoius to me that there isn't any exciting Sox news to report so the author is trying to create some light discussion. Entertaining discussion but a flat out crazy idea.

    Posted by MF January 22, 09 12:09 PM
  1. You're an idiot.
    I ought to have known that though, your 'magazine' is a rag.

    Posted by Brendan January 22, 09 12:09 PM
  1. BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! BRING BACK MANNY!!! please!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by MT January 22, 09 12:09 PM
  1. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
    1,000 TIMES NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by MICHELE January 22, 09 12:09 PM
  1. I think there is a perverse part of me (and I assume many others unwilling to admit it) that would love to see this happen, just for the sheer unlikelyhood of it. We forgive Manny, he forgives us, We do business with Boras again. Holy cow, how great would this be? Manny is stewing at every other team right now for not loving him (especially the Dodgers - they'd better steer clear at this point - they will never see 2008 Manny again). If the Red Sox took him back, he'd be on a mission to show everyone else how stupid they were for shunning him, especially the Yankees! And, honestly, who among us would not want the motivated Manny the Dodgers had last year? Here's to dreaming!!

    Posted by Steve L January 22, 09 12:10 PM
  1. Are you insane? No one wants cancer.

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 12:10 PM
  1. dumb and dumber. It's one thing to make a legit argument, it's another to write a snarky column just trolling for comments. So make your argument and answer all those above questions-- where does he play? how much do you give him? how do you do deal with his late-season antics? it just doesn't work. Try this for your next ridiculous lead so you can watch your comment pile: Manny comes back as catcher.

    Posted by big bozo January 22, 09 12:10 PM
  1. You are the reason I turned off the Globe 10.0 every time you shared the stage with Bob Ryan and the only time it happened. You are probably the reason why it was cancelled. Now this. Please take the buy-out next time its offered and go watch Manny in Brazil. He was a horrible example of a highly paid, notice I didn't say overpaid, spoiled idiot. He was the reason I bought season tickets in the first place and the reason why I almost gave them up. Thankfully, the Reds Sox did the right thing. I will happily watch this team next season until the next nut cracks, I'm thinking Big Papi, and we have to do cancer surgery.

    Posted by Sox man January 22, 09 12:10 PM
  1. Very politely, I ask: what in the hell's the matter with you?

    Posted by Witch-king January 22, 09 12:10 PM
  1. Puh-leeze. I would MUCH rather Barry Bonds. I'm not sure you're remember correctly Charlie - Manny wanted out of here.

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 12:12 PM
  1. Dumbest thing I ever read we had him for 20 mil a year how much is it going to cost us now. And what make you think he's going to play any harder than before

    Posted by gardhouse January 22, 09 12:13 PM
  1. Hasn't anyone ever heard of a tongue in cheek article?

    Posted by Nick Zangari January 22, 09 12:14 PM
  1. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Posted by Mansfied_Dude January 22, 09 12:14 PM
  1. This is the dumbest article I've ever seen. Manny is not coming back. He doesn't want to come back. The Sox office doesn't want him back. The Sox players don't want him back. The fans don't want him back. Everyone is sick of his 5 year old attitude issues.

    Posted by Joe January 22, 09 12:14 PM
  1. Put the crack pipe down on the table.........and slowly step away. Are you insane? That dickhead did not want to be here and i am glad he is gone.

    You must be insane???

    Posted by BP January 22, 09 12:15 PM
  1. Just wondering, how much did Scott Boras pay you to start this crusade? Heck, other teams are tripping all over themselves to sign this egotistical little turd, it tells you what a 'valuable player' he is seen to be.

    Can't wait to see him in the booth with Joe Buck next season.

    Posted by Pete January 22, 09 12:15 PM
  1. Scott Boras shafted Varitek and Manny. Under Man-rams old contract Boras got zero-nada-zilch if Sox took up Manny's last 2 option years. Manny would do well in Boras's opinion to get out of that contract and anything new Scott gets a piece of. Manny could have played 2 more years here and retired a god.

    Varitek don't go to arbitration your worth 14-15 million a year.. not 10...
    wrong again Scott - Varitek can't get 1/3 of that thanks to your sound advice.

    Posted by jackyldo January 22, 09 12:16 PM
  1. Are you kidding me? And where are they gonna put him? WITHIN the Green Monster is the only position/place to put him (he likes it there). I'd say the bench, but he wouldn't sit there and if he did, I'd expect the rest of the team to kick his a__. Yeah, let's cough up $25 mill a year for that creep, give me a break. The Sox will be fine, better then fine, without that dreadlocked headache. He'llreturn to LA, who have no choice but to sign him. But, he'll sign on their terms, b/c no one else wants him, and for good reason...

    Posted by alex January 22, 09 12:18 PM
  1. We do not need players who do not want to play everyday. 20 Million a year to be babysat year after year,good ridance.I'll take Bay for now,at least he plays hard and may not be as good a hitter as Manny,but isnt a slouch either.Manny had it made here and when he's on a losing team he will regret leaving Boston.So long Sucker.

    Posted by kkp January 22, 09 12:19 PM
  1. Am I the only guy who thinks his bat was slowing and that .300-35-120 will not be an average season for him?
    Something tells me the end of his career will look like the end of Frank Thomas's career: useful, but not worth top dollar.

    Posted by Jeromy January 22, 09 12:19 PM
  1. NO WAY. He's a Cancer without a cure.

    Posted by paul January 22, 09 12:20 PM
  1. Why not? The team's a winner with him. Who cares about how fast he legs out hits. The man is the best hitter in baseball.

    Posted by Daniel January 22, 09 12:20 PM
  1. Manny is PLAYING BALL EXCELLENT NOW that he's OUT OF BOSTON.
    WHY DAMAGE HIS "GOOD PART OF HIMSELF" THAT SEEMS TO BE GOOD FOR THE TEAM HE IS NOW PLAYING FOR..Poor MANNYboy doesn't LIKE IT THERE &WANTS TO COME BACK WHY!! SO HE CAN DO HIS THING - LIKE SELFISH ATTITUDE, DISRESPECTING WHOLE RED SOX TEAMMATES, MANAGEMENT & ONLY PLAY GREAT BALL WHEN HE FEELS LIKE IT????I SAY NO NO TO MANNY! NO COME BACK NO MORE 2 BSN NO-MORE; LET MANNY B MISERABL& AND PLAY GOOD BALL ANYWHERE OTHER THAN HERE. THAN BSN.

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 12:20 PM
  1. Manny deserves to keep his "show" in Hollywood.

    Posted by Crushed January 22, 09 12:21 PM
  1. GREAT IDEA!!!! That tumor we just had removed in a touchy and controversial procedure, WE SHOULD HAVE IT PUT BACK IN!!! That is brilliant, you should run for the General Manager job if Theo ever leaves, I think you've got some great ideas that could ruin the popularity of this team. That way, the bandwagon will wither away and die, and I can actually get a seat in Fenway again like the old days.

    Posted by ThereAreNoStupidIdeas...ExceptThisOne! January 22, 09 12:22 PM
  1. All the Manny fans who want him back here should be asked to make a donation towards his salary. Then we'll see how much the REALLY think he's worth. If Manny IS the savior so many think he is, how about a contract for $50 million if the Sox win the series and $0 if they don't?

    Posted by ted the thumper January 22, 09 12:22 PM
  1. NO! NO! NO!!!!!

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 12:23 PM
  1. It says in your bio Charlie that you got "most humorous" in high school, so I know that this was meant to be humorous????...no?....don't cry......I thought....oh wait that was new American Idol judge:Kara last night!

    Sorry

    Posted by Ryan Abdul-Jabbar January 22, 09 12:23 PM
  1. And the Eagles should bring back Terrall Owens !

    Posted by ru nuts January 22, 09 12:24 PM
  1. Please, let it go...... Just like most baseball fans, Boston fans take a lot of pride in their team and i just can't stand the thought of slogging through any more of those pathetic MANNY MOMENTS.

    Probably more important is the effect of that "Manny Mentality" on the team itself.

    What kind of a place would you be in if you were actually on the team and had to put up with that "professional" Prima Donna day in and day out?

    Posted by Harry January 22, 09 12:25 PM
  1. OK!

    Manny to the Red Sox. George W as Obama's personal advisor and decision maker for the economy and world affairs, plus Bin-laden for UN protocol.

    The rest of us for the final shuttle to the moon or other universe destination.

    Posted by mush January 22, 09 12:26 PM
  1. I completely agree, it does not matter what attitude a player projects, or how bad an example of team player he is. The Sox should bring back Manny.
    Signed,
    Jose Offerman

    Posted by Jose Offerman January 22, 09 12:26 PM
  1. Just plug him back in the lineup between Papi and Youk. Then trade Bay back to the NL. We can all pretend he was not disruptive and kiss and makeup!
    I can't beleive I just wrote that bullcrap!

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 12:27 PM
  1. Manny helped bring us two World Championships! Manny was the World Series MVP in 2004! Manny quit on the Red Sox. If John, Larry, Theo and Tito have any backbone they cannot bring him back. He acted foolish and he quit on us as well, the fans, the nation.

    Posted by Fiteous J. Whoopie January 22, 09 12:27 PM
  1. Under no circumstances is it going to happen, (nor should it) so don't discuss it.

    Posted by ross January 22, 09 12:27 PM
  1. When did Manny have the surgery to remove the baseball from his a**?

    Posted by SapientLife January 22, 09 12:29 PM
  1. Bring back Carl Everett!

    Posted by SurroundSound January 22, 09 12:29 PM
  1. Yo Chuck-
    I know where this comes from. You were in your early 20s when the most beautiful girl at the bar had a little too much wine and brought you home for 10 minutes of bliss. You dated for a few months, but she bolted for a ballplayer…I think it was a catcher…or a third baseman with a sex addiction. Oh, how you mourned her departure. You called, you wrote, you dedicated a book to her…she never responded. Alas, that tale of unrequited love has left its mark upon your soul. Manny (or Mannisita if you prefer) had an affair. Maybe in the beginning it was an affair of the heart (she’d been cheating for years), but as summer turned to autumn she was doing things with another group of boys that would break your heart. Is it the 10 minutes you want back, or are you worried that no one that beautiful will come along again? If you were the type to play casual ball I’d say, “Fine”. But you’re a romantic, Chuck. Now go on and finish that love letter to Stephon Marbury.

    Posted by jkstraw January 22, 09 12:30 PM
  1. It would seem to me that moron manny is getting exactly what he deserves!!You don't get to act like a jackass towards a team like the Red Sox, earn a ticket out of town and sign a long term deal with another club the following year!!What moron manny and beelzabub boras did not consider was that MLB owners are like a fraternity,after all they are respected business men who are spending money to put a product on the field that people like to come and watch.Moron manny and beelzabub boras are like fecal salad and everyone is sick from it or more so because of it and it is damaging to the product name brand.For this reason the Red Sox have washed the poop from their hand s and there are not many other owners willing to risk having poop on their salad andmammmmmaaaooooownerswillintaint h

    Posted by bill delaney January 22, 09 12:30 PM
  1. The Red Sox would be a much better team with Manny. I would LOVE for Manny to come back to Boston.

    Posted by Bryan January 22, 09 12:30 PM
  1. The Red Sox would be a much better team with Manny. I would LOVE for Manny to come back to Boston.

    Posted by Bryan January 22, 09 12:30 PM
  1. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The guy is a first class LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Steve D. January 22, 09 12:31 PM
  1. Mr. Pierce
    I suspect you have tickled your own sense of humor by writing this article. For your next article, perhpas you can address the "missed opportunity" to return Eric Mangini to the fold in Foxboro?

    Posted by scrambled_eggs January 22, 09 12:31 PM
  1. This is why no one reads the Globe anymore.

    Posted by BA33 January 22, 09 12:31 PM
  1. Jason Bay is a better baseball player than Scammy......

    Posted by fred January 22, 09 12:31 PM
  1. ONE WORD ....................NO

    Posted by NO MANNY NO WAY January 22, 09 12:31 PM
  1. The Sox are a team and Manny has no idea of what it takes to be part of a team. He is a spoiled brat and deserves to be left out of the game.

    Posted by Nanny January 22, 09 12:32 PM
  1. Hate to say it .....but I have to agree. The nucleus of the Red Sox Championship teams were Manny and Ortiz, possibly the MOST DEVASTATING one two punch in history. In 2007 the two of them carried the team over Cleveland to get to the World Series. How many one run games did we lose to Tampa last year? Manny would have made a difference. Do we all forget the first time we all thought Manny was gone....only to give him a standing ovation when we found he was staying? Anyone who says the team is BETTER without Manny is just not facing reality. Better in the clubhouse? That can be debated but the Red Sox with Manny Ramirez batting behind David Ortiz is a championship team. Whithout him they are not. Period.

    Posted by Mike January 22, 09 12:32 PM
  1. Hell No ! The Red Sox would look like fools

    Posted by Dalton January 22, 09 12:33 PM
  1. This is one of the stupidest things I've ever read. The Sox paid a huge price to get him to leave (they had to throw in Hansen in order to get rid of him), they're not going to take him back.

    Posted by Lucas January 22, 09 12:33 PM
  1. Why not? Because he is not a team player, and because no matter how good you are, unless you are committed to the success of the team, you are a detriment, not an asset.

    Posted by paulh8888 January 22, 09 12:33 PM
  1. NO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O

    Posted by JustForComments January 22, 09 12:35 PM
  1. So, yes it is a good idea to Bring back Mannys Numbers! But heck no it isn't a good idea if Manny actually comes back with those numbers! I just want the numbers back! Manny is a very smart hitter, and is controlled by strings through Boras. Dangerous combination. Lets not forget he- the million dollar man- refused to play in games last year just so he could try to earn more millions upon millions he will never spend in his lifetime. With all that said, we can get his numbers back in the middle of the lineup and we can also add Ramirez right smack in the middle! HANLEY RAMIREZ! Sell the farm to get this kid back!

    Posted by Raymond January 22, 09 12:35 PM
  1. Reminded me of a creative writing project. Couldn't really follow or understand the piece. I give the writer a D+. I don't think it was thought out very well. And for the record, I really liked Manny. But we sure don't need him back.

    Posted by Coach Raybo January 22, 09 12:36 PM
  1. No Way!!!

    Posted by dad January 22, 09 12:37 PM
  1. Manny Ramirez is the best player to put on a Redsox uniform. How could you say he sits on the bench every year. he plays 154 games a year. I hate it when the redsox fans say he quit on them, Theo Epstien quit on him. on July 28 Tim Mccaver asked theo Epstein if he'd consider tradeing MannyRamirez.. Quote from Theo Epstien
    " Well he has a no trade clause but if he was to waive the no trade clause then we would be very intrested in looking at are opions. lying larry lucion, john henry ,and tom werner also were also to blam for what happend. In conclusion the only way i could forgive the organazatin is if they sign manny ramirez!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Kevin K January 22, 09 12:41 PM
  1. I guess there are just a few of us who realize that Charlie was joking when he wrote this column. The comments were almost as funny as the article. Keep up the hilarious writing, Charlie. Some of us got it.

    Posted by Ann W January 22, 09 12:41 PM
  1. Charlie, is this one of those made up stories from Wait, wait, don't tell me? Fool me 7 Augusts, shame of you. Fool me once more, shame, shame, shame on anyone associated with the front office. I don't think there's a drug strong enough to get me to fantasize that Manny could eat one bite of humble pie and then make an honest effort here in Beantown. His only hope is to get signed somewhere else and then play pissed off for the rest of his career. He might even be mad enough to play in August!

    Posted by goalie1 January 22, 09 12:41 PM
  1. Man oh man, whatever you're smoking, stay away from it!!!
    who hired these people to write about baseball for the boston globe?
    RIP Will McDonough, these days anyone can be a sport writer.
    this article is as stupid as they come.

    Posted by zack January 22, 09 12:42 PM
  1. I think all you fanboys that want Varitek back are insane (HE ISNT FREAKING PRODUCING NUMBERS!!) - BRING BACK MANNY!!! SAY NO TO VARITEK!!! All you fanboys that cry about varitek coming back are absolute fools. he is no longer any good. MANNY CAN STILL ROCK THE CASBAH!!!!

    Posted by SayNoToVaritek January 22, 09 12:43 PM
  1. The Boston Red Sox have not won a World Series since 1918 WITHOUT Manny Ramirez batting cleanup.

    Meanwhile, sportswriters pine away the hours awaiting the return of their hero, "THE CALCIFIED CAPTAIN" (Copyright, OZZY BSMW).


