Baseball got some news this week as Manny Ramirez joined the Chicago White Sox. Then it got some more news as the White Sox strolled into Boston to mark a Manny return to Fenway. But a special extra bit to tack on to the end of that story was found in Chavez Ravine.
You see, the Giants and Dodgers re-engaged their historic rivalry on Friday. But, contrary to last year and the end of '08, Manny wasn't a factor. A couple of months ago it was reported that the Mannywood ads were taken off of LA freeway billboards, a sad prelude to the start of this series. A great Dodger to hate, as we haven't had many of those in recent years, Manny served as a target to silence, but even if he hit some homers, beating the Dodgers could silence those. But the eerie silence this weekend almost spoke of a sad end to an era, even though there was the big news of the week. Manny didn't matter enough to the Dodgers to matter in the rivalry with us. Mannywood is dead.