Tito: Manny 'worst human being I ever met'


Tito: Manny 'worst human being I ever met'

In the "How did I miss this?" department . . .

Thanks to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, this Terry Francona quote -- "Manny Ramirez is the worst human being Ive ever met" -- is suddenly going viral on the Internet. It's from a Peter Gammons story on MLB.com which ran last November that actually had nothing to with Ramirez and very little to do with Francona; it was about Bobby Valentine and how he was going to change the culture with the Red Sox.

But now that Ramirez is back in the news, so is an overlooked, all-but forgotten judgment of the slugger by Francona.

Manny's old news hereabouts -- his departure occurred four years ago this July, and the A's are his fourth post-Boston stop -- and, really, it's not shocking that he's a contender for that particular title. We had a close-up look at his act for nearly eight years. He had his defenders, to be sure, but the fact is no one really cared what kind of a guy he was. He could hit. And to us (or to many of us), that's all that mattered.

Five years ago, in the days of .320 seasons and 40 home runs and general offensive awesomeness, Manny Ramirez could get away with being the worst human being Terry Francona had ever met. Now that he's not that kind of a hitter anymore, he probably can't.

Which is probably why the quote is gaining attention now.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.