Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Let's Retire #24 at Fenway

I hope the news that Manny Ramirez tested positive for performance enhancing drugs finally closes the book on one of the most self-absorbed athletes ever to dawn a Red Sox uniform. In 7.5 years in Boston, we watched him quit on his team, shove a 65 year old Red Sox employee to the ground, refuse to attend the 2006 All-Star Game despite receiving the most fan votes, throw a punch at Kevin Youkilis, and so many other "Manny Moments". It's too bad that a player who played such a large role in helping the Red Sox turn the corner turned out to be such a hateful character.

In light of this recent development, I hope the Red Sox do the right thing and retire the #24 in honor of the greatest right fielder to ever to patrol the land by the Pesky Pole - Dwight Evans. Dewey won 8 Gold Gloves, hit 385 home runs(more than Jim Rice), played in three All-Star Games, and had more home runs and extra base hits than ANY player in the 1980's. He is a consummate professional and should be in the Hall of Fame. I don't know what it will take to get him there, but the Red Sox can start by retiring his number and closing the book on Manny.

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