When reporters heard that the Red Sox had traded Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers, we all wanted to get reaction from the Yankees.
It was the natural story to do. No Manny = good times in New York.
Brian Cashman wouldn’t bite. He has seen too many times when everybody in the game thought one thing and the exact opposite came true.
Carl Pavano had seven offers to choose from when he was a free agent. When he signed with the Yankees, it was considered a great victory. How did that work out?
Remember how people thought Theo Epstein was a genius for getting Eric Gagne at this time last season?
Be assured that Mike Mussina and the rest of the pitchers were thrilled to get the news. Manny is 60 of 132 (.455) with 25 extra-base hits, 30 walks and 40 RBI in his last 39 games against the Yankees.
But be careful about celebrating. Cashman’s point was it does no good to crow over the departure of Manny unless the Yankees take care of business first. Everybody was smiling during batting practice yesterday then went out and got destroyed by the Angels.