Just when the Fan jumps out of the Manny pool, Manny puts on the charm and apologizes for the ending of his Boston career saying that the whole thing was his fault. Shoot, Manny, you did it again. The Fan had decided not to care how Manny does in Chicago. The Fan was determined to cut emotional ties with the most entertaining baseball player of the last fifteen years. And then Manny goes out and does this gesture. Crap.
Joe Torre came out and said after the whole last-Dodger-at-bat thing that he didn't think Manny quit on the Dodgers and though he was mad at the time, after talking with Manny, the manager said he believed it was a bad move on the umpire's part to eject the aging slugger. Crap. Another dagger in the "The Fan hates Manny now" mindset.
But the Fan has to be strong. One of the Fan's favorite readers commented with congratulations when the Fan threw away his Manny fetish. Now what is the Fan going to do? But it's hard, man. It's really hard because the guy is just so compelling. He always has been. And like it or not, there is always a soft spot in this writer's heart for redemption. AAARGGHHH!!
Stop it, Manny! Stop it right now! The Fan had this thing all figured out and there you go being all humble and crap. Not fair. Not fair at all.