I hate that f***ing phrase. Manny gets away with anything and it really irritates me. He constantly asks to be traded only to change his mind a week later and the Red Sox are still letting him come to spring training late? When Miguel Tejada wanted to be traded did anyone give him the "get out of jail free card" and say, "Oh, it's just Miggy being Miggy." No. Nobody did that. They just called him an ungrateful batstard. WTF? I'm starting to seriously think that Manny Ramirez is somewhat mentally retarded or has the intelligence of a first grader. Why else would they let him get away with this crap? Sure he's one of the best hitters of the last decade, but one day the Red Sox need to grow a pair and hold this guy accountable.
Here's what I think a conversation between Terry Francona and Manny Ramirez is like after Manny has just asked to be traded, for the ninth time.
Francona: Manny. Come into my office.
Manny: Yes, Mr, um, Mr...
Francona: Manny, for the hundredth time, my last name is Francona.
Manny: Oh yeah. Im forgetful sometimes.
Francona: I know, Manny, I know. Manny come and sit on my lap.
Francona: Now Manny, I heard you were saying some things to the press again, is this true?
Francona: Manny, how many times do I have to tell you? You can't talk to those people unless you ask me first.
Manny: I know Mr. Zambona, I'm real sorry. I'm forgetful sometimes.
Francona: I know Manny, it's not your fault. But you have to promise me that you will never do that again. Do you promise?
Manny: I promise.
Francona: Ok then. Now go take some batting practice Manny, but only if you want to.
Francona: Manny, look at me.
Francona: You know I love you right?
Manny: I know. I love you too Mr., um, Mr...
Francona: It's not important.