Manny Will Play As Deep As Manny Feels Necessary

Sunday, June 03, 2007



Again, I was going to let Joe Morgan's ramblings slip off into the night without comment. Again, he's not letting me.

Please, Joe, for the love of God, stop talking about how shallow Manny Ramirez is playing. We heard you the first time and understand that his positioning cuts down the angles he can use to get to a ball down the line or in the gap. Thank you for your concern.

I, however, am one of those crazy people who thinks Manny is not as bad a left fielder as people like to think (and that I'm flying stubbornly in the face of statistical analysis by even considering this). He doesn't have a great arm or outstanding range, but he makes up for those shortcomings by playing to his strengths, such as a quick release and knowledge of his own arm strength.

Simply put, when it comes to playing left field at Fenway Park, I trust Manny Ramirez more than I trust Joe Morgan.

(Oh, and Jon? You can take it easy as well. We know it's chilly in Boston tonight. It was cool and rainy all day. Strangely enough, these things happen, even in June - it's NEW ENGLAND.)

-- OMDQ

P.S.- Please take the time to vote on who you think is the worst analyst in Baseball.

Posted by One More Dying Quail at 10:56 PM

19 Comments:

Agreed. I trust Manny in left at Fenway before most OF's in the game. It's tough to play, just ask Lastings Milledge. Manny play's shallow because anything over his head is off the wall, So shut up JOE.

sneaky155 said...
Jun 4, 2007, 1:14:00 AM  

Oh man. In ten years this is all I will remember from tonight: Joe Morgan hates how Manny plays the Monster, and he was never on a box of Wheaties.

RJ said...
Jun 4, 2007, 1:58:00 AM  

I like to leave the TV on "Mute" when watching Baseball on FOX or ESPN. It's sad but true. Even during highlights.

Meatwad said...
Jun 4, 2007, 2:23:00 AM  

I couldn't agree more...did you hear Trot Nixon last week saying how no one plays the monster better than Manny? Sh*t, i'm a yankee fan & i know better than to question ManRam...

Shorty said...
Jun 4, 2007, 3:23:00 AM  

I agree with all of you guys especially shorty and Manny proved it Friday when he threw out a runner at second.

As a former Red Sox radio announcer I expect more from Jon Miller especially when it comes to getting the story straight on why the pole is named after Johnny Pesky.

Steve said...
Jun 4, 2007, 7:26:00 AM  

Not only was Joe Morgan complaining about how shallow Manny was playing last night, Tim McCarver was complaining about how shallow Manny was playing during Saturday's game.

Nathan said...
Jun 4, 2007, 8:46:00 AM  

Joe Morgan and Jon Miller also butchered the latest A-Rod controversy. They replayed the Toronto pop-up and said something along the lines of “Clearly A-Rod only says one word when running the bases, so he couldn’t have said ‘I’ve got it!’ as the Blue Jays claimed.”
Anyone who has followed the story knows the Blue Jays claimed A-Rod shouted “Mine!” so the video evidence is inconclusive at best.

Anonymous said...
Jun 4, 2007, 12:19:00 PM  

I loved the part of the game when Jon mentioned how it was documented that Kevin Youkilis was a favorite of general manager...awkward pause...a favorite of...pause...well just about every general manager out there. Nice recovery!

Someone's scared to mention Moneyball in the booth.

Todd said...
Jun 4, 2007, 1:13:00 PM  

Joe Morgan is a self-indulgent gasbag, and Jon Miller knows it. Those awkward silences we endure when Morgan makes some grand indefensible pronouncement are Jon MIller being kind enough not to tell his unprepared broadcast partner that his rants made no sense. It is a close race between Tim McCarver and Joe Morgan for who utters the most inane comment -- McCarver for overstating the obvious or Joe Morgan for his cockamamey insights -- or did you forget the one from two weeks ago when Joe said how much easier it was to steal second base when a lefthander is pitching because the lefthander's delivery is slower than a righthander's? No proof. No commn sense. And no conversational confirmation from Jon MIller, who just left Morgan hanging....

dc said...
Jun 4, 2007, 1:55:00 PM  

Joe Morgan is the worst! Everytime he announces a Red Sox game does he have to remind us that he was on the 1975 Reds that won the World Series and it was the Red Sox that lost? He seems to think that everybody thinks the Red Sox won in '75 because of the Carlton fisk home run...I believe that everybody knows that before 2004 the Red Sox had not won the WS since 1918. Give it a rest Joe...

