"As if there was any doubt, he is now the village idiot of baseball."
We all know Manny is somewhat of a savant: a genius at hitting, but somewhat clueless (I suspect intentionally) about most everything else. I for one don't think this is good news, and I don't understand the Red Sox fans who are rejoicing. Maybe I'm weird; I didn't exactly dance in the streets when A-Rod was outed either, even though Rodriguez was already so easy to hate. I'm sick of hearing about how my childhood heroes are cheaters. It's like finding out that the toothfairy doesn't floss or that Santa Claus is an anti-Semite. No one likes hearing those things... they just hurt.
For every new name in the headlines, the game takes a little more damage, something MLB doesn't really need in this economic climate, and, quite frankly, a phenomenon that I could do without. Baseball has been a really good coping mechanism for me: if I'm having a bad day, I like to watch/listen to/write about/obsess over the Red Sox. Any of my friends will tell you that I have an unhealthy obsession with this team, and with the sport in general, but in reality, baseball has helped me keep my sanity. The last few years of my life have been filled with bad news, disappointments, and general misfortune. Don't get me wrong, good things have happened too, and I appreciate every one of them, but the Red Sox have gotten me through a lot of bad times. You can understand then why this blow to the game saddens me.
I won't pretend that I never liked Manny, because he endeared himself to all of us before it turned bad. However, he was not my favorite. My favorite players have been those who aren't the prototypical slugger (currently Pedroia, obviously). That's not to say I don't like the other players, because I do. I feel reasonably secure that my current favorite won't break my heart (unless male-patterned baldness is a sign of PED use...?), but this news cuts pretty deep, for the simple reason that Manny was a stalwart in the Sox lineup all those summers. Manny was a large part of my baseball obsession, because he was a large part of the Red Sox. So I for one hope he's telling the truth, because I would much rather keep my current opinion of Manny being Idiotic than have to switch that to Manny being a Cheater.
Stop talking to A-Rod, it can only end badly... STOP IT!