Manny Ramirez missed a fourth consecutive game
on Monday with an ongoing case of pharyngitis. Ramirez
caused a stir Saturday night after he was seen
socializing with Yankee infielder Enrique Wilson in a
public place. Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald lets
Manny Ramirez have it with both barrels at point blank
range while her colleague, Michael Silverman, reports
that Ramirez's continuing absence owing to a soar
throat is bothering his teammates. While he does not
mention Ramirez in a different article, the headline
sure seems like a reference to him. Is "Banged up
Damon plays with pain" a shot at Ramirez?
And then there was one. Claude Passeau passed away on
Saturday, halving the world's population of one of its
rarest beings: pitchers who won a World Series game
for the Cubs. Passeau had a fine 13-year career in
which he won 162 games and usually had an ERA better
than that of the National League. In 1945, he started
two games for the Cubs against the Detroit Tigers and
won Game 3 with a masterful one-hitter. He didn't fare
as well in Game 6 but still managed a quality start in
a game the Cubs went on to win in the ninth. The
pitcher credited with the victory in that game, Hank
Borowy, is now the only living man who can boast of
having been the winning pitcher in a Series game while
wearing a Cubs uniform.
Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch believes baseball would be better served
with even more wild-card teams. While admitting that it
would reward mediocrity, he believes that it is good
for the sport and good for the fans.
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