Manny being Manny once too often
The Red Sox have put up with a lot from Manny Ramirez over the past few years, but they finally drew the line when his words and actions called into question the integrity of the management and ownership, and threatened to unravel a contending team.
It would be easy to say the Sox finally just got fed up with him, but it was more than that. They have put up with his foolishness before -- smoothing things over with all that Manny-being-Manny garbage -- and probably would have again to make another postseason run. He just made it too clear that keeping him would be more painful than throwing in a couple of decent prospects to get a solid run producer in return for him. I'm guessing they won't be sorry they picked up Jason Bay in the deal.
Now Manny is Joe Torre's problem, but that won't be a problem because he'll be motivated to put the Dodgers over the top and thumb his nose at the Red Sox. What happens after that is anybody's guess.
The Red Sox dropped their options on 2009 and 2010 to get the deal done and agreed to pay the rest of Manny's salary for this season. He'll be a free agent in November and hopes to make one last big score. It'll be interesting to see what the market is for him after what happened this week.
While we're waiting to find out, here's one more look at Manny being Manny in a good way -- hitting his 500th career home run at Oriole Park two months ago.