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It seems as if Manny Ramirez is trying to prove something in the 2008 NLDS, after hitting his second home run in as many games to help the Dodgers take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Dodgers were helped by a home run from Ramirez, a three-run double from Russell Martin, and a shaky defense from the Cubs infield in the 10-3 win.
Could it really be possible that the Red Sox will be paying Manny Ramirez to hit against them in the World Series? Well, the Dodgers are in a very good position to beat the best team in the National League this season (the Cubs) and could be in line to face the Phillies (who are also up 2-0) in the NLCS.
“We’re going to L.A., we need one more win. We’re not there yet,” Manny said after the game. “They’re the best team in the National League and anything could happen.”
Just as Manny said, the Dodgers are just 27 outs away from extending the Cubs’ misery to 100 full seasons without a World Series title. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was all the way back in 1908, or 77 years before I was born. They have now lost eight straight postseason games dating back to 2003.
I just can’t bear to see Manny Ramirez and his new team so successful in the playoffs. A perfect scenario would be a dramatic Cubs’ comeback from a 2-0 defecit. They’re the underdog, and they’ve suffered for far too long. I think Red Sox fans can relate with Cubs fans at this point.