'I would gladly give back the 2007 WS'
Proudly declaring himself a "long standing Manny hater," Kevin
uncorks and shows how irrational the anti-Mannyism has gotten. Here's a later email exchange between the two of us (posted with Kev's permission, of course):
K: I would gladly give back the 2007 WS win if the Sox dumped him at the time of my original post (three years ago). Gladly.
HB: You'd give back a World Series trophy in order to dump Manny? Yikes. The anti-Mannyites have lost it.
K: I would. Not the first one, but the second one, yes. I just find it appalling that I'm forced to root for this guy 160+ nights per year. How many times are we supposed to be offended and sit there and say "Thank you sir, may I have another."
I didn't write back to ask why, if we're engaging in fantasy retroactive punishments, he wouldn't go back to 2004. But the anti-Mannyites seem to have finally gotten it right this year. Manny's Manny-being-Manny antics have caught up to him. I won't be too sorry to see him go. But I'll always appreciate what he accomplished here -- and that includes two WS wins, which can't be taken away. ... Now back to the absurd prices of Red Sox tickets, hot dogs, beers and fans saying, "Thank you sir, may I have another."