Thursday, November 30, 2006

My Name Is Manny Ramirez (But You Can Call Me Moses)

Murray Chass, the baseball beat writer for the New York Times who makes people like Bill Plaschke weep in awe (who doesn't, though), has a nice piece in the NYT today about the many teams in the hunt for Manny Ramirez (registration required) (Chass lists the Mets, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Phillies, Rangers, and Orioles). The very mention of the Mets in the chase has to make Dodgers fans smile, as the math would have you believe the Mets are willing to jettison former Dodger Shawn Green to accommodate a Ramirez signing.

Chass describes how Ortiz would be "naked" in the Red Sox lineup without Manny (as an aside, the thought of Big Papi naked was enough to make me lose my morning appetite), and could walk 250 more times next year without Ramirez after him. And we've already heard about the long list of prospects the Red Sox would want in return for Ramirez. So why are the Dodgers even in the hunt? Consider these quotes:

“Why would you get rid of Manny if you want to win?” one executive said.

“He’s the guy who will lead you to the promised land,” another one said.

Wouldn't it be ironic if, as cards start to fall, another "very spiritual" person ended up squandering his opportunity to go to the promised land with Manny?