Beckett Or Bust!
Among the Manny rumblings echoing all around Red Sox Nation, the unmistakable fact still remains....it's Beckett or bust time tonight for the Boston Red Sox as they play game 5 of the American League Championship Series. He'll be opposed by the Cleveland ace CC Sabathia, who was wild and hittable last time. There was a media report yesterday that Beckett's back was bothering him and that if he was chosen to pitch game 4 on Tuesday, he would have been unable to. We have to hope that report was greatly exagerated, and John Farrell, the pitching coach, downplayed it but would not be specific. We'll find out in about 14 hours, won't we? He'll be FINE.
Now, on to Mr. Ramirez. I'll paste what he said, and then give my opinion as to why those comments caused such a furor, and why they shouldn't have.....
"We've been in this situation before," Ramirez said. "The other side, they're playing great, they're pitching the way they should and they're coming through with big hits. What can you do, man? You just think about [tonight]. You come and play hard and it's not over yet.
"We're not going to give up. We're going to play the game and move on. If it doesn't happen, who cares? There's always next year. It's not like it's the end of the world."
Peter here, and Manny is right...it WON'T BE the end of the world. It's been a great season, and we all are proud of our team. But I have every intention of watching the Sox, our Sox, win tonight, and win BIG. And so does Manny. The poets and the pundits of the media can go to hell for making a mountain out of not even a molehill. Manny cares. We care. Bigtime. He was talking to a reporter when he said those words, and that's when the "Manny being Manny" persona comes to the forefront. We all know how hard he's worked to get his oblique healthy, and his postseason numbers, along with Big Papi's, have been unbelievable.
Click on the title of this post for the Globe's Gordon Edes look at tonight's game. and at the state of the Sox. It's called "Survival Test." It's just another game? No, it's not, but it's a game the Red Sox will win!