Manny’s poetry has lately taken a darker, more existential twist. A brief selection from the “Enough is Enough” collection:

Tired and Silent

I don’t want to talk to them

about contracts right now. So what?

I know they got me,

but enough

is enough.

I’m tired of them,

they’re tired of me.

Contents of a Letter…Or Whatever.

After 2008, just send me a letter

Or whatever.

You don’t even got to call my agent

Or whatever.

‘Hey, thank you for everything.

‘You’re going to

Become a free agent.

We’re not going to

Pick up your option in ’09.’

I’m happy,

But enough is enough.

You know?

That’s it.

Trade Deadline Assessment

They’re not going to

Pull the trigger, because they

Know what they’ve got here.


Don’t worry about

It. Enough is enough. In

Oh-Nine, I move on.

How Much is Enough? [They Know]

They know.

You got to ask Theo and John Henry.

They know.

I gotta go hit guys.

My Job is to Play Baseball

I don’t care where I

Play, I can even play in

Iraq if need be.

For Manny’s previous works, see here, here, and here.

3 Responses to “Manny, Poet: The Dark Side”

  1. Lyndsay says:

    Manny Playing in New York next season(as is inevitable):

    Manny (to the media): I have a new poem. it’s called, just chill out man, you gonna be –

    Hank Steinbrenner: MANUEL ARISTIDE! RRR!! what did I say about talking to the media! do I have to tell you again! now go hit the showers and for goddsakes, cut your hair ya goddamn hippie! it’s startin to STINK around here! do you want to be chained to the radiator again like Phil Hughes? huh? DO YOU?

    Manny: Sorry sir…(scampers off)

  2. Tom Hoffman says:

    I like the Haiku concept for Manny. But it’s supposed to be seventeen syllables. After attending last night’s near no-hitter, I offer the following:

    I watched him look

    And look

    And look

    Oh Manny!

    Next season Japan?

    He did his usual amusing things such as ducking into the green monster door during a pitching change, etc, but I agree with him, enough is enough. This team is built around Perdoia, Youkilis, Lester, Lowell, Ellsbury, Papelbon, etc., all of whom earn less collectively than him. Adios Manny.

  3. Sarah Green says:

    Well, Tom, not all of them are haiku. But those that are, are 17 syllables. That might seem like circular reasoning. And maybe it is. The Manny would be proud.

    Maybe next time he’s on a rehab stint, I’ll go with dirty limericks. “There once was a guy in Pawtucket…”

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