T-bone said...
Jun 4, 2007, 2:15:00 PM  

At least Jon Miller was adequately "prepared" for the game. He practically read Bob Ryan's Pedroia piece (Sunday) on the air. Of course, he couldn't attribute his story to anyone 'cause he didn't talk to anyone about Pedroia. Ryan's piece did all the talking. All Miller had to do was pick his spot to deliver the Cliff Notes and punchline ...

Anonymous said...
Jun 4, 2007, 2:30:00 PM  

The list of clueless announcers continues to grow. It's easy to keep McCarver at the top of the list, although Joe Morgan is mounting a strong challenger for the top position. But let's not forget Ken Harrelson. Thank goodness we don't hear him often, but whenever you do you've got to be talked off the ledge.

Anonymous said...
Jun 4, 2007, 2:43:00 PM  

Moneyball was one of the first to expose Joe Morgan as an old baseball dunce. Morgan denounced the entire moneyball concept without bothering to read the book -- and admitted it. It was notthe mention of Billy Beane that would have driven Morgan, it was drawing attention yet again to Lewis's book and Youk as the epitomoe of moneyball that would have done it. Poor Joe.

dc said...
Jun 4, 2007, 3:16:00 PM  

Also, don't forget the brilliant ESPN radio guys. I'm in the car listening to the Sunday game, and I have to spend about 3 straight minutes listening to those bozos go on about these "crazy signs" Varitek is putting down: "He tapped his shoulder TWICE, then he tapped his OTHER shoulder TWICE! What's he doing?!" The best they could come up with was that the Sox were clearly afraid that Posada on 2nd was stealing signs. Because, you know, it couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that the Sox have used those signs with runners on 2nd for YEARS!

Anonymous said...
Jun 4, 2007, 3:17:00 PM  

I don't know if anyone else caught this but Joe Morgan last night said..."Josh Beckett is leaving this game hoping to get his ninth year...of the season."

not only do they say dumb things, but they're very slow and forgetful

gah i love jerry and don

Anonymous said...
Jun 4, 2007, 4:35:00 PM  

Did you notice the uncomfortable pause when Jon asked Joe is he had ever been on a box of COCOA KRISPIES?? Oh my God, I thought I was going to die laughing. Of course, it was meant as a reference to Red Sox center fielder Coco Crisp -- nothing to do with Joe's race -- but I have to wonder if Joe felt that way, because there was quite an uncomfortable pause after that comment!

The more I have to endure listening to these horrendous ESPN and Fox announcers, the more I appreciate D.O. and RemDawg.

Anonymous said...
Jun 4, 2007, 5:15:00 PM  

Miller also had one where he said Ortiz had 9 homers, all of them at Fenway. When he realized his error about 3 pitches later, he corrected himself, and Morgan didn't even bother to recognize it, just kept babbling on about 1975...

mh said...
Jun 4, 2007, 5:15:00 PM  

john miller trumped morgans comments with his own...
he insisted that the blue jay players said that A-fraud said "I got it" when in fact (as the video shows) he says MINE....

Why do they all feel the need to try and protect a-bot?

Anonymous said...
Jun 4, 2007, 5:37:00 PM  

miller also incorrectly reported that the sox fans yelled AHHH when a-hole settled under a pop-up
the majority of them were yelling MINE which the (profile view video clearly shows)
your lips dont curl at the corners when you yell ahhhh....
a-fraud lies
mlb-protects

Anonymous said...
Jun 4, 2007, 5:42:00 PM  

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