I think I already read the Manny Ramirez book. It was called, "A Million Little Pieces."
Maybe that's not fair. Perhaps 64-year-old Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick did deserve that infamous shove to the clubhouse floor last summer in Houston. "Jack disrespected Manny for many years and on many occasion," Ramirez's former agent Gene Mato told Manny mouthpieces Shawn Boburg and Dr. Jean Rhodes in a forthcoming book entitled, "Becoming Manny."
Then again, in Manny's mind, being disrespected probably amounted to McCormick refusing to remove the red M&M's.
The revelations on this incident in the book, much like Joe Torre's comments about Alex Rodriguez, are most likely being taken out of context, leaked by the publisher in order to get people talking, which, lo and behold, we are. In fact, Dr. Rhodes sounded completely forthright about how the book should be perceived in an interview yesterday with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan, and she didn't prove herself to be a Manny sycophant by any means.
But color me uninterested. No matter how the book promises to attempt to pry into the mind of Manny, I've about had my fill of Ramirez telling me why he's been wronged to the tune of $20 million a year. Sorry, not worth my $24.95.
Luckily, the Portland Press Herald's Kevin Thomas has already posted his initial thoughts on the book:
Just finished speed reading "Becoming Manny: Inside the Life of Baseball's Most Enigmatic Slugger."
It is an authorized biography of Manny Ramirez.
It is pathetic.
So, it's got that going for it.
McCormick has yet to comment on his portrayal in the book, which from the excerpts makes him seem like a foaming-at-the-mouth, crotchety old man with a penchant for delivering disrespectful needles solely in the direction of Ramirez ... but grandfatherly to everybody else. "Jack had a history of insulting Manny in front of the other players," Manny's wife, Juliana says.
A history. Please. After all we've learned about Manny and his questionable transgressions here in Boston, we're resorted to making excuses and apologies for his "misunderstood" attitude.
Oh, Manny will always have his fan-boys here in New England, those that want to recall the thrills he provided with his bat, though if you read some of the comments here, you might think he single-handedly delivered two World Series titles, no thanks to you Mssrs. Schilling, Foulke, and Ortiz. And they'll eat this book up, with the finger pointed at their hero's deterrents with a "Told you so," and reveling in the falsehoods perpetrated by the evil "media" that ran him out of town.
"Manny was hard-pressed to give his best to a team he knew was eager to cast him aside," The Boston Herald quotes the book as saying.
Really, read that line again, and we can pretty much sum up how this book is going to go, despite whatever good intentions the authors might have had.
The point we're missing is the fact that many believe Ramirez (perhaps coached by agent Scott Boras?) was trying to quit on the team in order to escape his option years, a move that looks genuinely stupid now in this new baseball economy. I would, just for once, love to hear a ballplayer tell me the truth, the God's honest, downright, brutal truth about doing something for money. Instead, Ramirez uses the authors to promote the fact that the McCormick incident prompted the Red Sox to toss him to the wolves, and garner public opinion for a trade.
Yes, it was only this incident. Because that whole irrevocable waivers thing four years earlier didn't signal that perhaps there were issues.
In the famous words of Rainier Wolfcastle, when asked how he slept at night, particularly after making an $80 million movie that consisted of him standing in front of a brick wall: "On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies." See, now that's unapologetic honesty. Give me some of that, Manny. I'm pretty sure there haven't been too many sleepless nights for our loveable slugger -- rolling in cash amid a new crop of the blind in Los Angeles -- since last summer's events. And now, we learn that there was a reason why he shoved McCormick to the ground. Guy had it coming. So, there.
Manny's got an "authorized" book hitting the shelves. God help us all.