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Bill:
If the Red Sox trade Manny Ramirez for Troy Glaus, then I wouldn't be surprised at all to also learn that the Red Sox sent their bank account info to Mr.Moses Odiaka of the credit and accounts department of the Union Bank of Nigeria because of an email they received concerning a Domicilliary account of the late Engineer Manfred Becker and his 18.5 million dollah fortune.

 


Bill:
Meanwhile if the Sox are just doing a rope-a-dope with all of this trade Manny talk to confuse him into thinking they did everything possible to trade him while secretly having no serious plan to trade him, well, it's working like a chahm, because I'm confused as all hell.

 

Mike:
No, kidding. When Bill Lajoie says "we're not going to get fair value for Manny in any way, shape, or form" and then proceeds to talk about how optimistic they are in completing a trade, my facial tic goes mofo spasmodic from the illogic of it all.

 

Bill:
It's gotta be a scam, right?

 

Mike:
Bettah be. If one of these "Manny in exchange for not-Manny" deals go through, it'll rival the Babe Ruth trade for infamy.

 

Bill:
Are you kidding me? It'll be the worst trade since our ancestahs duped the Indians into giving up their sacred land for a couple blankets, some assorted trinkets, and the introduction of venereal disease.

 

Mike:
Yeah, but at least Manny will be happy. That's the truly important thing in all this we that can't evah lose sight of.

 

Comments

Right there with you, Mr. B. This whole Manny thing impels me to consider the following:

What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?

It's funny that LL suspended the confused GM search to focus on confusing the New Manny search.

Typo in the first panel: one "s" in Glaus.

Manny is not going anywhere. Mark it down.

Why are the comments superimposed on ads to the left? Almost impossible to read...Can I fix this?

dirtdog- just gotta maximize man...... maximize....

Question.

If you're not going to replace him, and you're not going to get fair value for him, is it worth it to the Red Sox to pull a TO and pay Manny not to play? Do we realy want to see him in an Angels uni come October?

Ok Ric, I maximized the window, but I get the same problem, only bigger.........

I maximized the window, but I get the same problem, only bigger

What's your OS/browser combo?

Is this the first day you noticed the problem or was it there yesterday? How about last week?

No the problem's always been there and not being too computer literate, I didn' think much of it. I have windows me and explorer 6.0.

I have windows me and explorer 6.0

Dang, Win ME is the one OS I don't have access to, so I can't fool around to see if I can fix it.

Any chance I can talk you into downloading Mozilla Firefox and see if that clears up the problem?

It's available for ME and you can download it here:
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

Not to be a, you know, twit about this, but wouldn't "infamy" be much preferred over "infamousness"? I actually thought "infamousness" didn't even exist, but the OED does have it, though the last recorded instance of its use is back in 1675: "1647 CLARENDON Hist. Reb. IV. §131 The Infamousness of the Charge against him. 1675 J. SMITH Chr. Relig. App. I. 17 His Daughter and Niece, being for their infamousness, thrust by his own Decree into exile." Interesting how the 1675 quote does seem to apply perfectly to this situation ("Manny, being for his infamousness, thrust by Lucchino's own decree into exile.") Perhaps Mike came across this word because he is a fan of Restoration Comedy (1660-1700), famous like the Soxaholix for its "sexual explicitness, up-to-the-minute topical writing, crowded and bustling plots, introduction of the first professional actresses, and rise of the first celebrity actors." And of course, Mike might well have become interested in the Restoration period because of how Charles II pushed for tolerance of Catholics, and more importantly, conquered New Amsterdam (i.e., New York). It all makes sense now, yes.

Hopefully, this post will not live in infamousness.

Thanks hb, just downloaded mozilla and it looks great, should have asked a long time ago!!!

Not to be a, you know, twit about this, but wouldn't "infamy" be much preferred over "infamousness"?

Yes! As it goes, that was the original intent, but my spell check flagged "infamy." I thought that strange so went to dictionary.com and searched for it and the page displayed a blank. I assumed this was a glitch, so I just did a plain search on "infamous" hoping to see a reference to "infamy" there. But, nope, it listed instead "infamousness."

Yes, it sounded odd. Yes, it went against my own gut. Yes, I knew "infamy" must be a word because it's used in FDR's famous Pear Harbor speech (the anniversary of which is tomorrow, how appropriate).

However, at 515am, before the coffee has kicked in, I find it's usually in my best interest to trust the computer/web over my own brain.

In this case I was wrong.

So it's back to "infamy" for Mike.

Thanks hb, just downloaded mozilla and it looks great, should have asked a long time ago!!!

So glad to hear it worked!

And, even better, now you can block popup ads and you can be introduced to the wonders of "tabbed browsing" courtesy of Firefox.

It's a terrific browser.

What about a Manny for A-Rod trade?

(I couldn't help myself)

Oops, sorry for the previous comment:

Toronto's now the favorite for the division.

''First of all, we're not going to get fair value in any way, shape, or form," Lajoie said. ''He's an A-1 hitter, and if you trade him, you're not going to get value for him, man for man. And sometimes three or four pieces don't add up to one man."

Those kind of comments make me want to throw up. You think Glaus is going to protect Ortiz? J. Henry seems to have his head on straight on this one though. He fully understands that no one wants to see Papi walk 500 times next year, and equally understands that it would be idiotic to pay Manny to play against his club (you hear that Tom Hicks?) This seems like a classic case of the best action being inaction.

