Manny Mota-Great pinch hitter…not a Yankee
Manny Ramirez- Truly exceptional hitter-not a Yankee
Manny Pacquiao- Legendary in the ring-not a Yankee
Manny Sanguillen-Loved to watch him catch-not a Yankee
Manny Machado-26-tremendous talent-not Charlie Hustle-not yet a Yankee
And so as we close out the 2018 calendar year, when the football teams are thinking of the Bahamas, St. John’s is trying to save the MSG hardwood (Btw…if the Knicks won seven in a row…they would build a statue of Knox outside Penn Station…but I digress), maybe one of the hockey teams will emerge for the post-season, Brodie goes Don King on everyone…and it’s all about Manny. Highlights of his visit at 11…and what do we get?… a black SUV pulling into the parking garage…did they use regular or super unleaded?
The Yankees are in the hunt, even though many pundits feel that Bryce from Las Vegas is a better fit. Makes no difference. The Yankees go for the win in April…and they certainly go for the win in December! They don’t want ‘Green Book’, which by all accounts is a stellar flick. The Cash-Man wants to unload the ATM…he wants ‘Aquaman’!! And right now, Manny is The Man…both Aqua and Spider (97% on Rotten…just saying).
The Yanks are always casting their line in the water…if not looking to catch the big fish, certainly to be noticed with all hands on deck. They do have a need…Didi is down…and we’re not sure when he’s coming back, or how effective he will be. Manny is a huge talent…and, despite the fears of not running to first (highly overrated)…I don’t care if he runs the bases backwards (cue Jimmy Piersall…’Fear Strikes Out’…you can Google it). Talent wins. Look at Brodie. He knew he didn’t have enough good players. So he went and got some. The Cash-Man knows you can never have enough talent. And so let’s stir the Manny pond. Will they go for 10 years? Can they outbid the Phillies and the Sox? Will Manny take a discount because he can lunch with Carlos Beltran (that move to put Carlos in the front office may rank with Larry Brown hiring Ed Manning (Danny) and Coach Cal inking Milt Wagner (DeJuan) if Double M takes up residence in the Bronx). Baseball in December. Hardball under the mistletoe. Who will be the surprise present at the pinstriped Holiday Party?
I still like the Harper fit better.
With all due respect to the one of nine LeBron rejects on Tuesday night, Mason’s deed in South Beach was far more meaningful…if you don’t believe me, read this:
One of the gems of the Christmas break…Howard goes on vacation, and it’s the best of his 2018 interviews non-stop…Jane Fonda, Snoop, Mandy Moore, etc….need something on the drive to Poughkeepsie!
The final season of ‘House of Cards’ unfortunately, does not have an ace in the hole.
As the Mueller investigation shows…and what NBA GMs have demonstrated over the years…when you want to keep your trades out of the paper…you can.
It’s almost over…but ‘Escape from Dannemora’ on Showtime was excellent. Ben Stiller directed…and showed the world he’s more than just Greg Focker!
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