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Saying Goodbye To Terry Francona

Francona said his final good byes to the media and Red Sox Nation yesterday, but overall, he'll certainly be missed!

By Matt Noonan 

It’s never easy to say, so long, farewell or simply… goodbye.

Friday is a day that’ll live in infamy, as Boston Red Sox fans watched Terry Francona walk away from his managerial position and into the sunset. Although, while no one may know the exact reason why Tito decided to pack up and leave his office, it’s certainly fair to say, he was hands down the right guy for the job.

Francona inherited a group of “idiots” that became legends after their most improbable comeback against the New York Yankees in ’04. He also ended Boston’s miserable ongoing curse against the St. Louis Cardinals in the October Classic, and won an additional title three years later against the Colorado Rockies.

Yet, besides leading the Red Sox to two World Series championships, he was also considered a “players manager.” Guys like Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Millar gelled quite well under him, while players like Manny Ramirez or Pedro Martinez butted heads, but still respected his decisions.

In fact, Pedroia told ESPNBoston.com, “He’s had my back, he gave me a chance when I was struggling as a rookie. I was hitting .150 and he stood by me and helped me become the player that I am today. I’ll forever remember that.”

He’ll certainly be missed and yes, it will be quite different seeing someone else sporting a Boston uniform, and calling the shots next season, but overall, he’ll always be remembered as the manager that sent Babe Ruth’s curse to the grave, and brought the spirit of baseball back to the Hub.

Daily Noontime – September 23, 2011

Should Manny Ramirez be allowed to play in the Dominican Republic?

It’s… FRIDAY! Happy weekend to everyone and of course, here’s the Daily Noontime for September 23, 2011! 

Headlines: 

* Friday marks the final regular series meeting between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. However, while the Yankees have clinched the American League East division, the Sox are hoping their recent losing skid will end in the Bronx, so they can earn a spot in the MLB postseason.

* According to multiple reports, the MLB won’t allow Manny Ramirez to play baseball in the Dominican Republic.

* President Barack Obama has decided to honor the 1985 Chicago Bears at the White House later this year, although former head coach Mike Ditka admitted that he’s sorry Walter Payton won’t be there to celebrate their achievements.

* Similarly to the Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves National League Wild Card lead has diminished and as of Friday, they’re losing skid could tarnish their final six games of the season.

* On Thursday evening, Jimmer Fredette put on a show at his former stomping grounds of BYU against other highly touted rookies, as well as helped his team win, 140-126.

* According to multiple reports, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo‘s lungs have healed, which is certainly a good sign.

Games to Watch:

* Boston at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Atlanta at Washington (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Toronto at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* UCF at Brigham Young (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Hockey season is right around the corner, which means … time to pick up a copy of NHL 12, right? 

 

 

Daily Noontime – September 14, 2011

Finally, Tim Wakefield earned his 200th career win on the mound Tuesday!

Happy “Hump” day to everyone and welcome into yet another awesome edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s the headlines and news of the day, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* After eight excruciating outings, the Boston Red Sox and their fans watched Tim Wakefield earn his 200th career win on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

* The New York Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera celebrated a significant milestone on Tuesday, as he earned his 600th career save against the Seattle Mariners.

* According to a recent report, Manny Ramirez is out of jail, but will be facing “criminal prosecution on charges that he slapped his wife during an argument.”

* Former New England Patriot linebacker Tedy Bruschi was happy to see his team win on Monday against the Miami Dolphins, but also feels that Chad Ochocinco has a lot to improve on.

* Justin Verlander earned his 23rd victory of the season on Tuesday, as well as helped the Detroit Tigers win their 11th game in a row.

* Once again, the NBA Lockout remains at a standstill, as meetings on Tuesday in New York City concluded with no accomplishments or moves.

Games to Watch: 

* Toronto at Boston (MLB) – 1:35pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Houston (MLB) – 2:05pm eastern 

* Detroit at Chicago White Sox (MLB) – 2:10pm eastern 

* Cleveland at Texas (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

In case you missed Tuesday’s celebration, here’s the Red Sox and their fans honoring Wakefield! 

Daily Noontime – September 13, 2011

Tom Brady was fantastic on Monday, as he tossed four touchdowns against the Dolphins!