Burnett to Jays. Hmm- I'm seeing this one pan out similarly to PAvano to Skanks. No doubt that the Jays pitching staff is better, but how much is this guy really capable of? Time will tell.

BTW- Without any proof, I'd like to say that we have the best of the artists-formerly-known-as-Marlins Starting Pitchers.

A few comments:
1. Firefox rocks! I wish everyone would dump IE and get with the program, so to speak.
2. It's funny that LL suspended the confused GM search to focus on confusing the New Manny search.
It's called obfuscation, and Lucchino is the master of it.
3. Besides having to deal with the DH/pitcher difference, Burnett is going from one of the best pitcher's parks to one of the worst. And the NL East also featured Shea Stadium and RFK - two other pitcher's parks. Burnett is going to get lit up like a Christmas tree next year. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Manny may not know he doesn't want to go anywhere. Do or do not - there is no try. My guess is the sox mgmt, whatever state it may be in, is in the "do not" camp when it comes to the Man.

I missed yesterday's strip, but enjoyed the mango salsa ref. My kids crack up everytime they see that commercial and unfailingly go into a JD converstaion. Fits in with the offseason, too. "I don't have much of an appetite right now, thank you."

If the BJays do Burnett for the 5/$55m deal reported, I think we can all officially get off the JP bandwagon - and I had a serious man-crush on the guy when he came from Oakland.

The BJ Ryan deal is absolutely ridiculous (although it does provide another oral sex joke, since Mr. Ryan's initials have neither a 'b' nor a 'j' between them), and Burnett would be simply mismanaging your spending in a poor market. Besides being mediocre (or worse) outside of Pro Player for his career, he's an injury risk. Granted, both of these caveats apply to Beckett as well, but Beckett has the added advantage of youth, less mileage, and this being his age-26 season he's just leaving the 'injury nexus' for pitchers.

Dropping $100mil on a mid-rotation starter and a guy who will throw 70 innings? Wow. The AL East is certainly tougher, but the Fighting Ricciardis better hope their young pitchers come through (TINSTAAPP be damned), and that John Ford and the like start to come through - there might not be more blood in the stone.

hb-
I had the same problem as dirtdog starting yesterday with the new layout. Comments were almost impossible to read superimposed over the ads. Unfortunately can't tell you the browser info yet, since I am at home today with Firefox and the problem occured at work. Think it may be Win2K and IE, but I'll let you know in a couple days if it still happens

Damn, IE. I just confirmed a similar problem with Win2000/IE. The main strip/comments is not overlaying the left sidebar, but it's definitely pushed over to the left the exact number of pixels that the right sidebar takes up. It's supposed to be centered.

I think I can fix this pretty easy with some IE CSS hacks, but it won't be until the weekend before I can get to it.

Love Firefox.

HB - WSJ & the awards cover the Cask sign...c'mon I need my cup o'Clydesdale in the a.m. As I scroll down the page...it gets worse before it gets better...Luccino's face stands between me and the saloon! Maybe the old watering hole needs to go to a place of prominence...atop the page!

Anyway, good luck with the wrecking ball. Janet Marie or whatevah her name is could use you to fix her ballpahk.

All this trade talk is probably for the benefit of Manny and his agent. I'm sure they're not trading him for any Troy Glaus. At the end of the day it's really very simple: If Manny wants to earn $20 million, Manny shows up and plays baseball in Boston. If Manny wants to play baseball somewhere else, he shows up and plays GREAT baseball and shuts his mouth to show what a solid citizen he is until another team starts drooling over him enough to trade someone worth having. If he wants to stay in Boston and be miserable, he can show up and play lousy baseball and the Red Sox will bench him and nobody will want to trade for him and he'll be truly miserable in Boston for the next three years. Or if he really wants to leave Boston badly enough, he can pull a Michael Jordan or Ricky Williams. Retire, leave the money on the table and take up another occupation like basketball, ice hockey or smoking dope at home.

The Dodgers just hired Grady Gump!

Fans of every other team in the NL West rejoice!

LA dares to be stupid!

No kidding... trading Manny is unthinkable... like the B's trading Joey Thornton away for a pack of gum, a nickel, and a wish... oh, wait...

Why can't I see the smiling faces on my Mozilla? The text is there but not the graphics? And no I will not use IE to see the wonderful graphics

shoot what a lamo first post I am ashamed, I am not worthy I will go into my dunce corner and be a good boy. Forget the fact that I am on XP and all that good stuff, this is the best legal clean internet experience I have seen I will be a good lad going forward

Bill:
If the Red Sox trade Manny Ramirez for Troy Glaus, then I wouldn't be surprised at all to also learn that the Red Sox sent their bank account info to Mr.Moses Odiaka of the credit and accounts department of the Union Bank of Nigeria because of an email they received concerning a Domicilliary account of the late Engineer Manfred Becker and his 18.5 million dollah fortune.


good one... BTW: ya gotta check
out 419eater.com It's a website where
guys fuck with nigerian scammers as a hobby
The funniest section is the trophy room
where they somehow convince the scammers
to hold up signs with embarrasing slogans
like "I lick my ballsack"...

I think it's a story from life)

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