The talk of the town last year was that Manny Ramirez was irreplaceable. The talk of the town this year is that Jason Bay is our left fielder. Getting off to a pretty good start by knocking in a few runs and blasting two home runs against the Angels on Saturday afternoon, I am so sure that I'd rather have Jason Bay at the plate and in the field more than I'd want Manny this season.
Jason Bay doesn't go behind the Green Monster to use it as a restroom, he doesn't give fans high fives when he should be throwing the ball in to catch a runner tagging and he definitely doesn't argue about his contract, because he's more interested in winning a championship.
When Manny was in Boston, I must admit, I was a huge fan. I loved sitting at Fenway and hearing the announcements of; "Now batting, left fielder, number twenty-four, Manny Ramirez"; and jumping in with 30,000 plus cheering for him; "Manny, Manny, Manny!". For the memories, sadly, those days are over. Now Manny is in LA soaking up the sun, arguing about money and most likely being the NL MVP.
Out With The Old, In With The New
Jason Bay may not have all the antics and publicity that came with Manny and he may not sell as many jerseys (yet) but that day is soon to come. Manny is gone and Jason Bay is home in Boston and I am more than satisfied with the move that was made. I'm sure that team chemistry has increased and defensive productivity will also go up a bit. The dugout may not have as many parties like they did when Manny and Pedro were hosting, but I can trade that for wins and rings. Manny Ramirez being traded for Jason Bay was the right move, at the right time.
Seeing Bay in his glory while blasting the lead taking home run into left against the Angels says it all for last years trade and this seasons possibilities. Bye-Bye Manny. Jason, welcome to the Bay State!
Thanks to rezsox for the photo of Jason Bay.