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Is there entirely too much crack being passed around ESPN.com? Sean McAdam is writing today that the Red Sox are sure to move Manny Ramirez because of his cost and his "behavior" over the last few weeks. This behavior includes, being sick, being in a restaurant on the first floor of the building he lives in, having his location unknown for a few hours the other morning, and telling coaches he was too weak to take an at bat in a game against the Phillies.

Let's look at this a moment:

1) Being sick is not a reflection of attitude or work ethic, if I'm not mistaken. In fact, proper rest during illness should be seen as responsible maintenance of an expensive investment.
2) Going to a restaurant in the building where he lives seems reasonable, especially if he's sick. I hate to cook when I'm sick, and sometimes I just want to get out of my apartment for a change of scenery, even if it is just to the mailbox and back. His socializing in the restaurant consisted of a conversation with an old friend who was in town on business. Sure, that friend is Luis Sojo, a Yankees coach, but that doesn't change what actually happened.
3) Being in parts unknown for an hour or so doesn't seem unreasonable either. Of course he didn't come to the game. He was still sick. Maybe it wasn't the smartest move not to let everyone in the organization know he was still feeling bad, but it doesn't really constitute a lack of concern for the team's welfare.
4) Wouldn't you be glad, if you were Red Sox management, that Manny was honest about his condition? "I'm feeling pretty weak still, so I don't really want to bat. I'm not the best option." seems like a good thing to know if I'm shuffling the lineup. Doesn't that also show confidence in his teammates to get the job done?

McAdam goes on to cite that Manny asked to be placed on the DL in the middle of a pennant run two years ago. Sorry, Sean baby. That's not really pertinent. It is, however, consistent with the theory that Manny communicates his physical limitations better than the average ballplayer, which is also consistent with the generally held notion that he is better than the average ballplayer.

Manny isn't a visibly intense player. He may not even be a very passionate player. But, he makes plays in the field and produces runs at the plate. He has been a winner in Cleveland and in Boston. Players do not fall ass-backwards into that kind of success. The Red Sox might deal him in the Winter, that's true. But it won't be because he didn't get over a cold as quickly as they wanted him too.
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