In the comments of the last post, X pointed out some recent work by Bruce Allen (at Boston Sports Media Watch), on Manny's ridiculous treatment by the local (and national) media. It's some excellent, spot-on writing, so I just wanted to highlight it here. Check it out: Manny Ramirez-Reality vs. Perception.
(Also, some Glob sources have corroborated Will Carroll's report that Manny's knee injury is very real.)