The Manny Diaries

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The Manny Diaries

By: Rich Levine
CSNNE.com

Theres plenty of time to talk Celtics later in the week, so today were stepping away from the norm with a very special guest:

Manny Ramirez.

As you probably heard, Manny retired from baseball this weekend after 18 seasons, 2500 hits, 550 home runs, and now three positive drug tests.

You can say hes walking away. You say hes being forced out. But whatever it is, Mannys just not playing anymore, and suddenly has a ton of time on his hands

Which is probably why he contacted our office about writing a running diary for Sunday nights Red SoxYankees game.

Of course, we obliged.

The Manny Diaries: Red Sox vs. Yankees
Date: April 10, 2011
Time: 8 pm
Location: Parts Unknown

8 pm: Hey, everybody its Manny!

We're here for the best rivalry in baseball. Red Sox vs. Yankees. Josh Beckett vs. CC Sabathia. Manny vs. Manny. It's on.

And this is my diary, so let's start diarrheaing. (Is that how you say it?.)

8:03: First pitch at 8 pm? Not on Mannys TV. Ugh. Cant stand when people are late.

8:13: Top 1st: And were off! Brett Gardner goes down swinging, and that brings up Derek Jeter. Hes really struggling, huh? Its a shame when these players stop taking care of their bodies, man. I could never let that happen. Mannys actually stronger today than he was when he was 25! Good genes, I guess.

8:15: Easy first inning for Beckett. Hes bringing the heat! And you know hes feeling good when hes throwing the curveball.

Speaking of curveballs, how about this: Mannys not wearing any pants.

8:17: Bottom 1st: Tito rolls out his seventh different batting order of the season, and I guess this is a big deal? Not if you ask me. I never even knew my spot in the order, man. Just used to wait for someone to yell, Manny!? Youre on deck! Then I wake up and get to work. Nothing else mattered. Bunch of prima donnas these days.

8:25: I forgot how mean they can be at Fenway, man. Booing Youk?! He just got a hit, too. Oh well. 0-0, after one inning.

8:31: Stat from ESPN: Of the 50 players on active rosters for this game, 30 have appeared in at least one All-Star Game. One all-star game? Ha. How easy is it to come up with only one excuse for not playing?

8:41: Bottom 2nd: The announcer just said that Mike Cameron will be in the lineup against tough lefties. Haha! These guys are funny!

8:44: Over the last 10 years, the Red Sox have spent 285M to upgrade Fenway Park and 160M to upgrade Manny!

Speaking of contracts, man. You gotta like this move Boston made for Clay Buchholz. Only 30M for a player like that? Thats nothing these days. Funny story: I was looking for a missing piece to my train set earlier today and found 5M cash under the couch cushion. And it wasn't even my money-hiding couach.

Anyway, its 0-0 after two.

8:52: Top 3rd: Eric Chavez hits a single. The first hit against Beckett. Chavez is playing tonight for the under the weather Alex Rodriguez. Haha! Please. You cant fool, Manny! How can he be under the weather when its only like 40 degrees!?

8:55: Woah, Woah. Tampa is coming to Fenway THIS week!? How did Manny not know this? Think Joe would mind if I tagged along for an extra couple days? Would be nice to get back and see some guys, you know? Anyway, the Yankees are threatening. First and second, one out, top of the order and

8:56: Woah! Brett Gardner hits one up the middle, but Pedey twirls the double play by himself! Unbelievable! But what the hell was Gardner doing after he hit it?! You dont gotta run so fast, man! Haha! Its just a ground ball, you know? They gonna throw you out anyway!

9:05: Bottom 3rd: Bostons turn to rally! Pedey with a single. Gonzalez with a single! Youk with a walk! (Why are they still booing?). Bases loaded, no outs for Papi!

9:06: Wow! Boston takes the lead on a ground ball but, you know, the ump calls Youk for sliding outside of the base path, and they take the run away! Titos not very happy! This is crazy. Looks like I got out at the right time. These new rules are killing the game! Base path? HA! What will they think of next?

