This may be one of the best pictures of Manny I've ever seen. He does this all the time between pitches and I've yet to figure out why. Is he stretching his eye lids? Contact trouble? Realization that George Jetson is a fictional character? I have no clue, but it cracks me up every time.
2 days removed from getting into a slap-fight with Youkilis over the bearded one's penchant for throwing his helmet and abusing the water cooler, Manny was back in the lineup and wreaking his usual havoc.
He tied the great Eddie Murray for 23rd on the all-time Home Run list in the first inning of an 11-3 waxing of the Mariners at Fenway today. Day in, day out, Manny just goes about his business of becoming one of the greatest right handed hitters in the history of the game, while giving everyone who has the privilege of watching him on a daily basis at least a smile every time.
One day he'll be retired down in the Dominican Republic, relaxing with his kids and living the good life. And all we'll be left with is video, memories, and stories we'll tell our Grandkids about this long haired hitting savant who helped change the face, and destiny, of a franchise. Enjoy him while you can, 'cause he'll be gone before we know it.
For all the Manny being Manny stuff, I actually like the fact he was willing to get in Youk's face and tell him to dial it down a notch; I imagine for most guys on a first place team, seeing your first baseman pitching a hissy fit after a bad a/b when you are WINNING the game doesn't sit well. Good for him for being a veteran voice when something needed to be said.
Manny being responsible?
Who woulda thunk it?