You can say a lot of things about Tim McCarver, but the guy rarely pulls any punches. The Philly Inquirer talked with the FOX analyst about the NLCS, and he had some interesting things to say about Manny Ramirez. He even went so far as to say that his actions in Boston were “despicable”….
“It’s extraordinary – the dichotomy between what he was in Boston and what he is in Los Angeles,” McCarver said. “I mean, talk about wearing out your welcome in a town, and it was a long welcome with the Red Sox. But some of the things he did were simply despicable, despicable – like not playing, refusing to play. Forgetting what knee to limp on. And now it’s washed, it’s gone.”
Not gone in Boston, McCarver said, but he gives Ramirez his complete due for what he’s done in L.A.
“A rejuvenated Manny, I think it would be fair to say,” McCarver said, sitting in the Phillies dugout yesterday. “More than old Manny. Manny’s doing things that even Manny doesn’t do, [like] scoring on a double to right field from first base.”
TBL called the comments a “swipe”, and while I wouldn’t go that far, it’s still odd that McCarver went that far (especially as an ex-Phillie). He’s obviously right about the Dodger, but again….not sure why he was THAT honest. Should be an interesting call come this Thursday.
Update: McCarver was also on the DP Show today talking about Manny as well….
McCarver calls Manny’s behavior in Boston ‘despicable’ (The Dan Patrick Show)