    Posted by EddiesDucksauceandNepotismExpress January 22, 09 12:43 PM
  1. The Boston Red Sox have not won a World Series since 1918 WITHOUT Manny Ramirez batting cleanup.

    Meanwhile, sportswriters pine away the hours awaiting the return of their hero, "THE CALCIFIED CAPTAIN" (Copyright, OZZY BSMW).


    Posted by EddiesDucksauceandNepotismExpress January 22, 09 12:43 PM
  1. ridiculous

    Posted by paul January 22, 09 12:45 PM
  1. I would like to have his bat but unfortunatly it`s attached to his brain. Anyway I doubt Manny would ever come back to Boston. It is true that the sox need more hitting or they may not even contend this year unless they win all their games 3-2.

    Posted by jeremy January 22, 09 12:46 PM
  1. Couldn't come up with a story idea, eh? Obviously there's less than zero chance of this happening. So why write about it?

    Posted by Chad January 22, 09 12:46 PM
  1. Manny is an excellent baseball player...when he is in the mood. BUT we do not need him back to carry on his childish actions. Let someone else suffer with him.

    Posted by P. Werner January 22, 09 12:46 PM
  1. I don't understand the "Bring Manny back" posts nor do I understand this article.

    Just bring him back? It's that easy? I mean clearly Manny would want to come back to the place he tried to get out of for the last 4 years, right? Clearly Manny wouldn't want to stay where he is right? He's never said how much he loves LA. It must just be that pesky front office and their broken egos, right?
    STUPIDITY. Manny will not retire as a Red Sox. Manny is not coming back to Boston. Thank God.

    As for a hole in a lineup, has Kevin Youkilis not adequately proven he is a perfect clean-up hitter in this league? .312/29/115. Where's the hole?! Oh sorry Chuckles, he's just a 29 HR hitter, not 30.

    Move on Chuck.

    Posted by Topher Dubay January 22, 09 12:48 PM
  1. Absolutely .............................................NOT !!!!!

    Posted by Coach G January 22, 09 12:49 PM
  1. Let's see...We dumped him...paid his salary to get rid of him...and had to give up two prospects to get his replacement. Yep. I'd say that is a stupid idea. Oh, and I think that the Red Sox offices have a call block on ageny calls from Boras' zip code for the next 2 years or so.

    Posted by Hitman January 22, 09 12:49 PM
  1. They tried to get a comparable bat in the failed Texiera debacle, one that would produce similar numbers, protect Ortiz and behave like a civilized adult. That didn't work out due to the fact that Boras played the Sox to drive up his contract, knowing that he would sign with the Yanks. Ironic that the same scumbag probably encouraged Manny to act like a 8-year old spoiled rich kid and whine his way out of town by making his presence so unbearable that the Sox had no choice but to let him go. Bring him back? Never. How about grown men live up to their end of the contract they signed and shut their mouth and play the game. Manny is jobless because of his antics, not because of the market.

    Posted by JeffVT January 22, 09 12:49 PM
  1. Sign Manny to a fat 4yr contract!

    Posted by Manny Ramirez January 22, 09 12:50 PM
  1. Great idea. Who better to replace Manny than Manny?????????????

    Posted by EVS January 22, 09 12:50 PM
  1. OK GUYS, this will be a long year getting our asses handed to us by the Yankees. Remember how poorly we hit towards the end of last year and in the playoffs??? remember when we were dying for a clutch hit against the Rays??? Everyone choked. Manny was a pain in the ass, sure, but he could hit the god damn ball and his fielding was not as bad as everyone perceives. Plus he was entertaining for better or worse. As for him fighting with Youkilis and 65 year old men, that shit happens when you spend 9 months together. I want to win and Manny will help us do that.

    Posted by B January 22, 09 12:50 PM
  1. Back when the team was the loose and winning idiots, Manny was fine and very productive. Now that they are the uptight white boys Manny doesn't fit. This is not Manny's fault. Unless the team can regain that loose, freewheeling demeanor Manny won't work. Oh, and BTW - they won't win anything. Uptight teams never do e.g. The Yankees since 2000.

    Posted by MR January 22, 09 12:51 PM
  1. No.....just no

    Posted by Toine January 22, 09 12:51 PM
  1. Must have been a slow news day with this writer completely desperate for material. Still, not an excuse for a totally delusional take from someone whom is not only completely out of touch with management's opinion of the right handed HR nightmare, but has grossly underestimated Red Sox nation's intelligence level.

    Posted by Nathan January 22, 09 12:52 PM
  1. Are you nuts??!! I lived through many lean years of the Home Town Team, but I would rather see them fight for a playoff bearth and be competitive only to eventually lose than to see that putz back in a Sox uniform. I can put up with a lot of nonsense, but quitting on your team is not acceptable, and should not be rewarded. Let the Yankees have him.

    Posted by Alan January 22, 09 12:54 PM
  1. Why?
    Because he stood at home plate in Yankee stadium and took three stikes. We all got it.
    He was voted off the island by HIS TEAMMATES.
    The best hitter in baseball has not been signed because everyone else got it too.
    Well, not everyone.
    If I bitch-slapped you once, I'll bitch-slap you twice fer sure.

    Posted by james wilson January 22, 09 12:55 PM
  1. He gave up on the RedSox which I believe we would have won it all last year. I`d take 100 Jason Bays before I even thought of signing this over paid baby. Wonder why he hasn`t signed that big contract yet??? Not even in the same class as Williams, Yaz or Rice. People are losing their job etc and this guy thinks he should be paid 25mil+ for the next 4 years. Looks like he`s back in LA. Nobody cares anymore.

    Posted by Steve January 22, 09 12:55 PM
  1. JUST NO! NO, NO, NO We are SOOOOOO much better without him. Jason Bay has been nothing short of SPECTACULAR and was incredible. We don't need Manny should stay in L.A. or wherever he ends up.

    Posted by RayRay01 January 22, 09 12:56 PM
  1. "Chemistry is a building block to championships. The 04 and 07 sox proved that."
    >You mean the '04 and '07 Sox teams with Manny on the roster?
    "Bay is younger and a better all around ball player."
    >Lay off the pipe.
    "Character and chemistry are more important than stats."
    >See first reply.
    "...I will stop blogging about him."
    >Say it ain't so! The great dbmedia will no longer blog about Manny. Tragedy!
    "MANNY BELONGS IN PRISON FOR ATTACHING A 65 YR OLD MAN"
    >Stop yelling at me. And what the hell are you talking about?

    Posted by MJS January 22, 09 12:56 PM
  1. Oh, sure....Manny played hard right to the end. And a real team player. Bringing him back would be just what Sox need. LOL

    Posted by Dave H January 22, 09 12:57 PM
  1. NNNNope. Not a chance.

    Posted by Pamela January 22, 09 12:57 PM
  1. Why don't you get another job!!! You're certainly not qualified for this one!

    Posted by fan65 January 22, 09 12:58 PM
  1. Apparently "change" applies to journalism too! Write something completely stupid knowing damn right well EVERYONE will disagree with you & of course read the article. Over 200 comments, nice job.

    Posted by drahcir61 January 22, 09 01:01 PM
  1. Great use of kerfuffle! in the sports pages, no less !!
    But I've been reading you for years, Pierce, & I don't quite get the lava reference.
    Tek, Heidi, Pierce, someone-- enlighten me?

    Secondarily, You people do not seem to realize this is a piece of SATIRE.

    Posted by Hot Copy.Tumblr.com January 22, 09 01:03 PM
  1. Manny Bring Back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by allie316 January 22, 09 01:04 PM
  1. bring back rickey henderson. he slides into home plate after hitting a homer.

    Posted by tim d January 22, 09 01:05 PM
  1. I was at Fenway for Manny's last game before he was traded. He was doggin' it left and right...trotting to balls he would have dove for "if his knee/back/whatever he was crying about that week" wasn't hurting him. THE NEXT DAY he's in California RUNNING the bases, DIVING for balls, etc. like he was 25 again. The ENTIRE team voted him off the team. That speaks volumes. Lets get someone from the farm that WANTS to be in Boston. This same farm brought us Youk, Pap, and Pedroia among others. There's got to be someone, ANYONE, better than Manny. Perhaps someone who puts the good of the team and Boston first and thinks before he opens his mouth and shoves his foot in.

    Posted by Colleen January 22, 09 01:05 PM
  1. No thanks.....would rather the Sox take their chances....

    Posted by MBDIZZLE January 22, 09 01:05 PM
  1. For the same reasons that he HAD to go, he has to stay gone.

    Posted by WilP January 22, 09 01:05 PM
  1. The Sox have a huge hole in their offense?!? Really?!? Last time I checked, with a banged up Lowell, Drew and Ortiz, the Sox offense averaged about a run and a half more a game and lead the league in runs scored per game from the day Manny left. I love how there aren't any Red Sox fans out there anymore with any common sense.

    Posted by Nick January 22, 09 01:06 PM
  1. Red Sox fans have endured the antics of Manny enough. He was an instrumental part of the success of the Sox in years past and was paid well for his contributions but he committed the ultimate sin by 'boycotting' and quitting on his team, his loyal fans and abandoning his fellow players when they needed him to step up and do his job. Why should the Red Sox reward him when nobody else is willing to take a chance with his immature, juvenile attitude? What makes you think that the Sox players want him back? How much did Boreass pay you Mr. Pierce to float this idea out to the Nation? Screw Manny and Scott Boreass too. Let them squirm like the snakes that they are.

    Posted by jingle_ballz January 22, 09 01:09 PM
  1. two words: Clubhouse Cancer

    Posted by JB January 22, 09 01:10 PM
  1. Purely for his bat, I'd love to see it happen. There is no hitter like him. The numbers, the post season performances. He is one of a kind. (And Theo and Co. know this better than anyone.) But you can't ignore the way he left town. If you welcome him back, you condone his actions. The team needs to make a stand and send the message to players that they are accountable for their actions.

    Posted by Slammy January 22, 09 01:11 PM
  1. YES!

    Posted by ron January 22, 09 01:11 PM
  1. Manny! Manny!

    Electric.

    Manny! Manny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by allie316 January 22, 09 01:11 PM
  1. I would burn my Red Sox cap if that ever happened. The only team I would wish him on is the Yanks!

    Posted by Denis January 22, 09 01:12 PM
  1. I say fuggggitabout it! Manny is gone and good riddance! However There IS another bat available. Bobby Abreau was top of the board in Home runs, Hits and stolen bases. He is available why don't the Red Sox consider him. Definitely forget Manny and any clown that uses Boreass as an agent.

    Posted by eta32 January 22, 09 01:12 PM
  1. Bring back Manny or Tek. Let's think about it. One quit on his team and the other quit on his family for a hot NESN reporter. Hmmm....did someone say something about integrity and commitment???

    Posted by milo January 22, 09 01:12 PM
  1. I bet the Yanks don't even want this jerk.

    Posted by Denis January 22, 09 01:12 PM
  1. This has got to be the most ridiculous column ever. He is a quitter and his teammates wanted him out. Do you think they would want him back? The team will be fine with Jason Bay in left. A guy who wants to be here, a guy who is not too conceited, a guy who knows what it is to be a good teammate. No more of this fake injury I hurt my knee crap. Anyone who commented they want him back is NUTS!

    Posted by Darren January 22, 09 01:14 PM
  1. Interesting article Mr. Pierce. What do you do in your day job?

    Posted by J Finnerty January 22, 09 01:14 PM
  1. Not without a lobotomy and/or personality reprogramming first (for Manny, but maybe even for Charlie, considering he brought up the idea!)

    Posted by Mark Bellhorn January 22, 09 01:15 PM
  1. It pisses me off that everyone who isn't a die hard sox fan is saying that we have a hole in the lineup. what do we consider kevin youkilis and jason bay? honestly, manny carried the dodgers because he chose to sincerely play for the first time in recent years. ramirez has this mentality that because he has the best natural swing in the game he can do whatever he pleases at any time. he carried the dodgers not because he got some "second wind" it was because he finally decided to use that oh so precious swing to make himself the hero of a town again. youk batted .312 with 29 homeruns and 115 rbis in 08 while jason bay will bat around .300 with roughly 35 homeruns next season when he plays the full year at fenway. if those numbers aren't enough to take away david ortiz's insecurities of lack of lineup support then perhaps even the great big papi shouldn't be playing with the sox anymore. when you're protected by jason bay, kevin youkilis, jd drew, and a healthy mike lowell, you have no reason to cry.

    Posted by TJ S. January 22, 09 01:15 PM
  1. I would do it. Look the Red Sox have a need and Manny fills it. He quit on the team, he's selfish, blah blah blah. The bottom line is as soon as he got to LA LA land Manny started swinging the bat like Babe Ruth again. There's not deterioration of his skills. He's still the best right handed hitter in the game and probably the best right handed hitter of the past 30 years. John Henry needs to pay Manny a little visit, have a sit down with him, and explain to him look Manny we want you back and we want you to finish your career in a Red Sox uniform. That said, we are prepared to offer you a 3 year 63 million dollar deal with a club option for a 4th. However, built into that contract are several clauses regarding number of games played, character, as well as multiple other caveats to ensure that Manny behaves. Whine and gripe all you want about his attitude but the simple fact is you can't replace the production. Sure Jason Bay can hit no question about it. But does J Bay strike fear into the heart of an opposing pitcher the way Manny does? There is NOBODY that an opponent wants to see coming to the plate less with the game on the line then Manny Ramirez. Why? For the simple reason that Manny has delivered time and time and time again. Most importantly he's at his best when it matters the most (October) J Bay becomes great trade bait, deal him back to the NL for prospects. Get Manny's signature on a deal. Manny back in this lineup with a healthy Mike Lowell, Ortiz, Glass Jaw JD, Youk, and Pedroia along with the rotation of Beckett, Lester, Dice K, Penny, Smoltz (with Bucholz and Bowden waiting in the wings) makes this team a handsdown World Series favorite regardless of what those morons in the Bronx decide to do with their checkbooks. This might not be the most popular thing to do but it is the RIGHT thing to give this team the best chance to win THIS YEAR. I'm not afraid to say it at this point I view anything other than a World Series appearance as a failure for this organization. The bar has been set at that level and as fans paying the highest ticket price in baseball we are entitled to a winning, championship caliber product on the field every year. Work out the logistics after the deal is done but Manny in a Red Sox Uniform again would be music to this fans ear.

    Posted by Josh K January 22, 09 01:16 PM
  1. Anywhere but here, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I hope the Sox's management feels the same way. I would rather become a Yanks fan than let this happen.

    Posted by Denis January 22, 09 01:18 PM
  1. I don't think Manyy would come back no matter how hard we tried. That's just his way. Making this article a complete waste of time.

    Posted by Optimist January 22, 09 01:18 PM
  1. If you were trying to go with satire you missed the mark - a la Scott Norwood...

    Posted by JB January 22, 09 01:18 PM
  1. Assault and Battery are not the traits we look for in our players! We need a "CHANGE" in professional baseball. Respect for the fans, respect for the game and a little humility especially with the million dollar contracts flying around. I don't expect them to pay for peanuts, but there are families out there in the MLB tee shirts scrapping by and losing jobs. Manny and I did love the man prior to last years physicality, needs to lose his job for good and eat a little humble pie a la mode.

    Posted by Wendell Webber January 22, 09 01:19 PM
  1. Chuck how about putting up one of those survey links?

    Posted by Denis January 22, 09 01:19 PM
  1. We didn't get rid of him, he got rid of the team by acting like an unprofessional pouty teen rock star. Too bad, he's one of the greatest hitters combined with one of the world's biggest divas. Fuggedaboudit!

    Posted by Paulie Walnuts January 22, 09 01:20 PM
  1. You need your head examined! Let Manny stay where he is, or better yet, let him disappear into oblivion.

    Posted by Beth January 22, 09 01:20 PM
  1. Bringing Manny back would return a Hall of Fame hitter with stats to match his presence in the line up. Regardless of the distractions invented by local media, Manny's production remains constant. He hits, has hit, and will continue to hit.

    On top of that, his return would keep Dan Shaughnessy employed. Shaughnessy (in order to capture another 15 minutes of fame) could return to the business of running Manny out of town.

    Posted by Ruben January 22, 09 01:20 PM
  1. This article was obviously written to generate a rise out of the readers...Guess what? It worked! 205 responses so far and counting. Must be a contest going on among the Globe writers to see who can generate the most responses. For the record.....Manny is a discredit to the game of baseball. He happens to be a very talented player who simply does not know how to deal with his talent. His misuse of talent will ultimately result in his losing that talent.

