One of the questions I got on my previous entry was quite interesting, so I feel I should devote this entry to it.
“EJ – do you think the Yankees should try & sign Manny? Julia”
I’d love to sign Manny, we can never have too much bullpen help. Too bad he’s not a free agent though. Did he get released?
OHHH, THAT Manny!
I really, really, really do not want Manny Ramirez, for numerous reasons, which I will name right here:
1. We already have a plethora of outfielders, so much so that we’re trading them away. We have Damon in left, Gardner in center and Nady in right. We have Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera on the bench. We are already juggling around DHs; Hideki Matsui, maybe Swisher, maybe Miranda, maybe Posada if he still can’t catch. To get Manny, an OF/DH type who we have enough of already, wouldn’t really make sense at all.
2. Manny has a bad attittude. He played badly to get himself out of Boston, and although he did amazingly with the Dodgers, it still doesn’t change the controversy that he put himself through as a Red Sock.
3. Too much money. We would have to pay him millions among millions of dollars just to have his bat in the lineup. We’ve already payed too much money for Tex, AJ and CC. It would just be crazy spending to get Manny.
4. Attention/pressure. They’ve gotten enough attention from the media and fans of other teams with the current signings they’ve made. Imagine Red Sox fans reacting to signing Manny… imagine all that attention. The cries of “MANNY! YOU BACKSTABBER!” and all the nasty posts made on message boards and such. Not only that, we already have a ton of pressure to at least make the World Series. It would be disastrous if we signed Tex, AJ, CC, and Manny, and not make the World Series. The Yankees would be under a lot of heat for being cursed and un-clutch and stupid for thinking they could buy a championship, and you know what the Yankees would do? They would sign all the free agents. They’d sign.. Matt Holliday, Adrian Beltre, John Lackey, Tim Hudson, et cetera, and the vicious cycle would repeat itself.
5. He’s not that good. I know you all are gasping right now. I didn’t just say that! Manny is incredible! Manny will always take you to the postseason! People, get real here. It was a total fluke 2nd half. He’s 36 years old, to be 37 in May. He was average in 2007. He was in a free agent season last year. He’s not going to give us what he gave the Dodgers in all likelihood.
So when you take all these 5 things into account, it would not be a good signing at all for the Yanks to sign Manny.
Stay positive, Yankees fans.
-EJ the Kid from New York