Happy Tuesday y’all and welcome into yet another awesome edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s the news and headlines of the day, enjoy friends! 

Headlines: 

* Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense walloped the Miami Dolphins defense on Monday, as the star-studded quarterback threw for 517 yards in the victory.

* Despite earning an exciting win on Monday, the Patriots also watched defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth play quite well in his first regular contest with New England.

* Once again, Manny Ramirez found himself in more trouble, as he was recently arrested and charged with battery on Monday.

* Kyle Orton and the Denver Broncos were punished on Monday evening against the Oakland Raiders, who beat their divisional foe, 23-20.

* According to recent reports, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick wants to figure out how to stop blitz packages, so he can remain comfortable in the pocket.

* It was an exciting finish at the U.S. Open on Monday, as the world sawNovak Djokovic captured the title and defeated Rafael Nadal.

Games to Watch: 

* Tampa Bay at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Toronto at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

* Cleveland at Texas (MLB) – 8:05pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Seattle (MLB) – 10:10pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Are you allowed to swear on national television? Ask the Monday Night Football crew! 

Maloney: Yet Another Case of Manny Being Manny

Manny Ramirez never seems to disappoint!

By Brian Maloney

Manny Ramirez always finds a way to be in the news.  Last week he was informed that he failed a drug test that had been taken during Spring Training and the punishment would be a 100-game suspension.

At the age of 38, Manny probably realized that it would be too difficult to return after missing half a season from suspension, and therefore decided simply, and abruptly, to call his career.

It has not been made public which drug he tested positive for — with Manny’s reputation it may have been marijuana as opposed to a second steroid-related positive test — but the news of pending consequences has ended the career of arguably the best right-handed hitter of the last 20 years.

As Red Sox fans, we never wanted to believe that Manny was on anything.  He didn’t look like he was juicing; he looked like he could just as easily be on his couch watching baseball rather than playing it.  Manny had a smooth swing and everything just looked easy.  He was never a homerun hitter, but rather a pure gap hitter that could slap the ball so well that it went over the fence.

Someone so carefree couldn’t be on steroids, right?  As I mentioned, the only drugs that people expected he could be on would be those of the recreational variety. However, as “Manny being Manny” became more extreme and his production so drastically dropped off after his first suspension — minus that month or so immediately following — it became more believable that Manny’s skill could not all be natural.

So how will Manny be remembered?

As a top 10 all-time in Slugging and a top 15 all-time in Home Runs?

Most people, I’m assuming, would lean toward the latter, with Manny being a goofball.  Most wouldn’t dispute that he was a great hitter, but just that his ability is now tainted.

Manny’s antics are indisputable and will never be forgotten.  He certainly acted dumb at times and had poor judgment in his role, doing things that no one else could get away with. But he was just “Manny being Manny”.

People will look at his positive tests and crazy shenanigans before they even think about his actual playing ability. And that will cost him a spot in the Hall of Fame.  In a time that nobody accepts any tomfoolery on the part of professional athletes, two positive drug tests is a nothing short of a blow.

But this opens up another debate.

It is becoming more and more difficult to find Hall of Fame-worthy players from that last 25 years that can be proven to be absolutely clean? Where does this leave Major League Baseball?

MLB has two choices: either continue to shun everyone who is mentioned in the same sentence as steroids, or just understand that steroid use was just another era of baseball and it should be treated as such.

The main issue is that there is no way to go back and determine who was using performance enhancers and who wasn’t.  Testing was not as good 15 to 20 years ago and a lot of athletes who were using could have escaped a positive test.

This is why I take the other side.

MLB and the Baseball Writers of America need to get off their moral high horses and let players like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro and future Hall of Famers like Manny and Alex Rodriguez have their rightful places in Cooperstown.

If MLB really had an issue with rampant steroid use then they would have punished people when they were playing and as they were using.  Instead, MLB took full advantage of the spectacle and took every cent that it produced.  Only when use started to die down and the public started caring about steroid use did they go back and shun those individuals that used steroids.

As things stand today, Manny Ramirez has forever tarnished his legacy and has no chance at Cooperstown.  But, that doesn’t change the fact that he was a great hitter, a great entertainer and a huge part of MLB teams that brought the World Series back to Boston.

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