Someone send Red Sox Nation a memo, they might want to get all of their “Ramirez 24″ memorabilia ready for a bonfire. If word from the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS’ Mark Feinsand carries any credibility, former Boston all-everything outfielder Manny Ramirez is confidently telling friends that the Yankees will offer him a deal of at least three years, a marriage that would surpass the Johnny Damon defection in the pantheon of the greatest Judas moves in sports history.
(Soon to be a hated mural in Boston.)
Here’s the straight shot from Feinsand’s story — the latest in a string he’s been out in front on — as directly as you can get it:
“Manny Ramirez has told friends that he is confident the Yankees will offer him a contract of at least three years.”
Sure, Ramirez has a long way to go before he’s actually playing for the Yankees. After all, New York has yet to offer him a contract, let alone negotiate over whether he has to shave his dreadlocks, speak to the media or re-attend public high school in the Bronx to prove that he does, in fact, have an education above the fourth-grade level.
Winning doesn’t come cheap, as Tony Massarotti of the BOSTON HERALD points out. After crunching the numbers, the Red Sox’s 2007 World Series championship cost the club around $300 million.
• 2007 payroll: $165 million
• The rights to Daisuke Matsuzaka: $51 million
• Contribution to MLB’s revenue sharing: $80 million
• Luxury tax: $6 million
But there’s one sum John Henry & Red Sox Nation value most of all:
THOMAS CONVICTION COULD PUNCTURE POPCORN SALES: Now that Isiah Thomas has been found liable for sexual harassment, the real concern is - what about the popcorn?
Darren Rovell of CNBC looks for a kernel of truth in the Dale & Thomas Popcorn company, a popcorn producer partially owned by the punished pervert.Before the legal troubles were trampled upon Thomas, the company was featuring the former Indiana U. star as the smiling face of the brand. Now, there’s nary a mention of Isiah and his connection to the business.
But they’re not totally out of the celebrity limelight, as the gourmet poppers still claim themselves as Oprah’s favorite (Chocolate Chunk ‘n’ Caramel being the lady’s prime choice).
And now a small Boston-based business is hopping on the popcorn wagon and taking advantage of the situation. T&T Buds fires the latest salvo in the Boston-New York rivalry with this campaign:
And the mudslinging doesn’t stop there. The company is using Isiah’s notoriety as a former spokesman of Popcorn Board’s National Poppin’ Popcorn Month to get the position themselves.If only Orville Redenbacher was still around to act as peacemaker.