    Posted by geoffu January 22, 09 01:20 PM
  1. Mr. Pierce, it is obvious to me that you should immediately consider the purchase of a Plexiglas navel insert. Your chronic case of cranial rectumitis has affected your ability to see reality. The Red Sox starting lineup does not have the gaping hole in the middle you have seen. Perhaps you were confused by the overdose of double-chocolate donuts you had. When one takes the time to read an opinion piece such as this, one has the right to expect a well-thought-out essay, not merely some words intended to fan the flames of controversy. Let's face it, you are behaving just like Mr. Ramirez by authoring a very poor performance. I certainly hope, for your sake, that management is a bit more forgiving than that of the Red Sox.

    Posted by pennstatedad January 22, 09 01:24 PM
  1. a who cares...yeah let all that happen go.. Ortiz will be so happy ;) BRING MANNY back we need it ;)

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 01:24 PM
  1. Don't people understand that the article is a tongue-in-check piece using the spirit of Obama's inaugural address? Reaching an open hand to Manny is in a similar vein to doing so to the Muslin extremists of the world.....?

    Posted by Bruce January 22, 09 01:24 PM
  1. I for one would rather end up in LAST PLACE on the AL East then waste the teams money on Manny... Ticket Prices are high enough as it is. unless they can get him a a substantial discount... say 5.5 Mill for a one year contract... then maybe... But the disruption in the clubhouse would not merit taking him back...

    Posted by Stephen January 22, 09 01:25 PM
  1. bring back izzy alacantra and carl everett while were at it too...
    we could use cy young and tris speaker...

    Posted by Mike January 22, 09 01:27 PM
  1. You couldnt find anything type about today huh? I wish I could be payed to wright about garbage! The globe is slipping, halve of the writers are terrible.

    Posted by PatSox January 22, 09 01:28 PM
  1. There's a reason that no other teams are jumping to sign him. Sure he might be a lifetime .314 hitter but who cares what his batting average is if he refuses to swing... or worse refuses to play. He's a cancer to the clubhouse and the one really good thing we have going for us right now is team chemistry. Let's not screw that up!

    Posted by Ben January 22, 09 01:28 PM
  1. if Manny is willing to sign with the redsox again and forget about all the hoop pla
    in the past then go for it. He's the best right handed hitter in Baseball right now as we speak so. Give him 15-20 mil sign him for 1 year and then go from there

    2009 world series champs

    Posted by dean babine January 22, 09 01:29 PM
  1. WHAT PLANET DID YOU SAY YOU WERE FROM YOU IDIOT! YOU BELONG ON WEEI WITH THE OTHER NITWITS. WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD WE WANT HIM? EVEN THE PLAYERS WERE HAPPY TO SEE HIM GO. DON'T START BRINGING UP THIS CRAP NOW. THERES A SUPERBOWL ABOUT TO BE PLAYED TRY WRITTING SOMETHING RESPONSIBLE. MOVE TO LA YOU JERK!!!

    Posted by Frank Healey January 22, 09 01:30 PM
  1. Yes bring him back! Why not a base of @ 7-8 mil with a ton of incentives it makes complete sense!!! why wouldnt you want him on your team! He will be a monster again I have been saying this ever since free agency started. I bet Manny would entertain the idea as well... so we can get 145-150 games/yr 300 35 120 for 12-15 million a year i would take it in a heartbeat

    Posted by Ry January 22, 09 01:30 PM
  1. Bring That Man Back Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by allie316 January 22, 09 01:32 PM
  1. NONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONO

    They need to sign someone like Teixiera

    Posted by JK January 22, 09 01:32 PM
  1. Enjoy your many witticisms and turns of phrase. Still, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and the Sox don't need the Big Headache in order to win. Not sure Jason Bay is the answer, as it remains to be seen if he'll be as successful against AL pitching. Superior ptching and defense means fewer runs required. Remember the old Baltimore O's.

    Posted by RocksInHerHead January 22, 09 01:32 PM
  1. Hey Charlie, stick to "Wait, Wait Don't tell Me".

    This was the stupidest sports article I've read in a long time.

    Posted by Eddie January 22, 09 01:32 PM
  1. Yeah, bring back the scrotum slap too.

    Posted by hippydippy January 22, 09 01:33 PM
  1. Yes bring him back! Why not a base of @ 7-8 mil with a ton of incentives it makes complete sense!!! why wouldnt you want him on your team! He will be a monster again I have been saying this ever since free agency started. I bet Manny would entertain the idea as well... so we can get 145-150 games/yr 300 35 120 for 15-18 million a year i would take it in a heartbeat

    Posted by Ry January 22, 09 01:33 PM
  1. Boston fans are full of it ! I hope they never make it back to the playoffs, Manny was the one that got you 2 WS ring , go back before he got there , how many rings ? Manny made ORTIS a baseball player , ( you will miss him for sure)

    Posted by wwwwrfggy January 22, 09 01:34 PM
  1. I used to love Manny, but once he displayed childish antics, I realized how selfish he is. That will not change, and I don't believe in going backwards. Move forward.

    Posted by yellowbmblbee January 22, 09 01:34 PM
  1. NO WAY MAN!!! ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!

    Posted by Manny January 22, 09 01:34 PM
  1. Listen, Manny just wanted an extended contract. He didn't want the Sox to pick up his options because by the time the two are up, he's 38 not 36. Big difference in bball. Manny made these concerns known way before he was acting out and forcing Theo's hand. THeo should have given him a four year extension 2 years ago. Then he could've been our DH when Papi loses his poppy. I actually think it is great idea. Sign him for 3 years plus one option for around $54M and call it a day.

    Posted by Soxfansince75 January 22, 09 01:36 PM
  1. The best hitter in baseball is available.

    Posted by john panzer January 22, 09 01:37 PM
  1. To all you Manny Bashers out there and those saying Bay over Manny...answer this for me...with Manny do the RedSox beat the Rays in Game 7? I believe so. With that win, we most likely take another ring home as well. He has no other suitor and we could create an incentive full contract to convince him that this is his home. His wife loved Boston and I suspect he did too. Admittedly, he was a baby about his "pay day" and terms, but how much of that should we blame on Boris? Think of it...it was Boris who most likely advised Tek not to take arbitration...and look how that is working for him. All in all, Manny played a hell of a left field...remember in the ALCS of 2004 when he made the amazing catch in the corner. There were other great play at important moments...how about when he threw a runner out at the plat in the 04 WS! We all seem to remember his off days...but think of the possibilities....and don't forget how critical he was in helping our team win it all...his bat was awsome...how about the Game 2 ALDS game in 2007...that was awsome...I for one wish Manny the best and would love to have him back.

    Posted by scott January 22, 09 01:38 PM
  1. It seems to me that most folks have their head on straight in thinking this is the worst idea to come down the pike in a long time.

    With that said some folks think it make sense. If signing Manny made sense why has no other team, with the exception of the Dodgers, made and attempt to do so? I can tell you why, it is because Manny is a talented athelete whose selfishness and child like behaviour greatly out weigh his atheletic ability.

    When Manny is happy he is great, when he is not he is a cancer to your team and club house. Why would you want to put yourself at that risk when no other team in baseball is willing too? He has turned on you once, he will do it again.

    Posted by JarrodInNC January 22, 09 01:39 PM
  1. All outfield positions are solidified. There is no room for Manny on this roster. Not to mention the fact that the team thinks he quit on them, which he did.

    I am no longer going to read anything you write.

    Posted by hbk2369 January 22, 09 01:41 PM
  1. I find it ironic to be reading this story on the Boston Globe, a prime player in the "get rid of Manny" hatchet job that went down last summer. Manny can be an idiot, but even he wouldn't be stupid enough to come back to this town after the way he was treated.

    Posted by Colin Principe January 22, 09 01:41 PM
  1. Mr Pierce...you provocateur you.....This is a joke piece....right? If not....DID YOU FORGET THAT THE "MAN-CHILD" DID EVERTHING HE COULD TO GET HIMSELF OUT OF TOWN?!?!?! THAT HE WANTED TO BE HERE ACCORDING TO HIS OWN WORDS??? He commiserated with Nomah and Petey abouot how badly the Sox treated them all in their tenures here. Please God....I should have been treated so "horribly" by any of the employers I have had. There is no way Theo is going to bring back the whining, sloppy...stupid show that is Manny Ramirez. I wonder why there are no offers for this future HOF players talents? Hmmmmm

    Posted by Rick H January 22, 09 01:41 PM
  1. Yes bring back manny, he is never going to have it as good as he did in boston and is not going to get the money he wants because no one is pushing for him, Boras should realize that he royally screwed up, and come back to boston where all manny has to do is produce, what he does best, and as long he does that no one will care, once he starts cracking homers again and driving in base runners everyone will get over it

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 01:42 PM
  1. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LET THE MANCHILD BE!!!!

    Bring back Manny? Why don't we bring back the Plague? Why don't we sign the guy who threw the slice o' pizza at the other guy? Why don't we just have the team wear uniforms that say "Sad Sacks o' Monkeys"? Why don't we give the chick who sweeps the bases between innings a glove and say, "left field is over there"?

    I couldn't stand one more July with that 8th-grade dropout stinking up the airwaves. Besides, Tacoby Ellsbury (sp?) ran home from 2nd base on a pass ball or something like that. Character, man, character...

    Posted by Johnny Two Times January 22, 09 01:43 PM
  1. YES
    offer him the major league minimum and provide incentives for everything positive
    let the man earn his money
    he makes millions, the sox get production, he tanks he loses

    Posted by jay brady January 22, 09 01:43 PM
  1. Bring back Manny? Is that some kind of Joke? That would be the worst thing this ball club could do. Anyone who things they should bring him back has obviously never played Baseball or any sport for that matter. All Manny does is cause problems in the locker room, which in the long run isn't worth it even if he does hit 30 hrs a year. Give be a break, Bring Back Manny. I would much rather see them bring back Mo Vaughn haha.

    Posted by Kyle January 22, 09 01:43 PM
  1. Oh please, those people bashing poor MANNY... WHILE HE WAS WINING HE WAS THE GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYER EVER RIGHT????? LET HIM BE MANNY AND BRING HIM BACK SO I CAN START WATCHING THE GAME AGAIN...
    BRING MANNY BACK, BRING MANNY BACK

    Posted by MANYWOOD January 22, 09 01:44 PM
  1. Let me think about this one for a sec. NOOOOOOOO!!!!! We need real baseball teamplayers, no ego maniacs!!!

    Posted by catalina January 22, 09 01:46 PM
  1. Sure - bring him back for one game so that we can boo the crap out of him - then ship his butt off to KC or Pittsburg to rot away.....

    Posted by Razz January 22, 09 01:47 PM
  1. There would be a revolt on the team if he ever came back. Our great manager would be demoralized. I hope we do nothing for Boras or any of his prospective clients after the Texiera debacle and the Varitek situation. It would be very embarassing for the Sox I am sure after they let the other GMs know what Manny did to the team. Don't be surprised if and Youkilis and Bay both hit over 30 home runs and drive in a ton of runs. Youk gets better and stronger each year and Jason will have a couple months of AL pitching under his belt.

    Posted by al griffith January 22, 09 01:48 PM
  1. All of the positive comments to this article must have been made by the same guy as they all sound similar. No matter! In my opinion before bringing back Varitek and Manny (UGH) would be for both of them to FIRE Borass first and foremost. He is definately a Scumbag and always have been. I believe he's the reason that both remained unsigned so far.

    Posted by Rick January 22, 09 01:48 PM
  1. Why don't you get another job!!! You're certainly not qualified for this one!

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 01:51 PM
  1. There's no need to waste our time with this talk. No chance ownership will consider this!

    Posted by Andrew January 22, 09 01:51 PM
  1. ADAM DUNN! ADAM DUNN! ADAM DUNN! ADAM DUNN! ADAM DUNN! ADAM DUNN! ADAM DUNN!

    Posted by beantown_beerhound January 22, 09 01:52 PM
  1. Ohh..Absolutely bring him back! Think of the myriad betting pools that will abound:
    1. First day he begins to tank over some imagined slight
    2. Whose outfield throw will he cut off from medium left field
    3. How many bathroom breaks inside the monster by May 1?
    The list is endless

    Posted by KC January 22, 09 01:52 PM
  1. At what price and terms would he be available?

    Posted by Mr Winkie January 22, 09 01:52 PM
  1. This is utterly rediculous, and a gross attempt for the writer to try to make himself visible by trying to be controversial. It's disgusting journalism, and he has just made himself out to be a total joke. Is this the only way you can get people to read your articles these days, just to try to make yourself relevant? Just pathetic journalism. Writers really need to be accounatble for the trash that they write. Is this really the kind of journalism The Globe wants to publish? You're an idiot Mr. Pierce.....a true idiot.

    Posted by ducati2 January 22, 09 01:52 PM
  1. LOSER NATION!!! We LOVE Manny....oh what they traded him? We Hate Manny now. Manny was a jerk from day 1 and it took you dopes 8 years to realize it. Boston used to have the smartest fans in baseball, but since the creation of "Redsox Nation" they are now the most stupid fans in the game led by their leader EL Presidente Remy. LOSERS

    Posted by gond36 January 22, 09 01:53 PM
  1. LOSER NATION!!! We LOVE Manny....oh what they traded him? We Hate Manny now. Manny was a jerk from day 1 and it took you dopes 8 years to realize it. Boston used to have the smartest fans in baseball, but since the creation of "Redsox Nation" they are now the most stupid fans in the game led by their leader EL Presidente Remy. LOSERS

    Posted by gond36 January 22, 09 01:53 PM
  1. NO, NEVER BRING HIM BACK!!!! NEVER!!! Are you insane??!!

    Posted by BradSox2004 January 22, 09 01:55 PM
  1. The Red Sox won 2 titles with him. By my last count, they've won ZERO without him. He is the greatest right handed hitter this town has ever seen. Stop pretending you don't want him. As soon as he hits his first home run, you'll fawn over him again. Be honest: nobody wants to root for robots like Varitek, Bay and Youkilis.

    Posted by Classless January 22, 09 01:55 PM
  1. "Yes...bring him back!...he should have never left...when he decided at the last minute to ask to stay they should have swallowed their pride and hurt feelings and done so"

    Actually Sharon, that last move by Manny should have absolutely cemented him being kicked out of down. There is constant speculation about that infamous at bat against Mo and if he purposefully struck out or not, thereby fueling the debate of whether or not he was trying as a Sox. But that is a clear admission that he was purposefully tanking it - "take me back and I'll behave". Should never have been misbehaving to start with. Manny and Scott made this bed, now let them lie in it. I laugh everytime I think about him still not having a job.

    For the question on what Tek did over the summer, the only thing I can think of was some rumors of an affair with a sports writter. Don't see how that is worse then physically assulting the elderly.

    Agree though that this column is not serious and was used only to attract readers

    Posted by Kate022 January 22, 09 01:56 PM
  1. I'd rather lose.

    Posted by ChadProvidence January 22, 09 02:00 PM
  1. Charles,
    Sorry, but at this point, your sarcastic writing is boring. ...really! You must be the other guy that was seen drinking with Enrique Wilson and Manny at the hotel bar, the night after he declared himself "too ill to play" against the Yanks in 04.....

    Posted by Rich January 22, 09 02:02 PM
  1. Nothing else came to mind to try to stimulate talk on a slow sports day, huh?

    Why don't you follow up with a column on why the Pats should fire Belichick because he didn't get them to the playoffs this year?

    Posted by Fletcher January 22, 09 02:03 PM
  1. That guy is a clown. he acted like a donkey in boston and now no one wants him. karma is a bitch manny. you reap what you sew.
    P.S. you look like an idiot with your hair like that.

    Posted by The Truth January 22, 09 02:04 PM
  1. You have a problem employee. He makes a ton of money but is very immature, causes problems in the office occassionally makes a fool of himself, but you put up with it because he produces. He decides that he wants to leave but doesn't want to "officially" quit because of no compete contracts, etc. So he acts out passed the point of acceptability, calls your boss a liar, and basically forces you to fire him. He does this every year or so, but this year, he's gone to a whole nother level so you give him his walking papers. A few months pass and the former employee is in need of a job. You don't really need him, but with his production, you're a lock to meet your annual goals. But, you have a bunch of young people on your staff and this guy is not exactly the role model you want the kids to follow. Do you hire him?

