The second time, it was easily justifiable: the NFL was in town. Besides, it was just too convenient for Manny to be in town on the exact same day that players without a contract officially became free agents.
But now, well, as much as I warned people earlier about the amazing amount of nonsense that goes on behind the scenes, and how the majority of rumours we’ll be hearing over the next few months will be steeped in other people’s ulterior motives . . . this whole Manny thing might have legs.
Ramirez was spotted at Toronto Pearson International Airport, about to fly out of the city early Sunday morning.
I know. I know. I don’t want to think so little of Toronto to suggest that the only reason that Manny could be here would be to talk over terms of a contract, or that Manny would have anything to do with talking over terms of a contract. The Big Smoke is a hell of a town, and who knows, maybe all this early Monday morning flight business means that Manny has some skirt holed up in the city, and he graces her with his presence over the weekends. Who knows?
Well, Rob Pizzola, a radio producer at The Score, followed the Manny photo tweet with the following: “Apparently Manny spent a few days negotiating with the Blue Jays front office . . . it looks like a deal is on the horizon.”
Even if Manny was just visiting and he’s as unaware as anyone else about Alex Anthopoulos’ free agent negotiation strategy, surely the buzz created by the ongoing Manny sightings means something to this team.
When was the last time Toronto fans were getting excited over spotting baseball players in town? We’ve heard about the hockey moms of North York falling into a pleasure coma shortly after running into Darcy Tucker at a grocery store. We’ve seen ladies getting rebuffed by Jose Calderon lining up at Milestones. But how many baseball players in Toronto are recognizable enough to the fair weather fans of Toronto to be pulled aside at the airport by supporters and have their pictures taken with them?
I know that the impact of one single player on ticket sales is normally negligible, but if any player could properly put that theory to the test in any market, it would be Manny in Toronto.
And The Rest
Scott Boras admits that the market for Manny may be slim.
Hiroki Kuroda resigns with the Dodgers for $12 million. It’s hard to regret one year deals, but Los Angeles certainly are trying.
Is nothing sacred, Chicago?
Tsuyoshi Nishioka is about to be posted.
Is “groupthink” swaying opinion toward Felix Hernandez?
A periodic table of Hall of Famers because . . . well, why not?
Beer company isn’t buds with MLB. Man, I kill me.
Man vs. Food visits three baseball stadiums before pitching a spinoff: Man vs. Restroom.
The Omaha Royals are now the Omaha Storm Chasers. And to think, Twister only came out 14 years ago? Remember when people thought Helen Hunt was attractive?
Finally, Larry David has a great curb ball. Oh man, I’m on fire today!