"Gas is up and so am I."
If that little nugget is representative of "Manny being Manny", then fill 'er up, please. You have to love the fact that Manny isn't hiding behind some false facade, like wanting to play where he "feels like a part of the family" (for example), which is admirable, if not completely fucking bogus (pardon my cynicism). No, Manny is pretty clear in where his priorities lie - here's the full quote:
"I just want to go home [to Florida] and spend some time with my family," Ramirez says, while adding with a grin, "I want to see who is the highest bidder. Gas is up and so am I."
Oh, and the next part of the story?
The Yankees, Blue Jays and Mets are amongst the teams believed to be interested in Ramirez.
Now look, nobody is saying that the pockets in Teddy Rogers' baseball pants (or trousers....I bet Ted wears trousers...) are as deep as those belonging to Freddy Wilpon or the Steinbrenner halfwits, but there's no reason they can't be. Mix in some understated hinting at the Beest's presser that Rogers might be talked into raising payroll, if even ever so slightly, and bingo bango bongo - we have the start of an interesting offseason.
Hell, the way things are shaping up, December might prove to be more exciting than the Jays' September march to the pLAYOFFS!
And yes, I realize how sad that is. Just let me have my fun.