A few items to peruse while walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head ...
• Manny Ramirez(notes) begins his minor league "rehab" stint with Albuquerque Isotopes tonight and Yahoo! Sports own Tim Brown says Man-Ram has no plans to address his 50-game suspension with any members of the visiting media before being reinstated on July 3 and may not ever publicly talk about the circumstances.
As usual, TB is dead on when making the point that Los Angeles fans will forgive their prodigal slugger — even though they sure refused to cut Barry Bonds(notes) any slack — but you can count me as someone who just won't shrug over Manny's return. If he thought it was appropriate to apologize to Frank McCourt, Joe Torre and his Dodgers teammates, why don't the fans warrant the same response? [Yahoo! Sports]
• I thought it was funny as a one-time thing, but count me among the growing crowd that believe Toronto's "fake umps" are overstaying their welcome. [Drunk Jays Fans]
• As if the Mets needed any more evidence that they're snakebitten when it comes to injuries, Jose Reyes was involved in a car accident on his way to a doctor's appointment Monday morning. No worries, though. Reyes wasn't injured (at least any further). [NY Post]
• Big Papi and the Red Sox are headed to play in Washington for the franchise's first time since 1971, which begs the question: Can Boston put three tallies into the win column before they even leave the Hub? [Red Sox Monster]
• Meanwhile, Nats fans are asking this survival-minded question: Can we possibly survive the invasion of Red Sox Nation at Nats Park? [Nats Enquirer]
• Straight from the quaint streets of Cooperstown comes this on-the-ground account of Sunday's Old Timers' Day. [Subway Squawkers]
• Why Boston will miss Dice-K more than Bob Ryan thinks they will. [YFSF]