And I'm not even close to finished. The New Yorker's Ben McGrath profiles Manny Ramirez.
In Boston, where the “knights of the keyboard,” in Ted Williams’s famous formulation, cover baseball the way affairs of state are covered in Washington, Ramirez remains a phenomenon more discussed than understood. They share sightings, transcribe every utterance, and speculate about the induction speech he’ll give in Cooperstown circa 2015. But for some reason I have not seen it remarked upon that Ramirez chose to name both of his first two sons Manny, Jr.
There's a lot more good stuff in the piece. Enjoy.