manny ramirez 9 1 3 Another Roider Joins the Sox

The Sox/Indians brunchtimer means Laurence Holmes and I will join you after the postgame show, ready to discuss the performance of Manny Ramirez.  He is in today’s lineup, batting 5th as the DH.

(Perhaps he should be deployed only as a looming pinch-hit threat, since the mere sight of him causes pitchers to hang sliders to be hit for three-run homers)  ;)

But all the moral hand-wringing should continue, today, right?  Since another Sox player is arriving in Cleveland with a 50-game suspension on his rap sheet.

Catcher Tyler Flowers played for the Sox in September last year, too.  He came to the team with Brent Lillibridge from the Braves in the Javier Vasquez deal in December of 2008.

He was suspended for 50 games in 2006 following a positive test for steroids, so shouldn’t that be of as much concern as that of a certain teammate?  Tell me why not.  Good luck.

Realize — I’m not taking a stand, here.  Just pointing out that any Sox fan’s feeling of discomfort should have been confronted and reconciled long before Ramirez arrived.

The haircut is not coming, apparently, trumped by Ramirez’s desires and/or prospective wig sales.  The barber in Cleveland reportedly gave him “a little tightening around the edges,” per the Trib.

We’ll see what the 129-pitch outing does to the resurgent Edwin Jackson.  You hate to see that necessitated, though I acknowledge the precarious relief situation (both those missing and those available but untrustworthy).

Mike Martz calls Jay Cutler “brilliant.”  Today, he calls off-the-street signee Todd Collins “remarkable.”  He said the Bears’ O-line did a “remarkably” better job in pass-protection.  Martz also called “Dinner for Schmucks” “Remarkable!  The comedy smash of the summer!  Steve Carrell has done it again!  Brilliant!”

“Who You Crappin?” is tomorrow at 5:00, as Steve Rosenbloom and I broadcast from the Titled Kilt in Elgin on the Bud Light “Who Needs Two?” Tavern Tour.  Friday, the Tour rolls into downtown Naperville, and Laurence Holmes sits in for Terry with me at The Lantern.

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