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Let the waltzing take place between innings instead

Alan Greenwood

We start with a few items that will surely find their way into the trash bin next to the suggestion box:

As always, the Red Sox and Rays don’t particularly like one another this season, as they haven’t liked one another since Tampa Bay held a long-term lease on the American League East cellar. Friday night, Tampa Bay right-hander David Price plunked a few Boston batters, sparking warnings to both team’s managers and pitchers, which sparked the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell, manager pro tem Torey Lovullo and manager pro tem II Brian Butterfield. Manager pro tem III Greg Colbrunn, who lists hitting coach as his day job, managed to stick around for the duration. ...

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We start with a few items that will surely find their way into the trash bin next to the suggestion box:

As always, the Red Sox and Rays don’t particularly like one another this season, as they haven’t liked one another since Tampa Bay held a long-term lease on the American League East cellar. Friday night, Tampa Bay right-hander David Price plunked a few Boston batters, sparking warnings to both team’s managers and pitchers, which sparked the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell, manager pro tem Torey Lovullo and manager pro tem II Brian Butterfield. Manager pro tem III Greg Colbrunn, who lists hitting coach as his day job, managed to stick around for the duration.

(Three managers bounced in one game must be some sort of record, but we digress.)

Naturally, once the rhetorical temperature rose beyond boiling, the two teams’ dugouts and bullpens emptied. The players, coaches and managers met in the middle of the infield, trading bear hugs, as usually happens in what passes for brawls in baseball. There were lots of nasty words, particularly, but a noticeable lack of punches exchanged.

One humble suggestion: Rather than have the two teams waste time waltzing during an inning, let them toss a red flag from the dugout to arrange for a meeting near the mound between innings. Let them do their group hug when the fans have nothing better to watch, breaking it up once the commercials are over.

Theo Epstein has given Manny Ramirez one more shot at residing in the baseball world, hiring him as a minor league hitting guru. Memo to Theo: Have a substitute hitting coach on standby, since Ramirez’s attention span is like that of a gliding butterfly.

Memo to Ramirez: As a newborn leader of young players, develop the sort of self-discipline in the dugout that you showed in the right-hand batters box.

As everyone paying attention understands, Donald Sterling would best serve himself if he takes his otherworldly cut of the $2 billion former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is offering for the team, then retire to a remote rich man’s cocoon.

Anyone who wasted energy growling over the recent Vegas trip enjoyed by Rob Gronkowski and Johnny Manziel truly needs to settle down. There is not one 20-something man out there who is wealthy, famous and free for a weekend in Sin City who wouldn’t jump on the next private plane and join the party.

TIME TRAVEL: Twenty years ago today, Nashua High School baseball coach Charlie Mellen prepared for his final Class L tournament. In his 24th season coaching the Purple Panthers, then the defending state champs, he offered an opinion on single-elimination baseball tournaments that remains widely shared.

“It seems as if you go 23-1 and you lose that final game, you’re a bum,’’ Mellen said. “You go 10-10 and lose that last game, you’re a hero.”

Mellen’s 9-9 Panthers beat Londonderry in the first round, then beat Pinkerton to reach the semifinals. Nashua hammered Bishop Guertin 15-6, to reach the championship game, in which they beat undefeated Concord 7-4.

“Concord was coming 20-0 – 20-0!” Nashua shortstop Kevin Mahoney said. “Oh, my! What a way to end it for Mr. Mellen.”

Nashua made sure its coach went out a hero.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-6427 or agreenwood@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Greenwood on Twitter (@Telegraph_AlanG).