Writers Bloc: Missing Manny

Updated: September 2, 2003, 8:16 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • Manny Ramirez missed a fourth consecutive game on Monday with an ongoing case of pharyngitis. Ramirez caused a stir Saturday night after he was seen socializing with Yankee infielder Enrique Wilson in a public place. Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald lets Manny Ramirez have it with both barrels at point blank range while her colleague, Michael Silverman, reports that Ramirez's continuing absence owing to a soar throat is bothering his teammates. While he does not mention Ramirez in a different article, the headline sure seems like a reference to him. Is "Banged up Damon plays with pain" a shot at Ramirez?

  • And then there was one. Claude Passeau passed away on Saturday, halving the world's population of one of its rarest beings: pitchers who won a World Series game for the Cubs. Passeau had a fine 13-year career in which he won 162 games and usually had an ERA better than that of the National League. In 1945, he started two games for the Cubs against the Detroit Tigers and won Game 3 with a masterful one-hitter. He didn't fare as well in Game 6 but still managed a quality start in a game the Cubs went on to win in the ninth. The pitcher credited with the victory in that game, Hank Borowy, is now the only living man who can boast of having been the winning pitcher in a Series game while wearing a Cubs uniform.

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch believes baseball would be better served with even more wild-card teams. While admitting that it would reward mediocrity, he believes that it is good for the sport and good for the fans.

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