Circle next weekend
With the month of August coming to a close within the next week, it also signifies the end of the waiver wire trade deadline. Now, normally a weekend series at Fenway Park between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox would not hold that much weight. Basically, each team would be hoping to stay afloat in their respective division race. But, if a certain waiver wire trade goes through involving a certain right handed hitting left fielder, next weekends Sox v. Sox series would get a whole lot more interesting. ESPN is reporting that if the Dodgers, as expected, place Manny Ramirez on waivers, the Chicago White Sox would swoop in and claim Manny Ramirez.
The source said Ramirez would become the White Sox’s designated hitter against all pitching, and that going back to the American League, where he wouldn’t have to play the outfield, appeals to Ramirez.
The Dodgers most likely will put Ramirez on waivers Tuesday or Wednesday in hopes of ridding themselves of an unproductive player who no longer can play the outfield sufficiently in the National League. Ramirez, 38, has been on the disabled list three times in 2010.
And may I remind you the reader that if the White Sox were to claim Manny on say, Wednesday or Thursday with a series in Boston starting on Friday, it would mean a second return for Manny Ramirez to Fenway Park. He came back in June as a member of the LA Dodgers and was greeted to a mixed reaction after the way his career in Boston ended. Strange that the 2004 World Series MVP and a key member of the 2007 champion team would be greeted that way, but when he orchestrated a departure from Boston based around not giving a shit, the reaction from the crowd was more than acceptable. How much fun would another Manny series be in Boston? Heat of the division races, the Red Sox need to win the series to keep pace with the Yankees and the Rays, and here strolls in Manny Ramirez, hoping to drive a stake through the Red Sox post-season chances. Try and tell me that is not September baseball at it’s finest.
Not only that, but the team of Ozzie Guillen and Manny Ramierz would be a walking sound byte in the White Sox dugout. That, over anything might be the best part about Manny being a White Sock.