We don't want to comment on what's going on up there if it could have some negative implication for our team. And I think there's no purpose. Everyone knows the rivalry is a heated one, and that we have a lot of respect for them and they for us. But I don't see what good it does to make bold predictions on the first day of spring training.
He was an offensive force. He was a clubhouse leader. He was a bit of a cult figure who was enormously popular with the women of Red Sox nation and generally a good guy. We urged Johnny that Boston is a great place for him, that he was a beloved figure here. But in the end he was free to make his decision.
Are we open for business Are we listening to proposals and possibilities We are. This is the time of year when you do that. Our guys at the general managers meetings are certainly approaching this subject with an open mind and are willing to sit and talk to people who have an interest in discussing a transaction for Manny or any of our other players.