Well, turns out, the Rays picked up a couple former Sox Idiots… Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. Damon and Manny both played on championship years for the Red Sox and became very famous and well liked (until they moved on to other teams).
Manny’s departure was due to his disruption in the locker room, lack of “fire” on the field and many other small things that added up after time. Sure he was a likable guy when he wasn’t “fielding” or “base running”, but that isn’t a necessary ingredient for a championship team.
Damon left the Sox for the Yankees. Enough said.
There isn’t much you can do to change the minds of Boston fans after you leave Boston for New York… willingly! Sox fans soon got over the departure of Damon after realizing that there are plenty of outfielders that can actually throw.
So the Rays cashed in? Not really. I think it’s more of a move to annoy fellow AL East teams than anything. Damon and Manny are on the tail end of their careers and their performance will almost certainly not be what it was when they were in their prime.