Baseball Card of the Week: The Manny of Our Dreams
Well, you know what? If it's good enough for Albert, it's good enough for me. Manny Ramirez is our Card of the Week.
Specifically, we have a 2007 Manny Ramirez card by Bowman Heritage. I've used Bowman Heritage cards before, and I'm sure I've mentioned how much I like them, but I also think it's worth repeating: these are some of my very favorite cards on the market. Love the hand-painted look and all. Very classy.
Really, though, the most interesting thing in all of this isn't Albert basically putting in a good word for a buddy of his who's down on his luck, it's one of the other things that Albert said while he was doing it.
"Maybe St. Louis doesn't have the money to sign him, but he could give them a discount because St. Louis is a great city that supports its players."
Now, that probably means nothing, but I personally find it a little bit encouraging that Albert apparently understands the realities of the market, and the notion of a discount to play where you want.
Pujols famously said several years back that he wouldn't be giving any sort of hometown discount, and I fully supported what he said at the time. It's ridiculous for team ownership to expect players to constantly take less than what they could get to play in St. Louis.
But when it comes right down to it, when you start talking about the big money players, sometimes a team really doesn't have the cash to sign a player for full market value. It sounds to me as if Albert recognizes that fact, and seems to take into consideration that he may want to take a little less money to continue playing here beyond his current contract.