Even though I've tried to avoid the 2008 version of Manny Being Unhappy has finally found it's way into my wheelhouse.
I've always taken the position that I was fine with Manny and his Jackass-esque antics at time were just part of the package. To be honest, 99% if the time the stuff he does doesn't bother me at all; going into the Monster, high fiving the fan in the outfield, and making Lucy the Peanuts character look like a Gold Glover most days is funny.
Not running out ground balls, taking time off for sick relatives, and ill timed shots at management? Not quite as amusing. But I deal with it because he's STILL one of the most dangerous hitters I've ever seen, 36 years old or not. Plus I'm raising a mini-Manny of my own in Rakes, and I have some personal understanding of an independent personality; sometimes you've just gotta let them be themselves.
So with all the "Will Manny get traded?" talk and the media in hyperdrive with this latest installment of insanity we've heard a lot of comments from reporters, broadcasters, and fans about Manny being traded. Most I've heard say it's time to cut the cord and just get rid of him; apparently there are a lot of folks fed up with Manny being Manny and want to see a change.
Can I just ask one question?
For WHO? Who is going to protect Papi in the lineup and make opposing pitchers wish they were ANYWHERE than on the mound pitching to Manny with 2 on, 0 out and that maniac standing in the batters box? Better yet, what team is going to be willing to give up equal talent AND have to deal with Circus de Manny for the rest of the year?
For all his "eccentricities" Manny is still a bad man win it comes to the plate; take tonight for example. With all the hoopla swirling around him the past week, in a nationally televised game against their most bitter rival, Manny is 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and a running catch deep in the corner to get out of an inning.
Until somebody can prove to me that whoever would replace Manny would be better than him, I'll take a few trips down Insanity Lane all day long.
At least I know what I'm getting with the status quo.
Sometimes Manny being Manny is just fine with me.