OK…So Manny strides to the plate in the bottom of the first inning tonight, to a (at least partially) standing ovation. I listened very closely for any boos or dissenting comments and heard none. None. Now if you read the newspapers the last two weeks, or watched TV or listened to sports radio, you’d think the guy would’ve been pelted with rotten tomatoes by the fans as he came out of the dugout. So what does it mean? Was it the fans (unconsciously even) sending a message to the hateful Boston sports media? Or were they just overjoyed to see Manny? A little of both, perhaps?
So the next time you hear some broadcaster or sportswriter muttering that Bill Belichick never tells them anything, take that as a sign. If Belichick didn’t feel like wasting his time with them, you probably shouldn’t either.