Thursday, October 18, 2007

Beckett Or Bust!

Among the Manny rumblings echoing all around Red Sox Nation, the unmistakable fact still's Beckett or bust time tonight for the Boston Red Sox as they play game 5 of the American League Championship Series. He'll be opposed by the Cleveland ace CC Sabathia, who was wild and hittable last time. There was a media report yesterday that Beckett's back was bothering him and that if he was chosen to pitch game 4 on Tuesday, he would have been unable to. We have to hope that report was greatly exagerated, and John Farrell, the pitching coach, downplayed it but would not be specific. We'll find out in about 14 hours, won't we? He'll be FINE.

Now, on to Mr. Ramirez. I'll paste what he said, and then give my opinion as to why those comments caused such a furor, and why they shouldn't have.....

"We've been in this situation before," Ramirez said. "The other side, they're playing great, they're pitching the way they should and they're coming through with big hits. What can you do, man? You just think about [tonight]. You come and play hard and it's not over yet.
"We're not going to give up. We're going to play the game and move on. If it doesn't happen, who cares? There's always next year. It's not like it's the end of the world."

Peter here, and Manny is WON'T BE the end of the world. It's been a great season, and we all are proud of our team. But I have every intention of watching the Sox, our Sox, win tonight, and win BIG. And so does Manny. The poets and the pundits of the media can go to hell for making a mountain out of not even a molehill. Manny cares. We care. Bigtime. He was talking to a reporter when he said those words, and that's when the "Manny being Manny" persona comes to the forefront. We all know how hard he's worked to get his oblique healthy, and his postseason numbers, along with Big Papi's, have been unbelievable.

Click on the title of this post for the Globe's Gordon Edes look at tonight's game. and at the state of the Sox. It's called "Survival Test." It's just another game? No, it's not, but it's a game the Red Sox will win!


At 10/18/2007 7:23 AM, Blogger Ian said...

I have the utmost confidence in Beckett that he will send this back to Boston for a game 6 with Big Game Schilling

At 10/18/2007 12:25 PM, Blogger Suldog said...

It's precisely because of an attitude like Manny's that this team was able to come back in '04 and has a chance to do so this year as well. You have to play loose not to lose.

At 10/18/2007 3:30 PM, Blogger soxnationgirl said...

I am amazed that people interpret Manny's statement as meaning he does not care. The guy is batting like .460. Don'cha think he is trying a little bit here?

I find it hysterical. The guy hasn't talked to the press all year, and finally he has something to say and it's a big drama.

Manny, show them how much you care with your bat, buddy.

I'm Keeping the faith, Peter!!

At 10/18/2007 4:35 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thanks Ian, Sul and SNG....I agree so much. And now the Yankees make such a boneheaded move, it baffles my brain. And sometimes, that takes a lot (or a little).

At 10/18/2007 8:20 PM, Blogger Gerry said...

The columnists and headline writers got real lazy on the Manny story.
No wonder the guy doesn't want to talk. And I don't blame him!

At 10/19/2007 7:22 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Gerry, neither do I. And now, on this Friday morning, there is so much to be happy about. Josh is the best there is right now, but he can't try to pull a Lonnie (1967) and pitch on 2 days rest. These are modern times...but if Schill can have 6 innings of "Schill" in him, and the bullpen takes care, we might be looking at a Sunday game with (gulp!) Daisuke. If so, the bullpen would be endless. Thanks for the comment.


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