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The fall-out thus far

Jason Bay has started off strongly in Boston which is a great relief. I'd always heard he was one of the most under-the-radar stars in baseball, but I worried he'd implode under the pressure in Boston if he didn't immediately show to the skeptical fandom that he's a major talent in the prime of his career. I somehow doubt that he ever had hundreds of cameras focused on him anytime he's arrived at the ballpark before.

It's also worth noting that you'd never see Manny cover ground enough to make the sliding catch Bay made Friday and when did Manny last have a stand-up triple? This team just became far more athletic.

To be fair, I thought I'd post a few clips from feedback I've had from friends and stuff I've read elsewhere about the trade:

Nomaa in the L.A. Times: "There's a lot of truth to what he said. I can definitely understand and relate... Manny said he didn't want to leave there. I didn't want to leave there. . . . Were we the only ones that have gone through it? There's a track record. I played with Mo [Vaughn]. I played with Roger [Clemens]."

Jason Stark from ESPN.com casts the Sox as "losers" in his rating of the trade deadline deals: "this trade marks the end of a special era in the life of their team. They have a different aura now than they had a week ago. And the reaction of folks all over their division to Manny's unceremonious exit -- an exit subsidized with $7 million of those hard-earned Red Sox dollars, we should note -- told us all we needed to know: It felt like Mardi Gras for the rest of the AL East."

From a friend's son: "everyone knows he's totally nuts and he does the exact same thing every year, asking for a trade, sitting out a game, and not legging out a ground ball. Then they try to trade him, but don't, and he gets jolly again and continues being the best righthanded hitter of his generation. Every single year this happens exactly the same. Management is supposed to be smarter than him and know that he's just a quirky fellow. They're not supposed to get in a pissing match with the best right handed hitter of his generation just to show that they're in charge."

From a friend, "Whether it was displayed in positive or negative ways, I was a member of the gotta love him because sometimes you hate him crew. The 2008 Sox just don't have the same diverse group of guys you'd hang out in a bar with as the 2004 Sox. Can't hold onto 2004 forever I know, so I've decided change is good sometimes, right? Plus, I like the fact that we are saving some money so that we can maybe work something for pitching in the off season."
Lastly, in case you didn't see this, a "source" in the Sox says that Manny's agent Scott Boras actually called the Sox post-trade to say Manny would play nice for the rest of the year if the Sox dropped the options from his contract and didn't trade him. Boras denies it. As per my long standing rule, I trust anyone who says the oposite of what Scott Boras says.

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