Driving home from work tonight I was listening to a spirited discussion between the host(can't remember his name) and a gruff old school Red Sox fan about Billy Buckner and Manny Ramirez.
Without boring you with the details, it basically boiled down to this; the host said in 15 years when the 2004 Red Sox team comes to Fenway to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that life changing World Series win that Manny would get cheered just like Buckner did on April 8, 2008 when he threw out the first pitch of the new season. The old dude, in so many words, told him he was off his rocker and 10 minutes of idiotic arguing later it got me thinking.
We shower Pedro and Trot with standing ovations on one hand and throw dollar bills at Johnny Damon for taking the Evil Empire's money and bolting to New York; which just makes me wonder.
What in the world is going to happen when a guy who quit on his team, demanded a trade every 3 days and got into a fight with his teamate in the dugout yet helped his team win 2 World Championships while pointing, laughing, and high fiving fans in the outfield the whole way?
This year? He gets bood out of the park; in fact, I'm gonna say for the next several years he's not exactly going to get welcomed back with open arms. 15 years from now? I got no clue.
I can say this with almost 100% certainty. It won't make me ALMOST tear up like Billy did.