He may not know where he’s going to be playing next season, but Manny Ramirez and his varied quirks left an indelible impression on his former club, the Boston Red Sox.
Comcast SportsNet England will pay tribute to that curious legacy, with a half-hour documentary underlining part of Boston’s sports lexicon, Manny Being Manny on Christmas at 8 p.m., immediately following the regional sports network’s Celtics-Lakers Post Game Live coverage (The rematch of last year’s NBA Finals tips off on ABC.)
The special analyzes Ramirez’s controversial Red Sox career; his bond with fans who continually forgave his transgressions; his off-season preparation for the 2008 season; and his hiring of super agent Scott Boras, who is currently trying to find a lucrative deal for the slugger, who was traded in mid-season and led the Los Angeles Dodgers to an appearance in the National League Championship Series.
The film reviews the key moments that led up to his departure: a fight with Kevin Youkilis in the dugout; the Jack McCormick clubhouse incident; Manny’s no-swing at bat in Yankee Stadium; and his mysterious July knee injury.
It concludes with a perspective of Ramirez’s time with the Sox, which featured two World Series titles, a World Series MVP, four trips to the postseason, and the most prosperous run for the club in a century.
Manny Being Manny features candid comments from Boston sports writers and personalities, including Dan Shaughnessy (Boston Globe), Steve Buckley (Boston Herald), Sean McAdam (Boston Herald), Gerry Callahan (WEEI), and Rob Bradford (WEEI.com).
The special will air throughout the holidays.