LOS ANGELES – Home to the AIG bailout party, St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California will be the home to what agent Scott Boras calls his “little Popsicle stand.”
Among freezer flavors Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Eric Gagne, and Jason Varitek sits Boras’ big stick, Manny Ramirez who is looking for a GM with a sweet tooth and pockets padded enough to accommodate at least $25 million for each of the next 3 years plus.
After batting nearly .400 for the Dodgers in the regular season and more than .500 in the postseason, Manny secured himself the top spot at Boras’ popsicle stand, admitting “Gas is up and so am I.”
So will the Dodgers, who could potentially lose Derek Lowe, Rafael Furcal, Casey Blake, Brad Penny, Jeff Kent, Nomar Garciaparra, and Greg Maddux, make the wise move and dish out the cash for Ramirez? Or will the postseason proven Dodgers succumb to the talent they’ve relied on to secure second and third place finishes over the last 20 years with the likes of Juan Pierre and Andruw Jones who hit fewer homeruns in the regular season than Manny Ramirez did in the 2008 Dodger post-season?
With history as my guide, my prediction is that in 2009, Manny Ramirez will not wear Dodger blue, leaving me with all I’ve had to hold onto since 1988 – the Dodger blues…