(editor’s note : Mr. Campagna’s thoughts on the matter of Peter Gammons and Manny Ramirez have previously been posted as a blog entry to a notable social networking website.  The following is republished with his kind consent).

Anybody who thinks the recent trade of Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers is a good deal obviously knows nothing about baseball or humanity for that matter. You probably also believe that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction as well.

Funny how the Red Sox “leaked” the fact that Manny pushed the traveling secretary and since then he has become the anti-christ. Every week something else was leaked or we were told how Manny wasn’t producing. All the while his numbers were going up while everyone else’s on the team was going down.

How are those errors piling up guys?

Oh yeah look at what a monster he is, he pushed Youk in the dugout. Funny how the players say it’s nothing and this goes on in the locker room all the time. This just happened to appear on camera. So yeah keep reminding us how evil he is.

Not like anyone has ever got in a shoving match at work.

Oh yeah and he takes days off. I have no problem with someone who plays 162 games a year taking themselves out of the line up. I suppose you’ve never called in sick when you weren’t. No you wouldn’t do that only evil Manny would. And I don’t care how much money your making.

Because he’s making 20 million he can’t be tired like everyone else on the planet?

About a month ago I remember hearing folks on NESN talk about how Manny takes pitches because he’s looking for his pitch. That’s why he’s a great hitter who is a first ballot hall of famer. Last week on, Red Sox owned, NESN I got to hear how he just took three straight pitches from Mariano Riviera on purpose.

No it couldn’t be because he didn’t see anything he could hit?

Today I got to listen to Peter Gammons, who by the way, is very close to the Red Sox front office and is in a band with Boy Wonder, Theo Epstein.

I got to hear him tell the world that Manny was the most useless player in baseball, who hated baseball, had no respect for the game like the real Red Sox of yore, has never produced for the team, was useless in the playoffs, had no impact on the world series wins, was only in baseball for money. Then Gammons saved his most brutal hatred for last.

That Manny would soon be under the same scrutiny as Mark McGuire for steroids!

This witch hunt to run Manny out of town was the most sickening thing I’ve ever seen the Red Sox do and I’m finally through.

It reminded me of the Bush administration making a case for war in Iraq. The last few weeks have left me with the same bad taste in my mouth as the weeks leading up to that war. I couldn’t believe people were buying this crap. Are Red Sox fans so dumb they’ll believe anything the press tells them? I guess so. After all these are the same folks who think people with pink Red Sox hats are ruining the game and can’t possibly be “real” fans. Oh yeah I forgot all you pink hat haters where filling the stands back in the day. The days when the team could hardly fill half of hallowed Fenway. Get over yourself.

I have never seen someone made to look like the most evil person on the planet.

Hey Peter, here’s some questions

1)Who was first at the park everyday watching tape and working on his game?

2)No respect for the game? How did that work out for the “respectful” sox players of yore? oh yeah that’s 86 years of no world series win.

How many rings does Manny have? Huh? Two? God forbid someone should have fun when there playing a GAME!

3)Ask David Ortiz how much Manny produced when teams start pitching around David now. Oh yeah you also brought up how two years ago Ortiz went to Manny to ask him to come back and play for the remaining weeks. Manny must have been doing something “productive” to have Ortiz come out for a visit.

Hey Peter good thing you brought that up two years after the fact. You wouldn’t have been “protecting” the Red Sox interests by not releasing this info…uhm…two years ago?

4)Yeah that’s right his stats must be wrong. He never produced in the Playoffs and World Series. The Sox only won because of Keith Faulk, cause yeah Faulk was the MVP so he did it all…right?

5)Again who’s in baseball for money? Yeah definitely not the Red Sox ownership their saints. We have the worst baseball park in the league, I’m sorry it is not the cathedral you think it is. It’s a run down, overstuffed, outdated and overpriced joke of the league.

Personally I haven’t been to a game since before the 2003 World Series. Why? because Fennway is the most expensive ball bark in all of baseball and I can’t even afford a ticket. Even if I got free tickets I couldn’t afford to go. Ever wonder why when there are extra tickets they get “auctioned” off?

Red Sox fans love drinking the Kool Aid. Just like people love drinking from the Bush administration Kool Aid. Tell us what to believe and we are at the troth of the Sox ownership. Yeah the Sox Ownership is not in it for money at all. Maybe next year they’ll build more seats in a weird place and charge you a thousand dollars a seat. Because it’s “Historic Fenway”.

6)Steroids? I can’t even begin to express the anger I have for this statement alone.

Peter you’re nothing but a bitch for the Red Sox and I have now lost all respect for you and the Red Sox.

I would have been much happier if the Sox acted with some brains. Let the season run out and then not re-sign Manny. Both parties could go separate ways and be happy. You could then let one of the greatest hitters in Red Sox history walk away on his own. Instead you kept poking the sleeping lion getting him angrier and angrier till he had enough of your crap.

Now Red Sox nation gets to treat Manny like a pariah.

Congratulations Red Sox nation you now have your new Bill Buckner. Maybe they’ll invite Manny back in 20 years for some celebration. Of course by then he’ll be wearing a Dodger cap into the Hall of Fame.