    Posted by Jeff S January 22, 09 02:05 PM
  1. I think too many people dont want he came back, but, i think if We WANT MORE CHANPIONSHIP for the BOSTON RED SOX. WE NEED MANY

    Posted by LUDI07 January 22, 09 02:06 PM
  1. I hope Manny wins a world series with Yankees to make you idiots feel stupid. You idiots act like every single player on the roster wouldnt leave if they were offered more money or chance to play for the greatest Baseball Franchise of all time whether you idiots like it or not. And for the record Red sox fans are absolutely horrid.

    Posted by CELTICSWC January 22, 09 02:06 PM
  1. I never cared about all the goofy stuff with Manny, but anyone who collects $20 million and dogs it so he can get out of town or get a bigger contract earns an automatic nomination for d-bag of the year. I don't know what Ramirez would be doing if our society didn't place such an OBSCENELY high value on the ability to hit a baseball, but my sense is the job would have him uttering the words "You want fries with that?"

    That aside, if he could grow up a little, I wouldn't mind seeing him in Boston again. But that would involve dealing with Scott Boras, a man whose morality is one notch above child molester. I'll pass.

    Posted by P-Dawg January 22, 09 02:08 PM
  1. Anyone who thinks it is a good idea to bring Ramirez back to the Sox clearly does NOT understand the intrinsic dynamics of TEAM and teamwork. The true value of a player is not always measured by Stats.

    Posted by Jay Corbett January 22, 09 02:08 PM
  1. Boy - you are dumb. You don't get it. There is more to winning than stats. Manny is a cancer. I am loving every day he goes wihtout an offer. Here's to hoping he signs for less than 20M!

    Posted by FRS January 22, 09 02:09 PM
  1. Well, people like Classless are true idiots when they say they don't want to root for robots like Bay, Youk and Varitek. Manny will play for Manny, not you. As long as you are stupid enough to put money in his pocket by supporting him, he will continue to walk to first on ground balls and destroy a clubhouse. Honestly, if any of you think Manny would be a hero in this town if he returns, you are truly ignorant.. The past is gone and thankfully so is Manny.

    Posted by Bill January 22, 09 02:12 PM
  1. If Sox brass would even consider doing that, they would be castrated for letting him leave last year when he probably was the difference in another WS for us. Bring him back NOW...your NUTS junior.......NUTS!!

    Posted by 38 Pitches left in my career January 22, 09 02:12 PM
  1. Bring Manuel Ramirez back!!!!!!

    Ya hear me!

    Thanxs.

    Posted by allie316 January 22, 09 02:13 PM
  1. By Far the most idiotic column I have ever read. Charles peirce, you are an INCOMPETENT TOOL !!!!! You don't even state any valid arguments to bring back that quit on his teamates, coaches, and most of all us fans peice of @$#%!!!!!..What's the deal charlie, nobody is reading your columns, You have to write this garbage to get people to pay attention to you. Truley MORONIC YOU LITTLE TROLL!!!!!!!

    Posted by PeteG January 22, 09 02:13 PM
  1. I think we should sign the Tooth Fairy.

    Posted by Rob January 22, 09 02:18 PM
  1. Article is right on. Makes way too much sense, they'll never go for it.

    Posted by FBAIRD January 22, 09 02:20 PM
  1. My friend Manny era is a past tense, go...went....gone :)

    Posted by ken January 22, 09 02:20 PM
  1. I see no problem with opening the doors of communication. Let Boras know we're not going to bend over backwards to sign Manny; yet if Manny has any mutual interest in finishing where he began his HOF career...that MAYBE the sides could test a one-year contract. Contracts these days have clauses that cover just about anything. So yes, create one saturated with incentives and force Manny to play the game like it should be played. And if he flakes out, don't pay him. There is value for Manny to return if he could remove the chip from his shoulder and stop thinking that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ. Nobody has to admit fault, Platoon him all over the place, but have his bat in every game. He should not be a staring outfielder...but let him rotate in and out and share DH time with Ortiz. Also do not remove Ortiz from the lineup, yet platoon him at first when Lowelll needs a rest .

    Posted by Austin January 22, 09 02:23 PM
  1. Typical Boston Red Sox fans. They know nothing and think that they know everything. Listen, you front runners: the Red Sox will suffer greatly this year from a lack of power production, and Manny is a lock to be voted to the Hall on his first ballot. No one has come close to putting up his numbers year after year. Jim Rice pales in comparison, and you are the same crew who has been supporting his phony nomination to the Hall for all these years. How many World Series did we win then?

    Posted by Edgar January 22, 09 02:25 PM
  1. Check out Manny's numbers the month before he left Boston. He was absolutely raking the ball. I know we all want to believe the front office, but maybe Manny was, in fact, injured.
    He says he was injured, and his numbers were down. He got healthier, and the numbers went up.
    Players who have DUI's and hit women have "character issues". Manny is by all accounts one of the hardest workers in all of baseball. And he proved how important he was in our lineup. It's not the same without him.

    Posted by callmescraps January 22, 09 02:26 PM
  1. Oh, come on, forgive and forget. Offer the Mannster four years at $30M a year and call it all even. Jeesh !

    If it would close the deal with Borass then put in clause that Manny can knock down or punch out (his choice) any ball club personnel at his discretion.
    Put in another clause that gives him the week off before and after the All Star game for any planned deaths in the family.
    Oh, and he can come to spring training just for the last week, home games only.
    The team will make an announcement before every game that the fans should not have any performance expectations of Manny and should just sit back and enjoy his shenanigans for entertainment value only...kind of like the announcement warning fans not to go on the field.
    He is not required to tip clubhouse boys any more than he did over the last few years. That is....zero.
    He should be allowed to go into the left field wall to rest or visit the rest room at anytime, not just between innings.
    And by contract he should be allowed to stand in the batters box for a full 7 seconds after every ball hit, fair or foul.
    Manny should be allowed to make up the lineup card for each game so he decide when he wants to play and where he'll hit in the order.
    By contract he should only be required to run out home runs because he can do so at his leisure.
    If required to pinch hit on one of his many days off, then he is not required to swing the bat. If, by chance, he were to get a base on balls in that situation, then the team would be required to assign a pinch runner for him.
    The team will have their lawyers get a restraining order that will ban all sportswriters from the clubhouse.
    They will also get a restraining order prohibiting Kevin Youklis from being so damn competitive. Chill out, man.
    Manny will be allowed to go into the stands to high five fans for every ball that's hit to him, even if it's a "live" base hit.

    Seems like reasonable accommodations.

    Posted by Ken January 22, 09 02:27 PM
  1. There is a better chance of everyone getting hit by lightning than Manny coming back to Boston, he made his bed now be a big loser Boras client and go play in Japan. Ramirez is without a doubt one of the best all time hitters in baseball but is a total moron, whiny little B**** who sulks when he doesnt get his way. People are losing their jobs left and right, baseball players make millions for playing a game kids love to play. I hope he doesnt get a job until the season starts and he has to take a hugh pay cut.

    Posted by Ralph January 22, 09 02:30 PM
  1. What am I missing? Manny wanted to leave and why would we want him back. He is also an aging player who has a few good years but he is at the tail end of his career and in a few years the Sox would just need to start shopping for a replacement anyway. Let's move on to new business.

    Posted by Diron Ahlquist January 22, 09 02:32 PM
  1. I would rather have a respectable ball club that goes out and plays the game hard every day, and loses in the ALDS than have that mop-headed, rainbow colored mouthpiece chewing, lazy, self-loathing jackass anywhere in the Fenway including the surrounding neighborhoods. Manny doesn't know what the word team means, it's not in his vocabulary and the one time he used it in a sentence, it was not sincere and he mispronounced the actual word. He is ANTHRAX right in the face of every single member of the Red Sox organization. Manny can be Manny in retirement in the confines of his Florida home and see how glorious that is. It's not just as easy as getting him back and inserting him into the hole in the lineup. He's a distraction for anyone involved or who follows Red Sox Baseball.

    Posted by Pete M January 22, 09 02:32 PM
  1. I'm a die-hard Sox fan living in upstate NY and I have been since the days of Frank Malzone and Dalton Jones. If they ever take this bum back I'll definitely find another team to root for.

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 02:32 PM
  1. How funny.....Relax all....I think the article was meant to be elicit some emotion....I think it succeeded.....more important question is...how is DiceK going to be in Sep after throwing 1 billion pitches because of the WBC...I hate that stupid thing...Bud Selig is bag man....

    Posted by Sox310 January 22, 09 02:33 PM
  1. Mr. Pierce-
    Are you available to broker Peace in the Middle East? BTW, can Manny catch?

    Posted by jkstraw January 22, 09 02:33 PM
  1. for better or worse, dude's gone...for better or worse, he'll never be back in a Red Sox uniform.

    So what is the point in talking about it?

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 02:36 PM
  1. NEVER! I'd become a Yankees fan before I would root for Manny.

    Posted by Jackson January 22, 09 02:36 PM
  1. Stupidest suggestion I've EVER read. Anyone who doesn't know why is either a moron or has been in communicado for the past thee years. Looks like I can skip over the Globe Magazine articles.

    Posted by doc January 22, 09 02:37 PM
  1. Come on dummy,
    What's next, a debate on whether or not we can trap and train a sasquatch to hit a slider?
    How about a serious consideration about ignoring goof-ball journalists who have nothing significant to print.
    Your mon asked me to add, "your a moron and you always were." Her words dude not mine. Well, back to bed.

    TCB

    Posted by greg January 22, 09 02:39 PM
  1. This piece was written by the same moron who wanted to put Youkilis in the outfield in the World Series in 2007. When I heard him say that gem on the Globe 10.0 I lost all respect for his opinion. Charlie, stop writing about and talking about sports. It is time for you to find a new profession dude.

    Posted by More Cowbell January 22, 09 02:43 PM
  1. You must be kidding! Manny is a stereotypical example of an athlete with a million-dollar body and a ten-cent brain. He has the emotional maturity of a 12-year-old and only plays his best baseball when he has a positive attitude. If he's feeling happy and cares about the success of the team, he plays like a champion. Otherwise, he's just a good hitter, a clumsy fielder, and a big behavioral problem on and off the field. His sudden burst of productivity with the Dodgers proves that beyond any doubt. He wanted a change and it improved his attitude, at least for a while. Given his history with the Red Sox, the probability of him feeling happy to be back in Boston is about zero.

    Posted by Barry January 22, 09 02:44 PM
  1. "The Red Sox won 2 titles with him. By my last count, they've won ZERO without him. He is the greatest right handed hitter this town has ever seen. Stop pretending you don't want him. As soon as he hits his first home run, you'll fawn over him again. Be honest: nobody wants to root for robots like Varitek, Bay and Youkilis."

    Amen. Manny is the best Right Handed Hitter ever, and most likely better than any other active one (A-Rod included). The Red Sox without Manny provides for the most boring team I've ever seen. Snooze Fest 2009 with Don Orsillo at the helm. Bring back Manny, and while they're at it, bring back Sean McDonough too.

    Posted by Tom January 22, 09 02:45 PM
  1. bring back manny? why dont we bring back that fella named buckner too u clown

    Posted by mannybeingmanny January 22, 09 02:45 PM
  1. Charlie, are you referring to the recently departed inveterate ingrate LFer ("the best pure hitter anyone has ever seen!")? The debutante Dodger? You mean the "Manny-being-Manny" jejunum who attacked the club's elderly traveling secretary and whose only job was to be of assistance to His Cretin-ness? You mean the raucous rictus, the anti-Red Soxer? NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Charlie, didn't they toilet train you at St. John's? After I read your piece, I can assure you that my father (a Red Sox fanatic for 65 years) is turning over in his grave!

    Posted by John Creamer January 22, 09 02:46 PM
  1. must be a slow news day

    Posted by Joe P January 22, 09 02:47 PM
  1. Manny WHO??????

    Posted by Pat January 22, 09 02:48 PM
  1. Majority rules, we don't want him.

    Posted by Denis January 22, 09 02:49 PM
  1. BRING BACK MANNY! IT WAS A HORRIBLE DEAL TO GET RID OF HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE . WE CAN FIX THIS COUNTRY, AND WE CAN FIX THIS RELATIONSHIP , YES WE CAN ! MANNY, MANNY , MANNY, MANNY , MANNY , MANNY, MANNY, MANNY, MANNY!

    Posted by Ricky Fatts January 22, 09 02:50 PM
  1. Charlie, at last count, there were 394 responses to your piece! Mission accom-plished, huh?

    Posted by Creems January 22, 09 02:52 PM
  1. Charlie, at last count, there were 394 responses to your piece! Mission accom-plished, huh?

    Posted by Creems January 22, 09 02:53 PM
  1. YES! Bring back Manny! He will always be a Red Sox no matter where he goes, so let's bring him back. Also, if Manny wants to return this can be a great prodigal son experience for all involved. I predict that the Red Sox will win the 2009 World Series if Manny is on the team. GO SOX!

    Posted by Patrick January 22, 09 02:55 PM
  1. Someone on here said they would rather lose in the playoffs than take Manny back and win.. WTF??? We used to have die hard, hardcore fans who only cared about winning. Now, we can only win with conditions??? WTF, I'm ashamed to even share the same ballpark with you LOSERS! Say what you want about The Yankees, they want to win at any cost. You guys have become soft since we won in 04'.

    Posted by B January 22, 09 02:57 PM
  1. Classless, you are classless which is why you would want classless Manny back! He gave up on his team to force a trade, the team is far better off without Manny Distraction!! "Robots like Yoook, Tek and Bay"; you are not only classless but stupid, too>

    Posted by Dewars January 22, 09 02:58 PM
  1. simply put, only a true idiot would want manny back.
    If you truly want him back, then give up your red sox fandom, you know nothing about baseball at all. just forget it, there is no and i say again NO argument that can be rationally made to get him back. He destroys clubhouses, he wants way tomuch money, and where would you play him?
    please go back to watching the revs or something.

    Posted by steveh January 22, 09 03:00 PM
  1. Manny Ramirez is a criminal and a cheat. No way must he return to the Fens. And seven productive years? This guy doesn't know his fractions! Lying down and fakin' it in August does not make a full year!

    Posted by Kamperman January 22, 09 03:05 PM
  1. I'm simply fed up with the spoiled attitude around here that our offense has some huge hole now. Why don't we start using data since few writing for the globe can actually use their head to compile an intelligible article about what the Sox look like going into 2009. The data say that the Red Sox averaged almost a run HIGHER per game after trading Manny. Sure it's not the biggest sample size around, but the offense was better without him last year. Let us not forget that that sample also includes a David Ortiz wrist injury, a Drew bad-back, and an injured Mike Lowell. That same offense, only healthier and with a better bench, will be going into 2009. Ortiz won't be worse even through everyone is ready to write him off. Lowell might tank, sure, but Jacoby and Lowrie should both be better. The pitching staff is deeper than both the 2004 and 2007 teams and the pen is arguably the best (on paper) in the majors. The next ridiculous argument out there is that Ortiz or whoever needs "protection". This is one of those myths that people who can write but can't analyze the game don't understand. Look at Ortiz's numbers without Manny in the lineup through his career with the Red Sox and you'll see nearly identical numbers with those when Manny is in the lineup. It's complete hogwash that a major league hitter needs protection. If anything it's the guy providing the "protection" who benefits since he has better hitters in front of him getting on base more often and hence more RBI opportunities (ahem, any one hitting after Bonds...i'm looking at you Rich Aurilia and Jeff Kent). The Red Sox lineup is still one of the elite in the game and its staff is downright deep and solid 1-5. I LOVED Manny and I still do, but geez, it's over. You guys sound like a guy who got dumped and refuses to move on. He hates Boston and the fans, it's over. Oh yeah, and we don't need him.

    Posted by Adam January 22, 09 03:05 PM
  1. All you people are little spoiled brats. He was one of the all time best Red Sox and one of the all time best players period. Reading these comments it seems like you all have forgotten that. Bringing him back would improve us ridiculously with the pitching depth we have. Is it a good idea? not sure. But all of you need to stop drinking the Red Sox PR kool-aid and bashing Manny. I bet you'd boo him if he were to return to the park, you ungrateful F###S!

    Posted by Gary January 22, 09 03:06 PM
  1. Well, I laughed at this article. I think that was Charlie's point, eh?

    Calm down people.

    Posted by Just the Pork Tutcher being Pork Butcher January 22, 09 03:07 PM
  1. I believe that Manny is a superb ball player when he is emotionally healthy and resistant and angry when he is not. I'd sign him on again, we all love him, even if just a little bit, but include in contract demands for psychological evaluations and therapy weekly. We don't neeed to know about it, just Theo and Manny.


