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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

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.

Yo, KC

That headline’s a just a little shoutout to a former roommate of mine who has the unfortunate luck to be a Kansas City Royals fan. But he lucked out last Friday, when I got to witness an epic shelling of Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield at Fenway.

Not pretty.

5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield pitches to Royals second baseman Mike Aviles in the first inning on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield jumps over Royals second baseman Mike Aviles, who scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz slaps his bat after striking out with two men on base in the fourth inning against the Royals on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefiled waits for the ball after giving up a grand slam to Royals shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, left, in the fourth inning on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew watches fans bobble a 2-run home run ball from Royals centerfielder Mitch Maier in the eighth inning on May 28, 2010.


5.28.2010 — BOSTON — A Red Sox scoreboard operator walks past some unfriendly numbers on the scoreboard in the Red Sox 12-5 loss to the Royals on May 28, 2010.

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