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October 24, 2007

This will probably be the stupidest opinion I will read all day. Slate has a posted a ridiculously over the top article about Manny Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox. Until I saw the tagline at the end of the article, identifying the author as a writer for the Boston Globe, I really assumed this was a parody. Consider this, from the opening of the article:

Manny Ramirez knows more about baseball than anyone else does.

If it had been a parody, it would have been genius. Sadly, it is just ridiculous. Manny knows baseball, yes, but a baseless claim like this without some supporting facts sounds like it belongs on a 12 year old fan boy’s blog, not a major online news publication. They all but anoint Manny as the second coming of Christ, and the Red Sox as His chosen people. An excerpt from the closing:

Unburdened of their history, the Boston Red Sox are in another World Series with Manny Ramirez in left field. Manny’s unburdened of everything, hitting .400 in the postseason, and sharing his secret knowledge with the wider world, which is as blind and deaf to genius as it ever was.


Consider me blind and deaf then, because of all the words I would use to describe Manny Ramirez, “genius” is definitely not one of them.

Also, someone called in to the radio show I was listening to this morning on the way to work to convince people that the Red Sox are the underdog in this World Series, and a win for them would be a “feel good” victory for all sports fans. I really don’t understand this mindset; how can you have a better record and a payroll that is more than 2.5 times larger than your opponent and still be the underdog?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. marino permalink
    October 24, 2007 4:02 pm

    Adam being Adam.

  2. Adam permalink*
    October 24, 2007 5:43 pm

    When I was in high school someone told me I looked like Manny. Idiot.

  3. andy permalink*
    October 24, 2007 6:15 pm

    I don’t blame Manny. He goes out, gets his money, has fun, goes home and that’s it. What’s so wrong about that?

    We consider people who are corporate workaholics to be insane, but professional athletes of a similar mold are the norm. Doesn’t make sense to me.

  4. Adam permalink*
    October 24, 2007 6:21 pm

    I don’t blame him for the attention he is getting either. I’m sure he is having fun; he is a fun player to watch. But I don’t think having fun and being good at what you do makes you a genius.

    And as far as corporate workaholics vs athletes, its a matter of scale. Tiger Woods spends all his time golfing b/c he makes tens of millions of dollars doing it. Your PM works all the time and I would guess is barely pushing six figures.

  5. andy permalink*
    October 24, 2007 6:31 pm

    Because that’s what the market pays. If Tiger works harder he wins more tourneys and more prizes, more endorsements, etc.

    My PM works more than she needs to and to what point? It’s not like she works all these hours knowing she’ll get a bonus every paycheck. She’s HOPING for a bonus at the end of the year. Boring work, long hours, for a small yearly bonus.

    Tiger wins 1st place over 2nd place and the purse jumps $2 million. The rewards are much more tangible.

  6. Adam permalink*
    October 24, 2007 6:46 pm

    The marginal benefits of additional labor hours vary across professions?

    No wonder no one does anything around here.

  7. November 29, 2007 8:53 am

    Hi, my name is disman-kl, i like your site and i ll be back 😉

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