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Jonathan Papelbon had some choice words in the April Issue of Esquire Magazine about former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez.
“It just takes one guy to bring an entire team down, and that’s exactly what was happening,” Papelbon said, according to the magazine. “Once we saw that, we weren’t afraid to get rid of him. It’s like cancer. That’s what he was. Cancer. He had to go. It [stunk], but that was the only scenario that was going to work. That was it for us.”
Manny, who has yet to play a Spring Training game due to a tight hamstring, seemed unfazed by Papelbon’s comments.
“That’s fine,” Ramirez said. “I’ve already moved on with my life. I wish everybody the best. I’m in L.A. now. I’m just focused on playing here. I’ve got no control over what people said or what I did in the past or whatever. I’ve moved on already. We’re in L.A., and it is what it is.”
Papelbon had much more to say in the magazine.
“He was on a different train!” Papelbon said of Ramirez, according to Esquire. “And you saw what happened with that. We got rid of him, and we moved on without him. That comes from the manager, and it comes from guys like Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz. Nobody is ever going to be allowed to do that.”
It appears the veteran leaders like Varitek, Wakefield…and Manny’s good buddy Big Papi knew enough to get rid of the disgruntled slugger. Manny was traded in July 2008 in a three-team deal that brought Jason Bay to Boston.
“And after, you could feel it in the air in the clubhouse,” he said, according to the magazine. “We got Jason Bay — Johnny Ballgame, plays the game right, plays through broken knees, runs out every ground ball — and it was like a breath of fresh air, man! Awesome! No question.”
Reaction: Many inflammatory remarks here about Manny Ramirez from Jonathan Papelbon. Curt Schilling had already offered his take on the matter, but this is the first time a player currently with the Red Sox gave his opinion about Manny’s final days in Boston.
What Papelbon said is exactly how I thought the players, managers, and front office felt about Manny’s absurd 2008 season in Boston.
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