    Posted by Christine Grace Frances January 22, 09 03:08 PM
  1. I am not sure where i stand on this whole idea of bringing Manny back, but i can tell you this, i am not going to try to make a point by WRITING IN ALL CAPS(oh well i guess that was a lie). but seriously people say things like how do you deal with a player when he has the attitude of a 12yr old, a general disrespect for the fans or the game or everything. the truth is most people who are that good at any one thing are usually very excentric, might i use the Splendid Splinter for an example. would any of you out there complain if we were talking about a man who never tipped his cap to the fans, Ted Williams.

    Posted by Scott January 22, 09 03:14 PM
  1. I can see most of the Theo sheep and kool aide drinkers can't see the Grand Canyon size whole in our line up. Hell, since 2004 we've needed a big bat. We got lucky in the playoffs with Papi and Manny being red hot.

    Posted by Pink Hatters Should Die January 22, 09 03:14 PM
  1. It's no talent hack moron columnists like Chucky Pierce that make me embarassed to be a Sox fan....well, Pierce and all of you pink hat wearing, bandwagon, dont know a right fielder before Trot Nixon ,yahoo "I love Nomahhh!", "Seriously, The Depaahhted was awesome", "I own the collectors edition of Fever Pitch DVD", WEEI listening, I grew up on Jim Rice even though I'm only 22 years old Red Sox fans...

    Posted by MartinE January 22, 09 03:15 PM
  1. I agree wholeheartedly. If it's about winning, there's no player even close to Manny. Two reasons why his future behavior may be better: he realizes he's near the end of his career and is now writing his HOF resume; and, he may be humbled -if not humiliated- by how the Baseball market views him so that Boston may seem a whole lot homier to him.
    His return would also free up an outfielder to use as trade bait for a strong catcher.
    I fully realize this is unlikely; but, it sure would cure the sting of losing Teixeira.
    Bring Manny back!!!

    Posted by geosfun January 22, 09 03:18 PM
  1. I'd rather lose.

    Posted by Mike January 22, 09 03:21 PM
  1. Manny is a BUM! I would never want that Quitter on my team and I don't care if he hits 100 HR's this year. He stands there against Mariano and keeps the bat on his shoulder for three straight strikes, trying to send a message to The Red Sox brass that he wants out. The hell with that bum! Time to move on.Let some other team take the bum and see the cancer that he is.

    Posted by Dutch January 22, 09 03:23 PM
  1. Only the pink hats want Manny back. Real baseball fans do not want Manny back. The baseball owners are wising up. They will avoid Boras clients in the future. And college players turning pro should avoid Boras also if they want to be drated. Just because an agent holds out for the Highest Bidder does not make him a great agent. Even a cave man could do that. Money Ramirez or Moron Ramirez will end up in NY for 1 or 2 years. He has enough money to live off of the interest for the rest of his life.

    Posted by Wise Guy January 22, 09 03:24 PM
  1. Well Manny's production will never be replaced by any hitter that is on our team. Why not bring him back with a incentive filled contract to motivate him to behave, lets face it, this is just like back in 05 when fans were against Manny during trade deadline only to give him a standing ovation when he was not traded. I can say as oon as the first hit, HR and RBI comes in, fans will be quick to re-embrace Manny

    Posted by Charlie S January 22, 09 03:28 PM
  1. Well Manny's production will never be replaced by any hitter that is on our team. Why not bring him back with a incentive filled contract to motivate him to behave, lets face it, this is just like back in 05 when fans were against Manny during trade deadline only to give him a standing ovation when he was not traded. I can say as oon as the first hit, HR and RBI comes in, fans will be quick to re-embrace Manny

    Posted by Charlie S January 22, 09 03:29 PM
  1. Ridiculous. Manny is gone...get over it. This is a strong TEAM. I'm sure if Papi isn't hitting as well as he has in the past, the Sox will make a move. Everytime I thought the sox were making a bad move it turned out I was wrong (J Damon, Pedro, Nomar etc.)

    Posted by Jeff January 22, 09 03:31 PM
  1. Only pink hats want Manny back. Real baseball fans do not. We know better. Team owners are wising up and are avoiding Boras clients. College players turning pro would also be wise to avoid Boras if they want to be drafted. Want makes Boras so great anyway. Just because he holds out for the highest bidder. A caveman could do that. Money Ramirez or Moron Ramirez will end up in NY for 1 or 2 years. He has enough money to live off of the interest for the rest of his life. Plus he is an Ahole.

    Posted by Wise Guy January 22, 09 03:34 PM
  1. Poor Manny! Ya right. That he isn't. It looks like Texiera mowed his lawn pretty good for the market for sluggers. The Red Sox are one of the few teams he would fit and he already burned his bridges here. Let him stay out in LA. They seem to like him out there.

    Posted by JD January 22, 09 03:34 PM
  1. All you haters remember one thing... You witnessed the second greatest hitter ever seen in a Red Sox uniform.

    Posted by Scott Prater January 22, 09 03:34 PM
  1. I guess nobody remembers that several of the Red Sox players went to the front office and said Manny has to go. Manny won't fit with the Sox because the players don't want him there.

    Posted by Aaron McLellan January 22, 09 03:35 PM
  1. Awesome piece all together. Awesome idea. Emmanuel Ramirez, we're sorry. If you can keep Boras on a leash-- so to speak-- we would gladly welcome you back into our ball park. Jason Bay/J.D. Drew/Kevin Youkilis will never = Manny Ramirez, Plain and simple. Print this article in the globe, the idea needs to be spread. I'm sure I am not the only one out there agreeing with it. You can have pride in your organization for the way it acted last year, but it isn't like the guy murdered someone. At a point you just have to put your tail between your legs and come to grips with the 2nd greatest hitter ever to grace the Fenway outfield. Hombre up.

    Posted by Neil22 January 22, 09 03:42 PM
  1. Are you serious no one was a bigger fan of Manny than I was but the guy QUITon us last year, Charlie Pierce you should be fired for even bringing the subject up,lol.
    Just kidding Charles.

    Posted by ED January 22, 09 03:42 PM
  1. I'm glad Tek and Manny aren't signed. Both are greedy ingrates and both are Boras clients. What a surprise. Tek gets a $10 mill arbitration offer and refuses? At his age and after the awful season he had? Unbelievably greedy and stupid. This from the team captain. Way to set an example. Don't wanna waste time proving yourself still capable of being a top-tier major league catcher and deserving of those big bucks in a multi-year deal next year. Don't wanna waste time redeeming yourself. OK then, Tek, hope the only offer you get is in Japan, you ingrate.
    Speaking of Japan, that's the perfect place for someone of Manny's stature. Let them see for themselves the phenomenon of Manny being Manny. He'd be a dreadlocked Godzilla there. Better there than picking up a major-league paycheck for playing only when he felt like it. It's actually incredible (and incredibly naive) that anybody could conceive of the possibility of Manny returning to the Red Sox. I also hope that the prolonged free agency these guys are enjoying is shared by all Boras clients in the future.

    Posted by danalogue January 22, 09 03:42 PM
  1. Only pink hats want Manny back. Real baseball fans do not. We know better. Team owners are wising up and are avoiding Boras clients. College players turning pro would also be wise to avoid Boras if they want to be drafted. Want makes Boras so great anyway. Just because he holds out for the highest bidder. A caveman could do that. Money Ramirez or Moron Ramirez will end up in NY for 1 or 2 years. He has enough money to live off of the interest for the rest of his life. Plus he is an Ahole.

    Posted by Wise Guy January 22, 09 03:43 PM
  1. Grat Article. My sentiments exactly.

    Posted by T.J. January 22, 09 03:48 PM
  1. Quote from BL: "I read Pierce's article last week advocating for the celtics to try to sign Stephon Marbury and this weeks's article about the Red Sox trying to sign Manny. I can't wait for next weeks article about how the Patriots should try to sign Terrel Owens or how the Bruins should go after Steve Avery"

    Hey BL, you really think Steve Avery has a place on the Bruins' roster? Didn't he retire like, eight years ago?

    Posted by MP January 22, 09 03:51 PM
  1. Manny had no contract yesterday, does not have one today, and hopefully not tomorrow!! What PAYBACK for him and his buddy BorASS. Nothing would make me happier, especially the way things are with the economy today with innocent, hard working people being laid off, than to have some of these foolish, greedy ballplayers and their agents feel even just a little angst that the average person feels.

    Posted by rupert January 22, 09 03:52 PM
  1. Only pink hats want Manny back. Real baseball fans do not. We know better. Team owners are wising up and are avoiding Boras clients. College players turning pro would also be wise to avoid Boras if they want to be drafted. Want makes Boras so great anyway. Just because he holds out for the highest bidder. A caveman could do that. Money Ramirez or Moron Ramirez will end up in NY for 1 or 2 years. He has enough money to live off of the interest for the rest of his life. Plus he is an Ahole.

    Posted by Wise Guy January 22, 09 03:52 PM
  1. You are absolutely right! Manny is great he protects the other hitters. But, we know management can't do it. THAT IS SOOOO BAD!

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 03:52 PM
  1. You're obviously high! Check into rehab, pull your foot out of your mouth and try to come up with something half way meaningful for fans to read. You embarrass yourself. I should pull out one of my eyes for wasting my time reading your waste of time!

    Posted by chmier January 22, 09 03:53 PM
  1. Clearly, all the English teachers in town have failed miserably: satire as a genre is clearly not understood by Globe readers. #354 don't quit your day job: "You couldnt find anything type about today huh? I wish I could be payed to wright about garbage! The globe is slipping, halve of the writers are terrible." Uh, with that English you won't get paid to write this or any other garbage. It's a blog, people. His job is to generate a response. He succeeded. End of story. Do you take everything this literally? No wonder we're in trouble as a country...

    Posted by grant January 22, 09 03:56 PM
  1. Oh yeah that makes sense, a hundred mil for the next few years and everyday you won't know if he plays or quits on you, perfect sense! The only people who would be happy on the Sox would be Ortiz and Lugo as well as all the ingrates on this post. Manny is a like a bad girlfriend, yeah the loving was good but everything else wasn't worth the trouble!

    Posted by DMONMCD January 22, 09 03:57 PM
  1. For everyone who is saying no I ask you who is going to protect Ortiz in the lineup? I know he burned bridges but bridges are rebuilt. Have a sit down with him and find out if their is a way. There's no way he wants to play for the Giants as they are going nowhere. Sign him to a 1 year plus an option and see what happens.

    Posted by John January 22, 09 03:59 PM
  1. More than a no... HELL NO!!

    Posted by mhouston January 22, 09 04:03 PM
  1. Very provocative article that has generated 394 comments so far! Hate the idea, of course, but have to give Pierce credit for slapping this together and creating so much well needed "heat" in January!!

    Posted by Bob January 22, 09 04:04 PM
  1. the article was supposed to be tongue in cheek.
    everyone calm down.

    Posted by whatabunchofmorons January 22, 09 04:06 PM
  1. Honestly, if Charles P. Pierce wasn't laughin when he wrote this article, then he's a complete idiot! As great a player as Manny is, he is now in A-Rod's category; a guaranteed future Hall of Famer who's a cancer to any team he goes to. As much as I loved him when he wore that red B with all his "Manny Being Manny" antics, he quit on the Red Sox. As a Dominican myself, I'm hoping he declines to play for us in the World Baseball Classic, we already have enough distractions with that dumb ass at third!

    Posted by JAYR3DSOX January 22, 09 04:08 PM
  1. Speaking of watching high mass in the monkey house, how many baseball exegetes could you fit in there or on a pinhead to assure the terminally inchoate rambling that would eventually spit out, amidst grunts and Hosannahs, such a proposition uniquely askew from all of 360 degrees of a circular view as Mr. Pierce's?
    My take: since this is a time when we all are being told to take stock of where we are on the socioeconomic plane of who needs what, and what a more just society looks like- even from baseball fans - it is time for Tek, Manny and their agent, the Prince of Darkness Boras, to join in. We need apologists for high-end EBay salesmen about as much as we need another reality show featuring Donald Trump

    Posted by bill shea January 22, 09 04:13 PM
  1. I'm sure Francona would welcome him back with open arms.

    Posted by TerryK January 22, 09 04:13 PM
  1. I guess I now understand why you work for the magazine and not the newspaper. Normally I like your POC much more than Bob Ryan, but this article is just too much. Even if you are being sarcastic, what's the point? Do ya miss writing about manny's luxury apartment in your magazine?

    Posted by Manny the Antichrist January 22, 09 04:15 PM
  1. Is Adam Dunn an option. He's listed as a free agent.

    Posted by gc January 22, 09 04:21 PM
  1. Senior sports columnist? Nah! None of the above. Retire please and let someone else take your place.

    Posted by Senior Sox January 22, 09 04:23 PM
  1. As soon as Jason Bay came to the Red Sox I forgot all about Manny.

    Posted by Maggie1 January 22, 09 04:29 PM
  1. Are you out of your flippin mind?

    Posted by Dave January 22, 09 04:39 PM
  1. Charlie, I have to say you have some balls in advocating that Manny return. You're putting your reputation on the line with this kind of absurdity, just like Mazz is with his insistent desire to see that mercenary catcher back with the Sox.

    The Sox will do just fine without those two.

    Posted by ballyale11 January 22, 09 04:42 PM
  1. I have to switch to the Herald! Awful!

    Posted by MC124445 January 22, 09 04:45 PM
  1. Wow perhaps you didnt cover the stories of Manny being Manny and the crybaby he was, and still is. When you pay somebody millions of dollars tha]ey should PLAy, and you my friend, should move to NY and cover the Yankees. Take Mazz along with you. It shouldn't take long for either of you to become SOX haters, if you arent already. Perhaps you just write this to get a reaction? Well, this is mine. Farewell, I will never waste my time reading your column or commenting on your stories again.

    Posted by dave January 22, 09 04:47 PM
  1. Mannay always was and always will be a head-case wrapped up in the best righ-handed hitter of all time.

    Sign him for a year. Winning heals all wounds.
    Let's remember, after his tantrums, whether two days or two weeks, he's pheomenal. We lived with him for 7 years.

    I love RBI machines who can hit ANYBODY (including Hamels). That means Manny. Bring him home!

    Posted by Tim Woods January 22, 09 04:50 PM
  1. And there were, of course, the usual rumors about “off-the-field problems.” It behooves us to mention here that the greatest off-the-field kerfuffle last season involved that aforementioned catcher, without whom the lava flowing down Brookline Avenue this summer will complicate traffic considerabely....
    WHAT THE HELL IS HE TALKING ABOUT

    Posted by bobbarb22 January 22, 09 04:51 PM
  1. Yes bring him back , BIG PAPI NEEDS HIM !!!!!!
    You have to put your arm around Manny and show him some love thats all he need then he will play his ass off !!!!

    Posted by pete January 22, 09 04:52 PM
  1. its not going to happen 24 out of 25 red sox players last year voted him off the team. I dont think Manny and the rest of the team can just make up like that, and an unhappy manny leads to bad baseball. Now if we could get the work hard, happy, and serious Manny the Dodgers had over the last couple months of the season i would not be able to say no to the man. I dont believe he tried in a Red Sox Uniform for several years now and it would be hard to trust him again.

    Posted by Michael Burke January 22, 09 04:53 PM
  1. HELL NO !

    Yes we wouldn't have celebrated in 2004 & 2007 without him.
    But his antics and prima donna attitude are a better match for LA, maybe even NY.
    I'd rather see them bring up a not yet ready Anderson, or sign an almost over the hill Abreu, Than have a rerun of Manny being a BUTThead. After his closing act in Boston, I had to agree with someone who I turn off the volume when he's
    announcing, Tim McCarver. I think he said Deplorable, Despicable or Disgusting, whatever "D" it was, bringing Manny back would be DUMB

    Posted by Ernie Souther January 22, 09 04:57 PM
  1. WHAT A BAG OF WIND THIS PIERCE IS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 04:58 PM
  1. Clearly a lot of passion on this one and for good reason. That anyone has the cajones to suggest this is...surprising. Personally I think what Manny did last year (being kind here) was unconscionable. But if the players were consulted and agree, and Manny demonstrates a desire and remorse, I can forgive.

    Posted by SeattleGala January 22, 09 05:00 PM
  1. I've read all the comments about Tex. Any player that can't make up his mind and defers to his utterly plain wife, will totally wilt under the NY press pressure; the both of them. If he gets off to a bad start, the posters will kill him.

    The Yanks have to get off to a great start else the in-team backbiting might kill them before they ever jell as a team. I can just see A-Rod and Tex getting into it about their domestic differences before July.

    An error by A-Rod or a bad throw to Tex. Tex bobbling a ball. It will all add up.