9:09: Chavez looks a little under the weather trying to field Camerons infield single, and we have our first run! 1-0, Boston after three.

9:14: Top 4th: Beckett gets into a little bit of trouble, but sets down Nick Swisher to escape. Quick question: Now that Im retired, does this mean I get discount at the movies?

What if I own the theater?

9:26: Bottom 4th: OK, we GET it. Sabathia stopped eating Captain Crunch! Did anyone care when Manny kicked his cotton candy habit? Where were they then? Where was Mannys parade?!

9:28: Sabathia with an easy inning. Now seems like a good time to mention that Manny has a career .643 against Sabathia.

9:32: Top 5th: Theyre talking about Jason Vartiek becoming Becketts personal catcher, and you know, Mannys cool with that. Its easy to get attached to people in this game, man. I still BBM with Ino Guerrro every day!

9:37: 1-2-3 for Beckett. Again. Speaking of dominant pitching. You guys heard this stuff about Pedro? He wants to come back to Boston? Says all he needs is like a month and a half to get ready? Thats crazy, right?

Come on, Pedro. Let it go. Just be happy in retirement. Just like Manny.

9:42: Bottom 5th: Ay! Gonzalez takes a fastball on the fingers! They just showed the replay, but not sure I understand this Super Slo Mo Thats how the ball always looks

9:47: ESPN shows that Aaron Boone homer. Real funny guys! Id forgot that ever happened

No, seriously.

9:53: Hey! Its Kevin and Theo! Whats happenin guys? Millar, man. Give. Me. A. Call. Its on, man.

9:54: Its officially a pitchers duel! 1-0, Red Sox through five.

10:01: Top 6: Another 1-2-3 inning for Beckett. Eight straight batters! Hes really locked in, man. You know, when hes going like this you barely have to pay attention in the outfield. I swear, back in 2007, Manny was sleeping half the time. Ahh, those were the good old days

10:03: Hey, Theo! Listen, Ive been thinking and I might want to come out of retirement and play for Boston. No, Im serious! Just give me like 100 days. Ill be ready!

10:08: Bottom 6th: Crawfords on second, Pedey (after another hit) is on first. Sabathia walks Adrian Gonzalez to load the bases and thats all for CC. Wait, CC? Hey, hes got the same initials as Captain Crunch? Wonder if hes ever tried that stuff?

Joba Chamberlains coming in for the Yankees.

10:14: Gah!! What happened to Joba, man!? Is this still an allergic reaction from those bugs in Cleveland? Hes like this guy we used to call Guapo back in Boston, man. Boom! Haha!

10:15: Youkilis grounds out. Joba gets it done. Boston has now left eleven men on base. (Theeeeo, dont forget my offer!)

10:19: Top 7th: Another 1-2-3 inning for Beckett. Hes unstoppable. Also, anyone know Ken Griffey Jr.s agent. Manny might want in on the Dicks Sporting Goods gig.

10:27: Bottom 7th: Ooh, they talking about Manny! This will be huh?

Arrogance? Ignorance? My numbers look hollow? I let down my teammates?!

Haha. Its funny how much they think Manny cares.

10:28: Psssh. Bobby Valentine says I acted with a great deal of stupidity. This coming from a guy who wears fake mustaches in the dugout

10:30: I swear, I dont care at all about this Hall of Fame stuff, you know? But did Buster Olney just say hell vote McGwire, Bonds and Clemens into the Hall of Fame, but not Manny? Thats crazier than Julian Tavarez, man. Really? Im worse than Bonds?

10:33: Aye aye, sorry about that. Back to the game.

Bottom 7th. bases loaded, one out: Marco Scutaros at the plate.

10:34: Boom! Two-run double. 3-0 Sox! Jobas out. The Sox are up. Manny likes!

10:47: Top 8th: Becketts still cruising, man You know there hasnt even been one ball hit to left field yet? Hope Carls not too bored!. If things get real bad he can always cut off a through from center field.

