05.13.05

Gammons Buries Manny, Bodley Bummed About World Cup

Posted in Baseball at 7:17 pm by

The World’s Oldest Living Buffalo Tom fan on WEEI yesterday (Windows Media Player required), lowering the boom on Boston’s Manny Ramirez. :

I find him as distracted as any time I can ever remember him. He just doesn’t seem to be into the games at all. I had a fan come up to me at the ballpark and say “how in the world could you not pick Manny as one of the 5 best players in baseball?” Are you kidding me? I mean there were other priorities, the qualifications for the other selections were defense, baserunning, accountability, leadership. But I was just amazed, the guy was really angry about it.

Give Hal Bodley credit for looking at the big picture. While MLB and the Players Association have a unique opportunity to enhance baseball’s global appeal, USA Today’s Bodley is worried about messing with spring training.

Maybe I’m missing something, or too much a purist, but why does baseball need a world cup or the World Baseball Classic as it’s going to be called?

Spring training is a sacred time on baseball’s calendar, but now the best players are going to be flitting around the globe, representing their countries in this world affair.

Will winning this be more important than a World Series title? I hope not.

I’m mystified by how MLB and the union are going to pull this off.

If I were a manager or a general manager, I’d be concerned about the impact the tournament will have on spring training. Players could be lost to their teams for nearly three weeks, although MLB insists it’s more like two weeks. Spring training is vitally important for getting players ready for the season.

5 Responses to “Gammons Buries Manny, Bodley Bummed About World Cup”

  1. Chuck Meehan says:

    Ummm..”flitting around the globe?” The Asian first round will be played in Japan, the rest of the rounds will be played in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Arizona with subsequent rounds at MLB parks. Does this writer presume that that the US, Dominican and Venezuelan teams will be flying over to Australia, The Netherlands and Korea to play the games against their teams?

  2. Chuck Meehan says:

    I should have read the link first…ummm how does this guy come up with
    “flitting around the globe” when he knows the basic schedule that is laid out?…Ichiro and at least Hideki Matsui will be fine…ahhh never mind….

  3. ben schwartz says:

    Gammons is still picking the Cubs as the NL Wild Card. Personally, I think he’s been drunk since the Red Sox won the Series — as much as I appreciate his confidence and all.

  4. kt says:

    did you say “oldest living buffalo tom fan” or “only living buffalo tom fan”? or does it matter?

  5. CSTB says:

    I know another Buffalo Tom fan. So they have at least two.

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