    Tex hasn't even seen the rivalry with the AL East. A-Rod has wilted under it. There's no reason why Tex won't also.

    Tex might hit 30 HRs, but the majority of them will be against terrible pitchers in blowout games. Big Deal.

    A-Rod is a year older and a step slower. Why should he hustle and lose more cartilege in his knees and end up like Mantle. Posada is no more than an overpriced DH. The Yanks are going to give lots of singles up the middle. They've got, what 6 outfielders for 3 positions. That should make everyone happy.

    The Yanks are already beaten before they have even started the season.

    TB had a great season, congrats. They'll not repeat it.

    Bally.

    Posted by ballyale11 January 22, 09 05:09 PM
  1. This guy doesnt even believe what hes writing... just looking for a reaction from us fans. "ooohhh look at me!!!! I'm so controversial!!!!" Please, we deserve better credit than this "joke's on you" type of writing.

    Posted by Puh-lease January 22, 09 05:10 PM
  1. would love to see him back in a sox uniform... don't mind pierce writing this as its something thats been on my mind as a "wouldnt that be nice" kind of scenario for a while. i mean, come on... admit the fact that at least for the next 1-3 years, he makes us better. now that the market has disintegrated for manny, this is the time for the red sox to re-engage and get him back for probably the same amount we would have spent if we exercised the team option for him.

    im not saying i like the guy... hes the ultimate love-him-when-hes-tearing-the-league-apart kind of player, but ive never met him either. if theo&co feel like its something they can pull off and work, i'm for it.

    Posted by swifty January 22, 09 05:12 PM
  1. Are you cracked?
    The team voted him off the island.
    He has repeatedly stated how much he hates Boston and Boston fans.
    He wants to play for the Yankees so he can beat up on the Red Sox.

    How can the Sox ownership, the Sox management, his Sox teammates and the Sox fans trust him after the antics he pulled last year. Flopping in left field. Not even swinging at a Mariano pitch during a crucial at bat. Claiming non-existent injuries.

    Is he one of the greatest hitters ever? Yes.
    Do I miss watching his talent? Yes.
    Do I want him back. No way.


    Posted by Kat January 22, 09 05:13 PM
  1. manny is the devil

    Posted by joe January 22, 09 05:13 PM
  1. HELL NO !

    Yes we wouldn't have celebrated in 2004 & 2007 without him.
    But his antics and prima donna attitude are a better match for LA, maybe even NY.
    I'd rather see them bring up a not yet ready Anderson, or sign an almost over the hill Abreu, Than have a rerun of Manny being a BUTThead. After his closing act in Boston, I had to agree with someone who I turn off the volume when he's
    announcing, Tim McCarver. I think he said Deplorable, Despicable or Disgusting, whatever "D" it was, bringing Manny back would be DUMB

    Posted by Ernie Souther January 22, 09 05:15 PM
  1. You certainly struck a chord Mr. Pierce - It appears that a lot of readers did not realize you were obviously kidding.

    Posted by Lurchmob January 22, 09 05:21 PM
  1. Charlie,
    With all due respect (and none actually intended), you've gone completely out of your mind. This has got to be the dumbest trolling job masquerading as an op/ed piece in a mainstream paper. Thanks for the laugh.

    Posted by dvaoa January 22, 09 05:27 PM
  1. The premise of this piece is ridiculous. Manny can't back. Unfortunate as it may be, he can never play for the Red Sox again. I think even his weak little mind understands this.

    Posted by Liam O'Toole January 22, 09 05:41 PM
  1. LAVA??? Inquiring minds NEED TO KNOW what you're talking about!

    Posted by Amy, Mary & Julie January 22, 09 05:47 PM
  1. I think the red sox should bring him[manny ramirez] back with character and perfomance claus on mannys contract..

    Posted by enoba January 22, 09 05:48 PM
  1. Manny was the reason we were feared. Now we're looking at a 3rd place finish. No Manny, no playoffs. Simple as that. Stop the smear campaign and bring back the best Red Sox hitter of the last 25 years. I want another World Series!

    Posted by Tommy January 22, 09 05:51 PM
  1. It's moot. The Red Sox will not sign another Scott Boras client until at least 2010.

    Posted by Ravii Vaj January 22, 09 05:52 PM
  1. What we got here is failure to communicate. Manny's not coming back thru that door - and, that's OK ... cuz, we don't want him back here causing trouble for the Sox.

    Embrace the player we have ... Jason's gonna do just fine.

    Manny should just go home, retire ... and wonder -- What If.

    It's pretty obvious no body really wants him at his current asking price. ( when you get greedy you always get burned ..... )

    Manny ... the gift that keeps on giving ............... ( remember )

    Posted by michael d smith January 22, 09 05:53 PM
  1. Go Manny...

    Bring back Manny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Manny! Manny!

    Posted by allie316 January 22, 09 06:01 PM
  1. ok, really...has no one who posted a comment so far on this article ever taken a class in writing (or the English language) in which irony or satire is discussed? like, even on a junior high level? anyone seen an episode of the simpsons? south park? saturday night live? anyone?

    if you can't read this article and not hear the satire/sarcasm dripping from every word, then you don't deserve to post comments on it (although it's also fun to take a few shots at the red sox management along the way - nice job, pierce!).

    even so, it's really hard to imagine the sox winning in 2004 or 2007 without manny. AND, do you really think that tampa bay and the immortal matt garza would have made such quick work of a lineup with manny in the middle? i'm just sayin' - don't sign the guy, if you don't like his baseball character, but don't pretend like he wasn't the biggest fastball-mashing godzilla you've ever seen in your life. his moonshots over the coke bottle were things of beauty.

    and no, that's not irony or satire - that's straight up... let's drop the revisionist history and appreciate manny for what he is/was.

    Posted by Toby January 22, 09 06:08 PM
  1. here here Mr. CP Pierce, I second your sentiment and ask why ?-I say why are you wasting your time in the journalistic jungle? You should be governor or senator or some other public type servant that doesn't have a clue.

    Posted by shark city January 22, 09 06:21 PM
  1. if this article is a joke//sarcastic, pierce, you should be ashamed. everyone knows Manny Ramirez is one of the best players ever and that Theo shouldn't have let him go... I was very disappointed to see such a fun and lively character, player, and teammate of all of my favorite Red Sox players go. And to all of you dissing Jason Varitek stop so his offensive production was low but think about his role on the team; he is the leader, the captain, he helps the pitcher of the game make it through... so i say sign TEK AND MANNY

    Posted by pro:tekandmanny January 22, 09 06:24 PM
  1. He doesn't like Boston. AND, he really doesn't like us. However, the people to ask are the team and the management. However, who knows how quickly the big baby act might return?

    Posted by DjM January 22, 09 06:25 PM
  1. I began having this conversation the moment Texiera's wife chose NY. Are you gonna tell me Manny at 60 mil doesn't match Texiera's productivity for the next 3 years? I'll take one of the 10 greatest offensive forces in the history of MLB of Jason Bay's integrity.

    The catch of course is Manny most likely has zero interest in returning to Boston and the FO is most likely way to proud (and done dealing w/Boras) to pursue Manny. But if the question is simply, "does adding the most feared hitter in MLB give the Red Sox a better chance of winning?" Well, I think even all of you screaming "hell no" and claiming that Pierce "must be high" no the answer to that question.

    MANNY AND PAPI RIDE AGAIN!!

    Posted by C$ January 22, 09 06:27 PM
  1. Someone called Manny a "cancer". Teams Manny has played on have appeared in 4 world series, winning 2, and been to a handful of LCS. When he played in Cleveland they set the record for consecutive sellouts, when he played in Fenway that record was broken. Last year in LA he was the exact opposite of a "Cancer". He revitalized a team and a fanbase. Despite the 24 out of 25 vote by the players last year, by almost all accounts Manny is a great teammate and practices his craft tirelessly.

    Manny act last year was embarressing and there is no way either side wants to revisit that relationship but Manny's career speaks for itself. He is a winner whereever he goes and while some will undoubtably dislike him b/c of his unconventional style, most fans embrace him for his uniqueness and appreciate being witness to a baseball immortal.

    Posted by C$ January 22, 09 06:39 PM
  1. What if the Yankees sign him !!!
    What happens then ?
    Oh no not another curse !

    Posted by hab January 22, 09 06:51 PM
  1. Hey, who's perfect?

    The guy is first ballot Hall of Fame. No question. He's not Clemens, he didn't cheat his way to greatness. He should be punished for what happen with the 65 year old guy. But noone files charges so there's no crime. And, as bad as it may seem, put it in perspective: I'm the only one to call in sick for work and spend the day at the beach? I mean sure say "But I don't make $20 mil a year". It's true but sometimes your mind is not in the right place to be there. as selfish as it sounds.

    So forgive the guy who's clearly a bit of an airhead. Does anyone really think he tried so little that it made any difference? 17 Home Runs in the NL for someone the pitchers haven't seen is the same as 7 in the AL.
    He's no cancer to a clubhouse but he certainly won't get the "C" on his chest for any team...
    At the right price, for a guy who'll hit .300 (+) 30 HR(+) and get on base as much as anyone, the only thing I can think of is "Where and when should they play him?"

    Posted by Jay January 22, 09 06:56 PM
  1. they will not do it !
    The management will not do it!
    the People of Boston cant and will never forgive him!

    it would be great having hin in a lineup with the pitchers we have now too

    i want anotehr W.S. and we need another BIG BAT ;or Ortiz willnot have anything to hit

    Posted by zudac5 January 22, 09 07:00 PM
  1. Are you smoking crack?

    Posted by TedRI January 22, 09 07:01 PM
  1. Give him 38 Million for the 09 season. If he appears in more than 3 games it will be a better investment than 08 father Curt.

    Posted by ManRam January 22, 09 07:07 PM
  1. All in all Manny is a GOOD player. not a great one. his attitude is not a winning one it is a selfish one. All he did was cause outside distractions for the team last year and i think the red sox do not need that again this year.

    Posted by Gilbert Portillo January 22, 09 07:15 PM
  1. Were you even around for what happened last year? he's gone, the Manny era is over for good, thank God. No offense but this article is ridiculous

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 07:27 PM
  1. Thanks for the great times Manny! Sorry to see it end on a down note - would love to have you back....but alas, it doesn't seem possible. Sign with LA and stay away from the AL East......if the Yankees sign you, they become THE dominant favorite.

    Posted by Wes January 22, 09 07:41 PM
  1. Theo would grow dreadlocks of his own before bringing that circus back to Fenway. Are we really THIS bored without Pats playoff ga

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 07:52 PM
  1. Theo would grow dreadlocks of his own before bringing that circus back to Fenway. Are we really THIS bored without Pats playoff games that we're talking about bringing that heartless sack of s**t back to the Sox.


    Posted by Josh January 22, 09 07:53 PM
  1. VOTE FOR MANNY!!!

    Posted by jim murns January 22, 09 07:54 PM
  1. Wow! 491 comments! Counting mine of course! haha I knew this column would get all the Theo lovers panties in a bunch! haha Seriously though, you've got to check out the so called "discussion" forum on this site Charlie. God help you if you breath the phrases : "Bring back Manny", "Trade Bucholtz" or "The Sox need more offense". You would think baseball fans in this town would be more critical of their teams front office. Not here, not on this site! These fans (and they are evil, mean people) will try to destroy you if you bad mouth their boy (Theo Epstein) and God help you if you even think that the team should be spending or doing more to make this club better! I am just a concerned fan, I love the Sox, with all my heart! That's why I cannot stand the chat board police on this page!

    Posted by KDOUBLE87 January 22, 09 07:59 PM
  1. Forget Manny. Why can't the Boston Sports writers write a story about how Jason Bay is going to have a terrific season this year. I don't think we are doing a good job at making this guy feel welcomed if we keep harping on the fact that we have a hole in the line-up, or that we need to bring Manny back. Such talk reflects on Bay and puts un-do pressure on him to prove himself. Let's give him our confidence!! Here we have not only a good hitter, but one helluva guy. Mark my words, Bay is going to have an awesome year and fill the "hole" nicely in our line-up. I believe this guy will hit better than Manny or Tex this year.

    Posted by Jim H. January 22, 09 08:00 PM
  1. Umm, this is the Dumbest Idea of the Year!!!

    Ortiz doesn't need Manny's support, he has a scary backup of Youk, Lowell, Drew, and JASON BAY!!! I would rather have those four than Manny alone. Manny has about a 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% chance of returning

    Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 08:08 PM
  1. Manny come home!

    Posted by Paul January 22, 09 08:29 PM
  1. I say sign him for a year or maybe two because we can really use him in the line up especially with how the AL east is going to be so competitive this year and we need a slugger in the line up to protect Ortiz. Manny would play his ass off in hopes of fixing what happened here in Boston so that he can go on to bigger and better contracts in the future. No one wants him cuz of how he acted in Boston and i know he must realize that and this could be a win win for everyone involved. Offer him something similar to what they did in LA and let him go out and redeem himself.

    Posted by timmy January 22, 09 08:31 PM
  1. Manny!

    Posted by Joneses January 22, 09 08:31 PM
  1. WHAT???? Lava flowing down brookline ave because of varitek.... What the hell is this nimrod pud reporter (Charles "the Incompetent TOOL Peirce") talking about??? No wonder they cancelled your show on nesn, You are a complete MORON.!!!!!!!!! And what the heck does "KERFUFFLE" mean??? Probably a word back in the 20's when people, including your parent's, didn't realize what a joke you are!!!! Bring manny back,, c'mon,,,, smoke some more lettuce you fossilized joke of a columnist..!!!! Sincerely, Peter A G.

    Posted by PeteG January 22, 09 08:44 PM
  1. Bring him back and pay him minimum wage and not a cent more.

    Posted by ian Hunter January 22, 09 08:54 PM
  1. Cancer has a better average

    Posted by pbi January 22, 09 09:16 PM
  1. It's hard to believe that anyone who's either played, written or watched sports for any amount of time could believe that Manny belongs on this team. After he was dumped, the Sox arguably played their best baseball of the season. What we read in the papers and saw on the field was undoubtedly just the tip of the iceberg of Manny's misdeeds in the clubhouse and elsewhere. It only goes to show how professional the remaining players are that they haven't revealed just what a cancer Manny was and would be in the clubhouse. Curt Schilling was very restrained in his comments about Manny as a teammate and still got vilified for voicing his opinion.
    I doubt the team would have been able to get Youk & Pedroia to sign had they kept the man child in town. They are the future of the Sox not a selfish, aging, one-dimensional moron.

    Posted by cemcq January 22, 09 09:28 PM
  1. I don't know what is wrong what half you people. Yes we all know Manny has a terrible attitude, does not hustle, and beats up old people. Think back to the times before all that think back when Manny was being Manny. He is a wonderful player, hall of famer, and a good teammate even though he quit on the team. Here a little fact that u all should know Manny is amazing in the playoffs that the reason why we won two championships look what happen this year without him we did terrible hitting wise, we counted on pitching to get the job done which is not the way to win. I remember all the laughs and great homeruns Manny gave us so i say let bygones be bygones.

    Posted by Ralph Materese January 22, 09 09:33 PM
  1. Let's fact it - the Red Sox need Manny. Bring Manny back!!!

    Posted by HHG January 22, 09 09:48 PM
  1. NEVER again... it is obvious nobody wants him,,, not eve the dodgers.

    Posted by marc D January 22, 09 09:53 PM
  1. Charles P. Pierce obviously dosen't respect athletic competiton. He sounds as if he played baseball it would be all about the money and nothing about the team winning games. Charles I guess you teach you children to focus on themselves and to hell with the team. I promise I will not read any Pierce articles again. Boston Globe Magazine needs writers that write excellent journals and not suffering from a need to draw attention to themselves. I can't remember if I talking about Manny or Pierce. They sound the same. Anyone wanting Manny back could not possibly have any pride or respect for the game of baseball.

    Posted by Steve Mclean January 22, 09 09:54 PM
  1. Instead of ask "why can't we just bring Manny back" to fill the Manny-sized hole in the line-up, I think we should be asking why every other team in baseball is taking a pass on him. Nuff Said.

    Posted by Chris January 22, 09 09:55 PM
  1. In a minute. Bring Back Manny!

    Posted by Pat M January 22, 09 10:13 PM
  1. Yes. M-A-N-N-Y!

    Everyone else is such a bloody bore.

