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Manny Being Manny

Manny Ramirez.

Everybody in Boston knows who this guy is. They also know how much of a doofus he is, too. But, man, could he hit.

I was tasked with covering the former Red Sox great’s first trip back to Fenway since the Sox traded him to the Dodgers back in 2008. It was no big surprise why they did it — he was generally regarded as a clubhouse cancer toward the end of his time in Boston — so it was going to be interesting to see what the crowd reaction would be when he returned. Though it probably didn’t help things that he made some disparaging comments around Boston on his way out…

Here’s my Manny photo gallery, because let’s face it, it’s not like anything really matters when the prodigal force behind two World Series championships comes back to town.

6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Former teammates David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez joke around during batting practice at Fenway Park on June 18, 2010. It was Ramirez' first game back since being traded by the Red Sox in 2008.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Former Red Sox star and current Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez hugs his friend, coaching assistant Ino Guerrero, during batting practice at Fenway Park on June 18, 2010. It was Ramirez' first game back since being traded by the Red Sox in 2008.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez yells to his former teammates in right field before his first game at Fenway since being traded to the Dodgers in 2008 on June 18, 2010.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Dodgers designated hitter Manny Ramirez shrugs his shoulders while watching a highlight reel of his accomplishments in Boston during his first at-bat at Fenway since being traded in 2008, on June 18, 2010. He was booed loudly by the Fenway crowd.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Fans show mixed reactions after Manny Ramirez lined out in the second inning in his first at-bat at Fenway since being traded in 2008, on June 18, 2010.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Dodgers manager Joe Torre and designated hitter Manny Ramirez watch the action against the Red Sox from the dugout on June 18, 2010.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — The Fenway crowd cheers after Dodgers designated hitter Manny Ramirez struck out to end the game on June 18, 2010.

Here’s how the Herald played the Manny coverage:

6.19.2010 — Boston Herald sports cover

Lackluster, but effective

Thursday’s Red Sox-Diamondbacks game was a bit of a mixed bag. Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey was hit pretty hard throughout much of the game — four runs on eight hits — but was bailed out by timely hitting and smart baserunning from the offense. He kept the Sox in the game, which is really all you can ask of a starting pitcher, and walked away with the win.

Usually in tight games like this, there’s some defense that gives one team the edge. And of course, defense is always my favorite part of the game to photograph. So, with that in mind, here’s a brief selection of the photos from the game.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey pitches to the Diamondbacks in the first inning on June 17, 2010.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew waits for Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis to get closer to the bag before tagging him out on a steal attempt in the first inning on June 17, 2010.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey walks back to the mound as Diamonbacks shortstop Stephen Drew scores on a double in the third inning on June 17, 2010.

6.10.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox third baseman catches Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young on a steal attempt at third to end the third inning on June 17, 2010.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox centerfielder Darnell McDonald had Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew turned upside down after stealing second base in the third inning on June 17, 2010.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz pounds his chest after driving in center fielder Darnell McDonald, right, with a 2-run home run in the third inning against the Diamondbacks on June 17, 2010.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey looks to the video board replay after giving up the lead to the Diamondbacks in the fifth inning on June 17, 2010.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the Diamondbacks on June 17, 2010.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen screams after getting out of a bases-loaded jam against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning on June 17, 2010.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — ed Sox left fielder Daniel Nava gets a fist bump from designated hitter David Ortiz after scoring in the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks on June 17, 2010.

And of course, the night wouldn’t be complete with a little cross-team promotion. Unfortunately, Wally’s cheers did nothing to help the Celtics’ collapse in Game 7 on the West Coast.

6.17.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster leads the Fenway Crowd in a "Beat L.A." chant shortly before the start of the Celtics-Lakers Game 7 during the seventh inning of the Sox-Diamondbacks game on June 17, 2010.

Wake Up

Watching a knuckleballer can quickly become a lesson in how things can go from being very good to very bad in a very short amount of time. Take Tim Wakefield, for instance. Sunday was the second game in a row where I got to see Wakefield’s otherwise decent pitching performance get done in by a single big inning.

Here’s a quick run down in photos of the day’s action.

6.13.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia gets taken off his feet by Phillies second baseman Chase Utley after turning a double play to end a bases-loaded jam in the first inning on June 13, 2010.

6.13.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield pitches to the Phillies in the first inning on June 13, 2010.


6.13.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre gets a slap on the back from designated hitter David Ortiz after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Phillies on June 13, 2010.


6.13.2010 — BOSTON — Phillies left fielder Raul Ibañez can't get to a double from Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro in the third inning on June 13, 2010.


6.13.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield looks to right field, where Phillies left fielder Raul Ibañez hit a 2-run home run in the fourth inning, on June 13, 2010.


6.13.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre pouts after striking out and stranding two men against the Phillies in the seventh inning on June 13, 2010.


6.13.2010 — BOSTON — Phillies shortstop Juan Castro gets his double play attempt broken up by Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez in the sixth inning on June 13, 2010.


6.13.2010 — BOSTON — Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco slides in safely ahead of the tag from Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the eighth inning on June 13, 2010.


6.13.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia argues a safe call for Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco, right, on a close play at second with umpire Paul Emmel in the eighth inning on June 13, 2010.

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