If the Sox and the Birds do not make the Tejada for Manny trade happen - and fast - I will lose my mind. There should have been an all points bulletin on Yawkey Way today. "Drop everything you thought was important and make this deal!" The KeepManny.com folks ought to change their website to "Keep Manny, But Only If You Can't Get Tejada.com"
I love Miguel. He is a class act. I've always thought so. He is one of the ONLY visiting players who (a) dresses to the nines to enter the park and (b) takes time to sign autographs for kids. When Palmeiro tried to use him as a scapegoat over the steroids issue last season, Miguel said nothing. He would be a baseball god in this city. If the deal goes down, the shirt manufacturers better get ready to work nights and weekends until Christmas because Tejada Red Sox jerseys will be the most coveted item under the tree. Or Hanukkah bush.
And don't think for one second that the Orioles aren't ready to bust with glee. If Ramirez goes to Baltimore, that fan base is going to swell.
This is a win-win for both sides, down to the dollars. For the love of all that's holy, please, PLEASE make this a reality. And then, my fellow Orioles fans, let's all kick back and watch Steinbrenner stew.