In Game 7, the Boston Red Sox fell short in the ALCS against the Tampa Bay Rays. Naturally, questions pertaining to the late season trade of slugger Manny Ramirez have arisen. The obvious question is: Would the Boston Red Sox be in the World Series if they still had Ramirez? More than likely, but I’m sure the Red Sox Nation would say definitely.
According to team officials, Manny became a distraction and was accused for not giving maximum effort on the field. Theo Epstein, the Red Sox GM, traded the left fielder and in return received Jason Bay from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the three team deal. This trade may have helped team unity, but it ultimately cost them a trip to the 2008 World Series.
Ramirez led the Dodgers to the playoffs and put up his best postseason stats ever. He sported a .520 BA, with 4 homers and 10 RBI’s in just 8 games. Despite Ramirez’s monster numbers the Dodgers lost in the NLCS to the Philadelphia Phillies. Manny Ramirez will have several MLB teams court him this winter in hopes of having him on their 2009 roster. For his career the future Hall-of-Famer has a .314 BA and 527 HR’s, not to mention 28 post season HR’s which places in him #1 in the history books. The Red Sox should have let Manny be Manny, at least until season’s end. A franchise that went the better part of the 20th century without a World Series Championship , should know that every opportunity should be cherished. Goodbye to Red Sox dominance, it went out the door with Manny.