    Posted by Pike January 22, 09 10:19 PM
  1. $20 million and you tank it. I cannot believe what people sink to. He would go back to doing what he was doing last year. Bay, Badelli, Drew and Ellsbury will do fine. Bring Manny back is going backwards. What's the Manny aren't the big bucks coming in. Boras wanted him bic cut , you wanted the big bucks. Forget you and Boras, And if Varitek wants a good , fair contract--- FIRE BORAS. Money grabbing, arrogant bunch of idiots

    Posted by Ted Kurek January 22, 09 10:21 PM
  1. ........yeah, and bring back George Dubya as President. too!!!! Congratulations on increasing your average hits per page by inciting such a reaction.

    Posted by Glenn Smooker January 22, 09 10:24 PM
  1. This is the stupidest article in the history of Boston media. Worse then Tomase's Spygate hype.

    Manny faked an injury to get out of a contract. Manny lied about an injury. Manny stole money from the Red Sox by faking an injury. He stole from the fans by doing so. Manny slapped every fan in the face with his behavior.

    I think it's the lowest behavior I've ever seen in the sports world (minus wife beating and murder etc). This areticle was dub.

    Posted by Beantown Bobby D January 22, 09 10:47 PM
  1. yeah lets make a trade, Manny comes back to Boston If Pierce stops writing CRAP like THIS ridiculous article.. what a waste of space.

    Posted by Shawn January 22, 09 10:57 PM
  1. deal Bay for Hanley Ramirez pick up Manny and put him in left.

    Posted by jon January 22, 09 11:08 PM
  1. I love it. He's still the best hitter in the game and we could use him! There is no fear int he Sox lineup as it is now... Manny bring a fear factor that no other hitter brings to the table. Water under the Tobin Bridge, Bring back Manny?

    Posted by Marc January 22, 09 11:12 PM
  1. If ever there was a worse idea for a column - I'd like to hear it. Desperate for content are we?

    Posted by John D'Amore January 22, 09 11:21 PM
  1. yeah, let's bring him back ONLY if he accepts $400,000 base salary + incentives and being mainly back up OF role! But JD can get injured anytime, so then try move Jason Bay to RF and Manny can chill in front of green monster again. And if he gets lazy again, we'll throw peanuts to him. lol

    Posted by money ramirez colleague January 22, 09 11:26 PM
  1. Manny is good until Manny doesn't want to be good. The Sox are so much better off without him. I can't believe someone would seriously consider doing that to Boston.

    Posted by Bobbie Champlin January 22, 09 11:39 PM
  1. I have been waiting for this idea to surface . . . I think the other guys on the team would revolt. Why would he want to come back? Where would he play? He'd want too much money. Francona would have a heart attack . . . sorry Charlie it's not happening.

    Posted by Marc January 22, 09 11:40 PM
  1. Manny only cares about Manny, why would anyone on the Red Sox want to see him back in town after the way he left? Why take a player back, who in his nochalance and lack of respect, treats left field like his own personal circus? Why take a player back who runs out ground balls whenever he feels like it, or once in a blue moon or a contract year? Why take a player back, that was kept around all these years due to his highly developed skill at hitting a baseball which is diminishing?. No thanks! I don't ever want to see Manny in a Red Sox uniform again, not even in Cooperstown. Any player who would quit on his team does not deserve to put on the REd Sox uniform.

    Posted by pete22 January 22, 09 11:51 PM
  1. I get it---this column was an IQ test! A pretty good one too: read the pro-Manny comments, which appear to have a total vocabulary of about 12 words and to have been written by Special Needs Yankee fans, Izzy Alcantara or the permanently bewildered, and the anti-Manny comments, which show a thorough understanding of ethics, group dynamics, sportsmanship, logic, history, irony, statistics, and common sense. Good work, Charles! Piaget could hardly have done better!

    Posted by Jack Marshall January 22, 09 11:55 PM
  1. we do not like him send him down to the south where the prison stripes are.
    manny whinner to much like a girl.

    Posted by red sox fan from up state ny January 23, 09 12:18 AM
  1. You will never win the world series without Manny

    Posted by NewJerseyYankee January 23, 09 12:21 AM
  1. If both Sides Agree, bring him Back . Manny just might play his ass off and if we keep winning with Manny, who CARES.

    Posted by John January 23, 09 12:34 AM
  1. Talent displayed nearly on the level of Dan Shaughnassy. Bob Ryan can still write and has an opinion or two to read, but if the Globe and the NY Times are loosing money, why not get rid of the deadweight? Mazz is OK, Benjamin is rockin' me. Get rid of the entitled hacks that waste space. Or at least try and buy back Edes with the salaries these two bozos are making!
    I will always love Manny for those 7 years but just like an ex-wife, you don't hop back in the sack after she tries to kill you out of spite!

    Posted by Rick January 23, 09 12:37 AM
  1. Must be a slow sports media day in Boston.

    Posted by Gary - Corona, CA. January 23, 09 01:19 AM
  1. lets just bring the despicable quitter back and then we can be the f-ing yankees. We can be the scum bags and have a scum bag playing for us. that would be great. lets sign Barry Bonds, and Clemens. Lets get Ben Johnson. lets get Pete rose. Lets sign all the despicable human beings we can find.

    Posted by billy13 January 23, 09 03:15 AM
  1. Charlie, I've said it before and I'll say it again. You're way too smart to be writing for this crowd.

    Posted by Greg January 23, 09 03:24 AM
  1. Yaz during his 24 seasons in a Red Sox uniform was never on the DL. Loved Manny during his tenure with the Sox. I would love to know the whole story of what happened between Manny and the Sox last season.After the 07 season Manny said he wanted to finish his career in Boston.When this trouble started last season Manny said the Sox lied to him.He showed up at camp in terrific shape as was reported in the globe.He had a hot start,his 1st in many seasons.I think he felt or possibly was told by management that they would give him a new deal.When they didn't he started his shananigans.Does anyone know the whole story

    Posted by caper2 January 23, 09 04:35 AM
  1. You can't be serious. Maybe we should have gone after Jason Giambi or coaxed Mark McGwire out of retirement. I love to see the Red Sox win but not with players who don't give a hoot about the team and continually make fools of themselves. You neglected to mention the time Manny just walked back to the dugout from the batter's box after hitting a routine ground ball. This is the guy you want on your team?

    Posted by motengator January 23, 09 05:39 AM
  1. I got the perfect solution. Can Manny play catcher?

    Posted by Todd January 23, 09 06:27 AM
  1. Wow. What an incredible waste of words. Why don't we write about how the moon is really made of cheese? Anybody who thinks this will happen or should happen knows very little about team sports and nothing about the front office of the Red Sox.

    Posted by Chris in Charlotte January 23, 09 06:59 AM
  1. Offer Manny a one year contract.

    He returns, plays hard all year, and is able to repair his reputation and then cashes in next year in the free-agent market.

    The Sox get his bat back and allow Lars to spend one final year in the minors.

    This is a real no-brainer.

    Posted by David January 23, 09 07:29 AM
  1. This is too funny! I've just spent an hour of my life reading and snickering at all these posts, and yet here I am, typing away, adding to the clamor. As President Obama said in his inauguration address, it is time to put aside childish things. As far as I can tell, the Red Sox are ahead of the curve in that regard--they wisely put Manny aside last season, and they're not about to welcome him back. Let Jason Bay and Youk take over; they did a fine job last year. It's fun to watch the Sox no matter what happens in October--they've got heart and soul, from Francona to the rotation to the batpeople and grounds crew. Win or lose, they're my team and I'm proud of them.

    Posted by Anonymous January 23, 09 07:47 AM
  1. What Drug are you on ?????????????

    Posted by Bill S January 23, 09 08:12 AM
  1. This was simply the dumbest story I have ever read. How can the Globe run nonsense like this? I continue to lose respect for what was once a great newspaper.

    Posted by W. Finley January 23, 09 08:50 AM
  1. Bring Back Manny Immediately!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by allie316 January 23, 09 09:00 AM
  1. No way, Do not Bring him back.
    He quit on the Sox more than once, he was trying to show how valuable he was.
    Really he showed how dependable he is. Every team in baseball knows he quit, that is why no team has signed him. He will not get a long term contract, he may get one year or two for 15 or 20 mil.

    Posted by MarkFrom Maine January 23, 09 09:03 AM
  1. Forget Manny. Why can't the Boston Sports writers write a story about how Jason Bay is going to have a terrific season this year. I don't think we are doing a good job at making this guy feel welcomed if we keep harping on the fact that we have a hole in the line-up, or that we need to bring Manny back. Such talk reflects on Bay and puts un-do pressure on him to prove himself. Let's give him our confidence!! Here we have not only a good hitter, but one helluva guy. Mark my words, Bay is going to have an awesome year and fill the "hole" nicely in our line-up. I believe this guy will hit better than Manny or Tex this year.

    Posted by Jim H. January 23, 09 10:03 AM
  1. Manny your my freakin hero man!!! Come back to Boston! I like this Pierce guy, he seems smart.

    Posted by Jim January 23, 09 10:05 AM
  1. It took me longer to get to the comments section than to skip this article after reading two paragraphs!
    You're pulling my leg!
    MANNY meet BARRY, say hello to SAMMY, fist pump MARK and keep PETE ROSE in your prayers (What, Scotty doesnt believe in prayers? Someone tell Varitek, Quick!)
    Manny being Manny is a steaming lump of doo-doo. Manny, can you play Manny---far away?

    Posted by Steve Ball January 23, 09 10:10 AM
  1. Yes We Can! You Boston Moralists can be sooooo annoying. Pierce..I love you. I've loved your writing forever. Manny is capable of apologies and amends and yes even humility. We've seen it. He can get the ass like eeveryone. He's a great player and he gave Boston his best for many years. Boston can forgive and Msnny can apologize. This would be the greatest sob-story comeback in baseball. Come on, you moralising New Englanders. Where's your heart?

    Posted by Bob Witkowski - born New Britain CT/Santa FeNM January 23, 09 11:12 AM
  1. He is a true Hall Of Fame hitter. Bring him back with pay based on bonuses that include being 'well-behaved' and have that money go to him in pieces thoughout the season. If he does well - on all issues - he gets paid well. If he acts up again, retain the right to let him go at management's discretion. Not sure if the MLB Players Association allows that kind of deal but Manny showed the Red Sox he will refuse to perform if he decides that is what he wants to do. But his upside with a bat in his hands makes Papi and Manny like the Babe and the Iron Horse...Legendary!

    Posted by GHSelf January 23, 09 11:24 AM
  1. The Yankees are attempting to buy a championship right now... if nothing else over the past few years we have seen our Patriots, Sox and Celtics perform to thier highest level because they were unselfish in their quest. It's more about team chemistry then anything else, you need to play as a cohesive unit, pick each other up. In the middle of a pennant race Manny quit on his teamates for more money!
    It would be morally unacceptable to hire Manny back... I think Sox management enjoy seeing that Manny is still looking for gullable team to breakup.
    We have an excellent team with the players we have...PLAY BALL!

    Posted by Mike Titus January 23, 09 12:02 PM
  1. The fact of the matter is the Red Sox were never more successful than they were with Manny. Maybe Manny wasn't happy because fans like in this blog were riding him all day long. The truth of the matter is Manny wouldn't even want to come back to Boston. The team and the fans blew it. Nothing like running the greatest hitter since The Splendid Splinter out of town! Classic Boston!

    Posted by Mike Andreadakis January 23, 09 12:19 PM
  1. Pierce, are you out of your freaking mind? Haven't you been paying attention these past 8 years? Are you some sort of pot-smoking airhead with no grasp on the concept of team chemistry? Can't you see an unethical, self-centered creep when he is standing right in front of you?

    Let me put it this way: you can put both Manny and Roger Clemens in a Saturn V rocket and launch both of them to Uranus, where they both belong. The Sox can find someone else to fill that hole you speak about. Manny is unsigned because the markeplace has determined that what he pulled last year was the act of a truly despicable man. Forgiveness? NO! He deliberately set out to tank this organization and flipped off the fanbase. He can go to hell....right along with your though process on this one!

    Posted by Petey G., aka "Sofachi" January 23, 09 12:39 PM
  1. No thanks for a Manny return we have endured enough of Manny being Manny. The Sox are better off without him. We are heading into a season with a much improved Division. Team has to be focused on and off the field. Thanks for the memories and take your act somewhere else. Funny thing if he conducted himself like a real professional he may have been making what he wanted in a Sox uniform. Hope he gets what's coming to him and nobody signs him.

    Posted by Soxfan4 January 23, 09 12:41 PM
  1. I say bring him back, although it is a solid lineup, its hardly playoff worthy let alone world series worthy. Especially with the yankees stacked team and Ray's young guns ahead of them, I think it would be a miracle to finish higher then third this year without bolstering their lineup

    Posted by nate January 23, 09 01:20 PM
  1. I say bring him back, although it is a solid lineup, its hardly playoff worthy let alone world series worthy. Especially with the yankees stacked team and Ray's young guns ahead of them, I think it would be a miracle to finish higher then third this year without bolstering their lineup

    Posted by nate January 23, 09 01:20 PM
  1. I'm a Huge Manny/Red Sox Fan....and i'm not going to Lie, I hated the way Manny shipped his way out of Boston, a City that always loved him even through all his Manny been Manny Bullsh*t. But I also recognize that we need a Big Bat...

    So I Have a Question for all my Redsox Nation Brothers & Sisters. What's More Important to Us, Our EGO? or Watching the Yankees Come Up Short on Another Tittle? (Specially after the offseason Spending). Watching the Yankees lose is always a Win For Us. I'm a Huge Believer that the Team we have now is Good enough to win it All...But With Manny Back in our Lineup the Yankees don't stand a chance. Off Course Manny would have to make a Public Apology to all of the Redsox Nation. but i'll gladly have him hitting 4th in our lineup (and Trade away JD Drew who unpurposely take's himself out of the lineup every year anyways).

    Posted by Johanson January 23, 09 01:28 PM
  1. No doubt in my mind that if Manny is brought back and he actually tries to play, the Sox are an improved team. Same would have been true last season if Manny had tried to play, But he didn't. So bring him back or not, I still intend to boo him at every chance. I was a big Manny fan but no more. Manny wasn't a cancer, he was a quitter. Booooo Manny!

    Posted by Mulcogi Seng January 23, 09 01:30 PM
  1. very well written piece, but are you out of your effing mind?!

    Posted by Dave January 23, 09 01:45 PM
  1. That is the dumbest thing i have ever heard, i think u have been drinking!!! How could u trust that @#$%^& when he quit in use before, what about the three straight pitches he took against the Yankees? u want more of the crap!! F%^&* MANNY!!

    Posted by krisfarley January 23, 09 02:18 PM
  1. Bring him back. They need him hitting behind Ortiz. Give him the big money but make it all incentive based. I think that with the total lack of interest in him the Sox could have the leverage to pull that off. Sure Manny's a flake, but I blame management. They need to keep everyone happy, productive, and working together. Come on - would you let your best salesman walk? They gave up on him.

    Posted by dski76@gmail.com January 23, 09 02:50 PM
  1. No thank you!

    Posted by Jen January 23, 09 03:21 PM
  1. To heck with all of this. Bring back Manny on a $1 contract with $25MM in performance bonuses.

    Amount Performance Amt/Perform
    Games $5,000,000 162 $30,864 Min 6 innings or 3 AB
    HR $5,000,000 40 $125,000
    RBI $5,000,000 120 $41,667
    Runs $5,000,000 100 $50,000
    Avg $5,000,000 0.320
    $4,000,000 .320 - .310
    $3,000,000 .310 - .300
    $2,000,000 .300 - .290
    $1,000,000 .290 - .280
    $0

    Posted by Anonymous January 23, 09 03:51 PM
  1. Manny bashers...you're all a bunch of mental midgets, sore losers, and just plain hateful people. Bring back Manny! I am so all for that. You all embraced Randy Moss when he came to play for the Patriots. NO ONE had a worse reputation for being "a distraction" than he did. Hypocritical bunch of S.O.B.'s. MANNY, MANNY, MANNY!

    Posted by ELCCPA24 January 23, 09 03:52 PM
  1. Maggie1

    Jason Bay? Who's Jason Bay?

    Posted by elccpa24 January 23, 09 03:57 PM
  1. Wiseguy

    You're an idiot!

    Posted by elccpa24 January 23, 09 04:02 PM
  1. Never thought i'd say it,but lets sign him again-it's his crazy aura that gets only stronger in the playoffs. He's worth the risk and besides think of how great the movie would be-MAN RAM directed by Spike Lee starring Denzel Washington.

