For the most part, the Red Sox and their players have been mum on the big, 800-pound dreadlocked elephant in the room: Manny Ramirez's ugly midseason departure. Few have talked out of turn. "Few", unfortunately, does not include Curt Schilling, who of course felt it necessary to offer his opinion. Curt's like that when he gets in front of a Wordpress dashboard.
Among the quiet ones has been Manny's friend, or former friend, David Ortiz. No more. Ortiz broke his silence today to WEEI in Boston:
Ortiz said he urged Ramirez to get along with the front office, his teammates and the media.
"Everything started one day that I told Manny: 'Hey look, look at the numbers that you have put up your whole career, and you have never been able to win an MVP, there's a reason why,'" Ortiz said. "And the media is our family." He urged Ramirez to "pull yourself together and start getting connected with the media because that's how you express your feelings and people get to know more and Manny's good things, that people don't know about Manny. And he agreed with me."
Obviously, that didn't happen, and now Manny is a man without a country -- no longer a Red Sox, no longer a Dodger; merely one of Scott Boras' minions. See what happens when you don't listen to David Ortiz, kids?*
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