To boo or not to boo, that is the question many Red Sox fans will be asking themselves as Manny Ramirez returns to face the Boston Red Sox. The man was a pivotal piece on the Red Sox two world series winning teams but he faked a knee injury and forced his way out of Boston. No doubt the baseball world will have their eyes focused on Boston this weekend as they anxiously await Manny’s return and the reaction he will get from the Boston faithful.
The series will be interesting for reasons other than Manny however with the Dodgers tied with the Padres for the NL West lead and the Giants are only trailing by a half game. This series could go a variety of different ways because every pitching matchup is intriguing. Fridays matchup is between Felix Doubront a Red Sox rookie making his major league debut and Carlos Monasterios a Dodger rookie who has been pitching well but was not so good in his last start and now faces a tough AL lineup. The Dodgers usually struggle against rookie pitchers but the Red Sox have never faced Monasterios who is widely unknown. Saturday the knuckleballer Wakefield and Vicente Padilla square off. We all know knucklers are usually either really good or really bad. Padilla is coming off the DL and can be erratic at times but also very good at times, so this matchup could go either way as well. Manny Ramirez is the main guy that makes this series intriguing as he should, but even if there was no Manny this series would still be very intersting due to the pitching matchups.