Best Of 2001

Best Villain: Manny Ramirez

If Manny really wanted to play for a cursed, luckless baseball franchise, why didn't he stay in Cleveland? Ramirez went to Boston this season, lured by the real Green Monster: cash. Tribe fans not only lost their team's best hitter; they endured his whining on the way out. Apparently, Indians management had the nerve to ask Manny to suit up to help the pennant chase. That sort of resistance to labor doesn't play well in Cleveland. Indians fans had lungs ready when the Red Sox arrived in July, and when Manny dug in for his first at-bat, the boos shook the rafters. Let that be a lesson, Juan Gon, should you be tempted to split town.