    Posted by Marco McCrea January 23, 09 04:21 PM
  1. People are crazy for not wanting his bat back, he's one of the few hitters in the league that every team is afraid of because he can turn on any pitch and make it hurt. With him in the line up Ortiz gets protection so people are gonna pitch to him. Ortiz has no protection and the best 3-4 combo in baseball is no longer together. Ortiz's numbers are going to plummet, coincidence? I think not, have fun blaming it on his wrist or his knees or whatever. While they're a factor (which they are) people will be pitching around him too. Youk is not a clean up hitter and doesn't offer the protection that Manny does, a good number 2 or 5 -6 guy yeah. But Youk just had a career year where his numbers were similar to Tex's for one season. People need to realize that he isn't going to produce anywhere near Manny like numbers or even have the same season he had this year, hello Mike Lowell.. remember him? I say give Manny the money but like it has been said before me, make most of it incentive based. We are a better team with him and a worse team without him. People can't honestly say that we missed his bat in the playoffs last year. With him we could have won back to back World series. But hey, this is Boston for you... bunch of people who will blindly follow the Red Sox front office. But that's another story. I say bring back Manny!

    Posted by Joey Lussier January 23, 09 06:49 PM
  1. Spoken like a true New Yorker. I'd rather lose than play the game with the likes of
    this guy. Let's bring back Billy Martin, too. At least he'd stand up for his team mates!

    Posted by Michael Millard January 23, 09 07:11 PM
  1. speechless...........

    would it make sense to sign a gifted hitter who can dominate on any given day just by trying.....sure....but you are talking about Manny, we all loved him and hated him at the same time because of what he is, a great hitter when he wants to be.

    I will take my chances this year without Manny and be in a far better position both financially and morally even if we don't win it all.

    Yes....we can do it without Manny.

    Posted by Christopher Vitto January 23, 09 11:05 PM
  1. Are u freakin crazy. Manny, thanks b/ no thanks. He's not to be trusted, a selfish child he is. Think about it sox paid to chase him out of Boston, he may be a great hitter b/ he's a cancer & once given a contract God help that team. He s/ have been made to retire after stunt in Boston & z millions owed to him s/ haVe went to charity not another ball club only to watch him show off & prove what a lier & cancer he is w/ "not happy"....yep good-by Manny.

    Posted by Elaino January 23, 09 11:26 PM
  1. No other team wants him in all of baseball so the team that tossed him out and lost 7 million dollars should take him back? Your "I want to take him back." battered sports fan syndrome is exclusive to you.

    You might want to follow a few games Mr. Pierce before you sit down and write something this stupid. Better still, find a good S & M club.

    Posted by Conig25 January 24, 09 04:56 AM
  1. I see that time may heal all wounds, but it never cures hypocrisy. All of the same Manny-haters sat in front of their TVs on Oct 27, 2004 with tears in their eyes, and touching the screen when Manny was shown holding the WS MVP award.........face it, Manny isn't the problem here, its Boras. Don't believe me? Look at Tex and Tek? whats the common factor? BORAS. wake up, people. the 17.5% of the Globe ownership is only going to report what they want you to hear. you have to be able to out the obvious stuff together on your own.

    Posted by Chris in MetroWest January 24, 09 06:11 AM
  1. BRING MANNY BACK!! MY GAWD YOU DUMB SAWX MORALIZERS MAKE ME WANT TO PUKE. EVER HEAR OF FORGIVENESS? IF MANNY COULD APOLOGIZE AND MAKE THE AMENDS...IE PROMISE TO CHANGE HIS BEHAVIOR...COULD YOU NOT FIND IT IN YOUR HEARTS TO GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE? DO YOU NOT THINK THAT ORTIZ AND VARITEK AND OTHERS COULD TAKE CARE OF HIM? HMMMMMM? AND WHAT A GREAT SPORTS STORY THAT WOULD MAKE. DON'T WE JUST LOVE EMOTIONAL COME BACKS? WHAT'S WITH YOU STINKING JUDGMENTAL MORONS?

    Posted by hellcat January 24, 09 10:55 AM
  1. You're a JACKASS and only wrote this garbage for emotional responses which you've accomplished. The Boston Red Sox would be the laughing stock of MLB if that happened. I would take Manny back only if you paid him Kevin Cash money. Where the hell were you in 2008, in a crack house? Idiot journalists

    Posted by Allan Beane January 24, 09 12:45 PM
  1. You're a JACKASS and only wrote this garbage for emotional responses which you've accomplished. The Boston Red Sox would be the laughing stock of MLB if that happened. I would take Manny back only if you paid him Kevin Cash money. Where the hell were you in 2008, in a crack house? Idiot journalists

    Posted by Allan Beane January 24, 09 12:45 PM
  1. Boy, am I sick of the Manny Cult saying that Ramirez won two Championships. So did Ortiz, Varitek, Timlin, Cora, Mirabelli and Wakefield. And about 35 other players had key roles in those championships. Would the Sox have won both championships without Schilling? Foulke? The Sox swept in 2004 and 2007---are these clowns really suggesting that the Sox would have LOST without Manny? Ridiculous. Give him his due for being a part of some good teams, but the Sox have had better teams before him, and will have better teams after him.

    And I am truly nauseated at the suggestion that the media and management "ran Manny out of town." The guy tanked, refused to play, loafed, sulked, and assaulted an employee. If he wasn't such a star, he would have been fired, released, fined, suspended. The fans, media and management want to win...why would they run a great hitter out of town, unless his conduct crossed all lines of professionalism, sportsmanship, and team play? And it did. The Mannyphiles are truly deluded...heaven knows how they function in a real world of obligations, trust and consequences.

    Posted by Jack Marshall January 24, 09 01:08 PM
  1. If you bring back a player who gave the finger to his teammates and to the management that dealt with him in good faith, what kind of example are you setting for the young baseball fans all over America. Let him sit out or take a lesser contract with some struggling team and then he and Boras can talk about Texeira over lunch.

    Posted by Ron January 24, 09 01:43 PM
  1. There are good arguements for both sides. You have to look at the basic facts, he was a vital part in bringing Boston their first world championship in 86 years! He is a future first ballot hall of famer. He sometimes has a bad attitude, yes, but the man is nasty in the middle of that lineup, and you know that Papi misses him dearly. Bring him back and we win the world series once again, if we don't it's still possible, but will be much tougher. I don't think he will be back, but if he did come back, is it fair to the rest of his teamates? The fact that he needs to be babied? As a fan why should we care? All we should care about is winning and beating the damn Yankees!

    Posted by Jesse January 24, 09 05:24 PM
  1. Bring Back Manny.

    then finally life will be interesting again

    you know he wants to come back
    just offer 1 year 20 mill
    he will take it


    Posted by JSH January 24, 09 07:55 PM
  1. where would he play?

    If we needed another DH I'd say yes but we don't

    Posted by Ferd January 24, 09 09:41 PM
  1. What a stupid article, and even stupider comments from those who want to bring Manny back. It doesn't matter if the Sox can forget and move forward or want him back. I doubt BorASS would even allow his client to consider going back to the Sox, since I can't see the Sox offering $20M+, which is still less than what the Dodgers offered. I say, if the Sox are going to loose, I would rather see them loose as a team, with the young kids playing their butts off, rather than seeing them loose b/c of quitting on the team or causing team idea vanish due to one player's selfish attitude.

    Posted by Peter Griffin January 24, 09 10:19 PM
  1. If I may, please recall the first time you saw Manny sprint down the 1st base line wearing #99. I said out loud, look at that son of a b- run, wow can he move...And at that moment, I decide this guy was a flat out bum. He owes Boston money. He stole money from the Sox and the fans. He did not go out perform to expectations. I have to everyday I put on my boots. If I dont, I suck.
    This guy would second guess God. There is NO NEED to have him in the Hub' He is a cancer and a crook. Yeah he can play, When he wants...let Manny find his money under somebody elses sofa cushions'

    Posted by Jimmy Akins January 25, 09 06:57 AM
  1. When you grow up and buy your own ball club you can sign all the quitters and locker room cancers you want. There's a reason Manny's still available. Nobody trusts him to put in a 100% effort after he's banked the money. I'd rather the team go another 100 years without a championship than lower themselves to sign a puke like him.

    Posted by GlenR January 25, 09 10:24 AM
  1. That man is out of his mind. Manny doesn't want to be in Boston; he asked for a trade every year for the last 5 of his contract, and he quit on the team right when the playoff push was starting. He's a great hitter, but the Red Sox are much better off without him. Jason Bay is solid and he actually tries all the time. Let Manny be Manny somewhere else; then it's their soap opera. Thanks for the two titles, Manny, but see ya later; good riddance.

    Posted by Anonymous January 25, 09 11:00 AM
  1. i can sum it all up by saying that by far is the stupidest most idiotic article i have ever read. You win the putz iler award for writing. There are so many people out of work you should be one of them for writing about a moron who will be forever remembered as a quitter. That article is replacing my new york yankee toilet paper.

    Posted by mike d January 25, 09 12:54 PM
  1. well its not really a comment but how can we, the out of state members of redsox nation, get ot? is there a mail subscription?

    Posted by stephen chase January 25, 09 01:35 PM
  1. POISON WITH A BAT IN HIS HAND!!

    Posted by Jeff Myslinski January 25, 09 02:11 PM
  1. What would make anyone think that the Sox would even consider this? They had Manny locked in for the next two years at 20 mil per if they wanted him. They decided Manny was no longer a good fit here in Boston. They still do not want him, that has not changed. Sox are now poised with room in their budget and a farm system that is above average, to land a big bat when one may become available though trade. Matt Holiday could be available at mid season. There may be some others if the economic picture continues to decline and teams need to shed Payroll, and they are out of contention...Relax, Theo and company have a master plan. And for what it's worth, congrats to Charlie Pierce on this column. He takes the "Moron" out of Oxymoron.!!!!

    Posted by Drifing Foul January 25, 09 02:58 PM
  1. Look lets be realistic Manny is not coming back and managment does not want him back. So take the crow meal off the table. Let him and Scott Boras go else where. The two of them deserve each other both are scum bags. If they sign him half the clubhouse will leave. We do not need Manny WAH WAH in Boston.

    Posted by Anonymous January 25, 09 06:45 PM
  1. Look lets be realistic Manny is not coming back and managment does not want him back. So take the crow meal off the table. Let him and Scott Boras go else where. The two of them deserve each other both are scum bags. If they sign him half the clubhouse will leave. We do not need Manny WAH WAH in Boston.

    Posted by Tom Delaney January 25, 09 06:47 PM
  1. Look lets be realistic Manny is not coming back and managment does not want him back. So take the crow meal off the table. Let him and Scott Boras go else where. The two of them deserve each other both are scum bags. If they sign him half the clubhouse will leave. We do not need Manny WAH WAH in Boston.

    Posted by Tom Delaney January 25, 09 06:47 PM
  1. Look lets be realistic Manny is not coming back and managment does not want him back. So take the crow meal off the table. Let him and Scott Boras go else where. The two of them deserve each other both are scum bags. If they sign him half the clubhouse will leave. We do not need Manny WAH WAH in Boston.

    Posted by Tom Delaney January 25, 09 06:47 PM
  1. Could not agree more. The match is strong. We dont need Manny for regular season...we need him for the post-season. He is unique and always has been. He hits good pitching and very few players do. I remember him hammering Pedro in the Playoffs in Pedro's prime.

    This Clubhouse is strong enough to deal with Manny distraction.

    Given the mixed reception on the open market...Manny likely would appreciate the Sox in a new way

    Posted by Clay January 25, 09 07:36 PM
  1. This column was a joke right ?

    Posted by John January 26, 09 09:14 AM
  1. I agree completely. We lost Game 7 only because we didn't have him.
    Bring back Manny!

    Posted by Ghaarhiaal January 26, 09 09:23 AM
  1. I always defended Manny to my friends whether they were Sox fans or not. However, after what i saw in the yankees series with him complaining about a non existent injury and then put in the game against rivera and not even take the bat off his shoulder...that was IT! Is he the greatest right handed hitter out there? YES. is he the most self absorbed player to walk on the diamond? Barring A-rod probably. However, he wasnt willing to do his job in an organization that pays him more money than most of the league when we needed him. He didnt seem happy in Boston so, WHY OH WHY would we ask him to come back.

    Posted by temos January 26, 09 12:40 PM
  1. I can see the newspapers now

    THE MANNY PLAGUE RETURNS! THOUSANDS DEAD!!

    Posted by bob January 26, 09 05:51 PM
  1. I like the idea of a major incentive contract only if the other teammates agree that he could come back. Give him 1 year plus 3- 1 year options by the red sox starting at 2 million per year plus 5 million to make playoffs ,5 million for world series, and 5 million if you win the world series. Only if the teammates agree and he makes apology to Boston for what happened. Also if he has 1 incident he ends his career without pay.

    Posted by Anonymous January 26, 09 10:10 PM
  1. Although I liked Manny in Dodger Blue , I think it would only be right that he retire a Red Sox. Of couse, it will never happen. But then again, last summer never should have happened, either. Manny was the heart of the Red Sox. It's sad that he's gone from there, and I think less of the team now that he is.

    Posted by Sherri January 27, 09 02:36 AM
  1. I still can't believe the people who insist they are the smartest fans in baseball (lol) think a guy with a .976 OPS his last month in town quit on the team.
    You fools were played by the front office.
    Manny's attitude didn't change last Summer. Yours did.

    Posted by Berto January 27, 09 05:05 AM
  1. Now that they have drug testing for players, I think the next step is drug testing for columnisits and sports writers. This article is childish and stupid at best crack induced at worst.

    Posted by Redleg January 27, 09 06:44 AM
  1. frankly i'm disappointed in an ignorant fan base and front office full of too much indignation and short-sightedness to not realize that bringing manny back is the best baseball decision. someone here or elsewhere argued something like "i'd rather have jason bay's character playing left field...it's not worth having manny for 2 or 3 extra wins a year". that's bullcrap. first, isn't the idea to win? even 2 or 3 extra games? second, how many games did we lose the division by last year?

    Posted by voice of reason January 27, 09 09:06 AM
  1. Agree 100%, I believe the Sox instead of trading him and giving into his demands should have put tighter restrictions on him and knocked him down a few levels. He is a threat in the line up like no other and we traded him off because of his behavior. Instead we should have thrown him into counseling or something like that to keep his ego in check...but when your hitting as great as him wouldn't you have an ego as well?

    Posted by Randy January 27, 09 12:36 PM
  1. Charlie, love your writing! And I do believe this column was totally "tongue in cheek."

    Posted by CS from VA January 27, 09 03:03 PM
  1. Mulcogi Seng

    That doesn't sound like a good ole Irish name to me. Are you sure you're allowed to live in Boston? Who cares if you would boo Manny or not.

    Posted by elccpa24 January 27, 09 03:40 PM
  1. SINCE WHEN HAS SOMEONE BEEN PAYING YOU TO MAKE SUCKISH ARTICLES!!!!! JASON BAY IS TEN TIMES A BETTER PLAYER AND TEAMMATE TO PLAY WITH THIS IS BY FAR THE WORST ARTICLE IN BOSTON .COM I HAVE EVER SEEN. HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE IT SHOWS THE EFFECTS ON SOMEONE IF THEY DO!!!!!!!

    !#@!$#@%$#%^$@^%$@^$%@^!^%$^&&%^%^&$@@%~!#$%@^&#%**(^&*

    Posted by jacob 234 January 27, 09 04:06 PM
  1. Manny ... Manny .... Manny!!! Come on back and get another ring!

    Posted by Big Red Sox January 28, 09 06:36 PM
  1. obviously we need a bat to combat the yankees lineup but i would prefer taking a shot at adam dunn rather then put up with all the baggage manny brings with him.dunn is younger and the only knock on him is his strike outs....but i doubt he'd watch three beauties go down the middle of the plate to prove some sort of misguided point.

    Posted by mike reeves January 29, 09 03:07 PM
  1. MANNY IS THE RED SOX GREATEST PLAYER IN THE LAST 80years.

    HE GAVE WHAT, R.CLEMENS, TED, JERRY, MO VAUGHN, AND OTHER "GREAT CHARACTERS."

    Posted by Silvano Radke January 29, 09 04:35 PM
  1. I'm stunned. Well written, but, are you serious? when you have guys like Pedey, Jacoby, etc? you want Manny back? he doesn't want US anymore.
    no, he didn't "sneak out in a gorilla suit..." no, instead, he had tantrums, pushed an old man like a bitch, intentionally dogged it....pretty much stomped his feet and held his breath till we let him go...ran down lansdowne flipping the bird.
    you're out of your mind.

    Posted by g January 30, 09 12:15 AM
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