Anyway, ANOTHER 1-2-3 inning for Beckett. Looks like he might be done for the night. Most of all, Im just amazed Ive paid attention for this long.

10:53: Bottom 8th: Aye, Papi! Double to deep center. 4-0, Boston. Papi's looking brand new, huh? That's what I was going for in Tampa

11:03: Top 9th: Papelbon to Gardner, strike 3!

11:04: Papelbon to Jeter, 4-3! (really a shame how much hes let himself go)

11:05: Paps and I didn't end on the best note, but I can't be too mad at him. I mean, come one, it's Paps! (Starts giggling and dancing around the house)

11:06: Paps to Teixeira and Teixeira is fighting

11:07: And Teixeira is fighting

11:08: And Manny's getting impatient

11:09: And, boom! Strike three called and everybody can go home! And I can go to Spain! I love this new life, guys. It feels like I can finally just be me!

11:11: Thats all from me, folks. My flight leaves in five hours and I can't find a suitcase big enough to fit all my belts. Hope you all had a good game and thank you for playing along.

Well end with todays awards.

MVP: Josh Beckett.

Best Diary: Manny!

See you next time!

Rich Levine's column runs each Monday, Wednesday and Friday on CSNNE.com. Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrlevine33

Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim

Quotes:

"I tried to get two (outs) before I got one. That can't happen." - Hanley Ramirez on his throwing error which cost the Red Sox the game.

"Executing pitches - that's the name of the game." - David Price on improvement he showed from his last start.

"Fourth time through the order, middle of the lineup. . . Price had done his job. In a one-run game, we felt it was best to start a clean inning with a reliever." - John Farrell after lifting David Price after eight innings and 108 pitches.

Notes:

* Reliever Brad Ziegler was charged with the loss for the second straight game.

* Each of the last seven Red Sox losses has been by one or two runs.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 31 consecutive games.

* The Red Sox four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

* The Sox are now 9-23 in their last 32 meetings with the Angels.

* David Price did not allow a run for the second time this season.

Stars:

1) David Price

After a stretch of shaky outings, Price did his job with eight scoreless innings, getting 14 outs on groundouts while walking just one.

2) Jered Weaver

At times, the radar gun made Weaver's pitches look like softball offerings. But mixing junk, he held the Sox to a single run over 5 1/3 innings

3) Mookie Betts

He had just one hit - single in the eighth - but his sacrifice fly in the third produced the only run of the night.

First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

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First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

First impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1) David Price pitched in the truest sense

Price wasn't necessarily overpowering with only six strikeouts in eight innings, but he succeeded in keeping the ball down in the zone, resulting in a ton of groundouts.

In eight innings, the Angels produced just two flouts to the outfield, both of them routine.

Otherwise, Price deftly mixed his changeup, slider and two-seamer to produce ground balls. His location was more precise and he induced weak contact in at-bat after at-bat.

 

2) The danger of a closer like Brad Ziegler was on display

The throwing error by Hanley Ramirez resulted in two runs scoring but Ziegler allowed three base hits to set the stage.

Ziegler doesn't get a lot of swing-and-miss with his sinker; what he gets is a lot of balls put in play. When things are going well, that results in groundouts; when they're not, it means baserunners and strange things happening.

As inconsistent as Craig Kimbrel has been in some non-save situations, he at least has the ability to record strikeouts and keep balls out of play.  That's not the case with Zieger, as the Red Sox learned the hard way in Anaheim Thursday night.

3) The Red Sox wisely took advantage of Jered Weaver on the bases

Weaver's high leg kick and reliance on off-speed pitches make for a slow delivery time to the plate. Dustin Pedroia would have easily stole second in the first but made the mistake of going into his slide too far ahead of the bag, and though initially ruled safe, was deemed out after a replay challenge.

In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts, was more successful in his stolen base. Neither steal led to a run, but the Sox did put some additional pressure on Weaver