Hey, remember when Manny Ramirez shoved Jack McCormick, the sixty-something Boston Red Sox traveling secretary? Yeah, me neither, we barely covered it, instead focusing on superstar Red Sox hurler David Aardsma's daddy issues. Welp, it turns out the Red Sox brass are pisssssssssed at Manny:
According to former WBZ sports director Bob Lobel, Manny Ramirez was fined a six-figure amount for his June altercation with Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick -- and he wasn't happy about it. "Manny was fined six figures to go to a charity," Lobel said this morning on sports radio WEEI. "That got [Manny's] attention ... he became a petulant child by being punished. No matter what the crime was, pushing an employee, that was the issue ... he acted out [after they fined him]. They got his attention. He doesn't like to be punished in any way, shape, or form... "
I don't know who this Bob Lobel character is, but he shore got hisself a scoop! A six figure fine for shoving a sextegenarian! Six figures could buy a whole lotta grills on eBay. Six figures will even put a hurtin' on Manny's $20 million annual earnings! Six figures are enough to bu...oh wait a minute, the fine was only in the $10,000-$15,000 range, as per the Boston Globe's Gordon Edes. Perhaps Mr. Lobel was counting the figures after the decimal point. And then subtracting one. And then carrying the denominator under the integral sign and dividing by e. Math is hard.
Lobel then went on to imply that Manny's taking three strikes looking from Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of a July 6th Yankees win "was a big [expletive] to the Red Sox after the fine." Okay, just so we're all in agreement...radio hosts are all full of shit, yes? Good.
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