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Manny Homers and Fights in Wild Sox Win

As if Boston needed any more sports stories to soak in, the Red Sox battled the Rays for first place in the AL East and did what they could to get the attention of fans across the city. I think it worked. After a HBP in the second inning, Coco Crisp charged the mound and was pummeled by Dioner Navarro, Jonny Gomes, and Carl Crawford following a swing and a miss from pitcher James Shields.

To add to the drama, Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis had to be separated in the dugout after a shouting match. Obviously, no one will disclose what was said, but Manny was photographed chopping at Youk’s neck and shoving him before being restrained. Jacoby Ellsbury left the game after rolling his wrist and Youk took over in right field. Perhaps that has something to do with it? Oh…and the Red Sox won 7-1.

Sox Stud of the Game:

I would say Coco Crisp…but in his only plate appearance he was hit by a pitch then ejected. Rookie Chris Carter stepped in for him to go 2-3 in his first MLB game…but the honor will have to go to Manny Ramirez after he went 2-3 with a HR, walk, and five RBIs. I think Youkilis may have been mad at Manny for his lack of involvment in protecting Coco, because he certainly can’t be mad about his performance.

Diamond Dud of the Game:

I never give this nod to the opposing team, but I have to give it to James Shields for a few reasons. He claims he hit Coco so early in the game to send a message that the Rays will not be stomped on anymore, which I understand. But he probably knew he would get ejected for intentionally throwing at Crisp, and as one of the team’s best pitchers, why would he put them in a position to lose? Also…nice HARD right hook, but it completely missed!

Game Notes:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury left the game with a wrist injury after a spectacular catch in RF. He’s listed as day-to-day. Youkilis got his first-career action in RF off the bench.
  • Rookie Chris Carter had two hits. Not known for his defense, he also had a coulpe nice catches in left field.
  • Coco Crisp, James Shields, Jonny Gomes, and Carl Crawford will likely be suspended (in my mind).

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2 comments for “Manny Homers and Fights in Wild Sox Win”

  1. Will we look back on this game like we do on the Tek v. A-Rod fight? I know the Rays aren’t the Yankees, but don’t we still have pride in Coco and want him to stick around for the season? We can’t trade him now can we? This is what the Red Sox needed, a shot in the arm and a sweep of the Rays to overtake 1st place. We’re in it to win it now!! By the way, what happened between Youk and Manny?

    Posted by Wicked Pissa Dude | June 6, 2008, 8:00 am
  2. My guess that Manny was late to the brawl seems right. From the Globe: “I think they were just exchanging some views on things,” he said. “We had a lot of testosterone going tonight. It was kind of a hectic night. Sometimes those things happen. It wasn’t really a big deal, it won’t be a big deal, it happens. We’ll get by that one. In fact, it’s been handled and we’ll move on from that one.”

    Ramírez was a bit tardy getting to the bench-clearing brawl, not entering the fray until the bullpen residents had reached the mound, jogging out late with Bartolo Colon a few steps ahead of him.

    I bet he didnt charge because of his achy hamstring , but who knows.

    Posted by KC | June 6, 2008, 4:37 pm

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