He looks like the guy who brings you your mail or changes your oil or bags your groceries at the local Piggly Wiggly. He most definitely doesn't look like the guy who played LF the past 8 years at Fenway; no dreads, no baggy pants, and apparently he only has to shave once a week.
However, the Red Sox win 2-1 and guess who scored both of the winning teams runs? Jason "I can't be Manny Ramirez" Bay. First one came on a walk in the second, and the last one came after a triple he hit, followed by a Jed Lowrie bang-bang play at first that resulted in Young Jed being safe and Bay running home while "Dirty Water" blared in the background.
Not a bad way to start your gig in the pressure cooker known as Boston. Now, if the media would just leave the guy alone and let him be Jason Bay, we should be OK. Although I'm betting CHB will have a nasty column about how he'll never make it in Boston and we never should have traded Manny, complete with a chart and a pie graph showing how many times Ortiz struck out with Manny sitting on the bench.
Live well and prosper, Manuel. I hope you find that peace you're searching for.
Long live the Jason Bay era.
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