By Dan O'Donnell
Wouldn't you know it? The Man-Ram rammed his foot into his mouth again, this time saying "It doesn't happen [this year], who cares? There's always next year. It's not like it's the end of the world."
Try telling that to diehard Red Sox fans, Manny. They're already tearing into him (perhaps somewhat justly) and calling him "a paycheck player"...as well as a whole lot of other things I can't print in a family-friendly blog.
But they're missing his point. Losing, though painful, isn't the end of the world. The beauty of sports is that there is always a next year. Just ask the Brewers.
If Boston ends up losing this series, there's no reason to believe they won't be back next year. Manny wasn't saying that he didn't care about this year, he was saying that he had so much faith in the organization that next year would be just as promising. Especially if Joe Torre isn't managing the Yankees.
So Sox fans, cut Manny a break, would you? He is hitting .429 in the postseason, and is the playoff leader in RBIs (11) and is tied for the lead in home runs with 4. It's not like his play has suggested that losing the ALCS isn't the end of the world.