So, this morning I’m checkin’ email and doing some fantasy baseball research. When I get to the ESPN home page, I see the headline that reads “Sox P Papelbon calls Manny a ‘cancer’.” This bums me out, for a few reasons. First of all, didn’t the Sox trade my favorite slugger on July 31st, 2008? Yes. Then why the fuck are we still talking about this? Is it because in Boston you make sure you let a brown/black person know how unwelcome they are even after they’ve left town? Fuck if I know and that’s an emotional rhetorical question. I also don’t like it, because I love Papelbuns as well, but think this is a retarded time to be bashing Manny, from the safety of a Manny-free clubhouse and in separate leagues (for baseball idiots out there: Manny’s with the Dodgers in the National League and the Red Sox are in the American League and the two teams won’t be playing each other unless it’s in the World Series). When I click on the link to the article, I see it’s Skip “Broadway MS” Bayless and Stephen A. Smith debating the ethics and timing of this statement. Now, I normally think a.) Stephen A. Smith is a basketball guy, what the fuck is he doing talkin’ baseball? and b.) god damn he’s annoying, but Bayless (can’t type his whole name) is worse. The fuckin guy even said, “I don’t like the word ‘cancer’. I don’t even like using it.” Almost like some reformed slave-owning cracker talkin’ bout the word ‘nigger’. Damn this guy is pathetic (and you know he’s thinking it, cuz he’s sitting across the table from a black man, Stephen A. Smith). When Smith opens his mouth, yelling as usual, I actually agree with some of it (and I’ve heard him defend Manny before, which enamores me to him even more). Thus begins my Thursday, agreeing with the lesser-of-two-evils sposrts pundit when it comes to my favorite slugger Manny Ramirez, who, by the way, might be an asshole. I really don’t give a shit, because he’s brought me significant moments of joy with the swing of his bat.