Before there was Manny being Manny, there was Rickey being Rickey. At least according to a New York Times piece from the late 1980s I read about Henderson not too long ago. Manny being Manny is cute so long as he hits like a Hall of Famer. Sammy Sosa was chased out of Chicago the moment his skills declined. While I don't think the same holds true for Ramirez in Boston--hey, two championship rings buy a lot of rope--have you noticed that Manny being Manny has become a catch-phrase to take Ramirez off-the-hook whenever he acts like a putz? Chacon got released. Manny apologies. Chacon is washed-up, Manny still rakes. Manny being Manny. Sort of like Shaq being Shaq.