Saturday, October 06, 2007

Manny Being Manny

"I haven't been right all year. When you don't feel good and you still get hits, that's how you know you're a bad man." - Manny Ramirez

What a sick night of baseball. After the Indians got help from a swarm of midge flies to finally crack the concentration of Yankee's lights out setup man Joba Chamberlain and Cleveland manufactured a walk off win, the Sox conjured up their own dramatic finish at Fenway. As soon as the Angels began to intentionally walk David Ortiz in the bottom of the 9th, Fenway was standing room only, chanting "MANNY! MANNY! MANNY!" while Ortiz was still at the plate with Manny standing in the on deck circle. Manny delivered with a bomb off K-rod that landed about 750 ft away on the other side of the Mass Pike, sending Fenway into a frenzy.

The Sox walk off win was preceded up by JD "I've been on fire ever since that doucheball at Capital Grille thought Kid Dynamite was me" Drew's 2 RBI single in the first, and a tremendous assist from 17 year old fan Danny Vinik.

Vinik barehanded a Manny Ramirez foul ball that Angel's catcher Jeff Mathis was extending over the photographer's box to grab, giving Manny a second chance, and eventually resulting in a walk for Manny and a sac fly by Mike Lowell to tie the game. And before all you ignorant BoSox haters start piping up - Vinik's play was 100% legal, since he did not reach into the field of play. If the kid's name sounds familiar, it's because his dad, Jeffrey Vinik, was the former head of Fidelity's flagship Magellan mutual fund, and is now a limited partner in the Red Sox.

I hate the whole Actober campaign, but October baseball is living up to the hype.

Go Sox!


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