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Ramirez's complaints offend Henry07/17/2008 2:53 PM ET
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry said he was offended by recent public comments by Manny Ramirez, in which the star slugger suggested that the team's front office and ownership hasn't been straightforward with him regarding his future. The Red Sox hold $20 million options on Ramirez for 2009 and 2010 and have until November to decide whether to pick up the first one.
"I want to know what's my situation," Ramirez told the Boston Herald on Wednesday. "I want no more [times] where they tell you one thing and behind your back they do another thing. I think I've earned that respect, for a team to sit down with me and tell me this is what we want, this is what we want to do."
In Thursday's Boston Herald, Henry made it clear how upset he was by what Ramirez said.
"I find remarks that we have been anything other than completely straightforward to be personally offensive," Henry wrote in an e-mail to the Herald. "Manny has been a crucial part of two World [Series] championships. I do not believe we would have won either without him. He has never played a more important role than he has thus far this year."
Ramirez is hitting .293 with 18 homers and 60 RBIs.
Since the start of Spring Training, Ramirez has expressed a desire to finish his career in Boston.
"To be honest with you, I don't know, I want to stay in Boston, but I want to sit down after the season with ownership and see what my future is going to be in Boston," Ramirez told the Herald. "Let's see, but the ball is in my court. If they don't pick it up, I'm a free agent and I'll go play somewhere else. We'll see."
While the 36-year-old Ramirez is having yet another terrific season in his eighth and final season in Boston, he has been involved in a couple of controversial situations.
In a June 5 victory against the Rays, Ramirez was caught on camera taking a swing at teammate Kevin Youkilis in the dugout.
Then, there was the incident on June 28, when Ramirez reportedly pushed team traveling secretary Jack McCormick to the clubhouse floor following a spat over a ticket request. It isn't known if Ramirez was disciplined for the incident with McCormick, as the Red Sox prefer to keep such situations in-house.
By November, Ramirez will know if he'll be back in Boston in 2009. The article with the Herald was the first time Ramirez expressed any stress over the matter.
"It's not to protect myself," Ramirez said of wanting a meeting with ownership. "I just want to know what my future is going to be. I just want them to tell me, 'We're going to take it year by year,' or, 'We're going to do this.' That's fine. Just so I know what's going on with my situation."
The Red Sox aren't likely to make any decisions about Ramirez's option until the season is over.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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