I have lamented a number of times that I just wish the Sox could be a normal team. 2004 had some effect - in that we no longer have to listen to a bunch of crap about some fictional curse (and we even got some sweetness added to it as the greatest comeback/choke in the history of sports).
And now I'm hearing that Manny will not report until March 1. And that the Sox are okay with this. Of course, contractually March 1 is the reporting date, so there really is nothing "special" being agreed to here. This also means that Manny will be in camp for about 36 hours before he heads off to the WBC. And my bet here is that Manny will likely take about 2-3 days on the back end before reporting back to camp. Maybe this is not such a bad thing - he'll get his reps in the WBC. He is a slugger savant and will end up putting up his usual monster numbers, so anything he does to give him a bit of happiness, then fine.
But the bigger question - why the hell does this stuff always happen with the Sox. First it was Clemens showing up late and then dissing his coach by wearing headphones. Then we had the annual "where is Pedro. Oh, he's coming late to go to his Dad's birthday party." which of course was not an issue last year or apparently this year. And now the Manny nonsense continues. Ugh. I am glad I can not tune WEEI in my car here in CA (and I refuse to stream it at work).