Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: Trade Manny for Favre?

Today's Calls: Brett Favre vs. Manny Ramirez, Johan Santana vs. Brad Ziegler, Ryan Grant vs. Devin Hester, Goose Gossage vs. Buck O'Neil and More. ↵The Opening Pitch: My first reaction to hearing that Manny is open to a trade was to think of one that makes sense for everyone: ↵

↵Manny Ramirez for... Brett Favre. ↵

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↵The Packers get to ship Favre not just out of the conference, but out of the NFL entirely. No more PR debacle! ↵

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↵And from the Red Sox's perspective, they may be getting a me-first guy in Favre, but he can't possibly play defense any worse than Manny. ↵

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↵Favre's no-show on Sunday indicates that the Packers are within a few days of dealing him (even if it won't be to the Red Sox). ↵

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↵On the flip side, Manny's interest in being traded means nothing -- there isn't a chance in hell that Theo moves him. ↵

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↵Both guys have worn out their welcomes not only with their teams but also with their fans -- though neither can really see either playing in another uniform. ↵

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↵Brett for Manny: It's non-sensical, but right now, it makes sense. ↵

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↵Meanwhile, Manny was more MVP than trade bait (3/5, 2 RBI, 2 2B) in the BOS W over NYY: If your first reaction was, "I hate this rivalry," you win a free trip to the NFL training camp of your choice. ↵

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↵Mets (with Johan), Phils (with 5 HR) keep pace: If your first reaction was "57 games to go," you win a "Mets: 2007 NL East Champs" T-shirt. ↵

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↵Brad Ziegler breaks 101-year MLB record for scoreless IP to start a career: If your first reaction was, "George McQuillan, 1907" (and you didn't look it up), you win my admiration and fear. ↵

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↵Geoff Blum is a Fantasy Stud: If your first reaction is, "Wow: Eclipsing Ryan Braun?" you win a ticket to a meaningless Astros game in August. ↵

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↵Jarrod Washburn has his best outing of '08: If your first reaction was, "Way to over-inflate the trade value," you win a new Brian Bannister Yankees jersey. ↵

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↵CC Sabathia vs. the Cubs today: If your first reaction was, "If-Season-Ended-Today NL Cy," you win "Commenter of the Day" status. ↵

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↵Ryan Grant holding out: If your first reaction was "That's WAY more important than Favre," you win an Aaron Rodgers wristband. ↵

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↵Bears give Devin Hester a 4-year extension: If your first reaction was, "What took so long?" you win a Rex Grossman autograph. ↵

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↵Pats sign LaMont Jordan: If your first reaction was, "8-10 TDs as '08 Fantasy Sleeper of the Year," you win a Kool-Aid Maroney keychain. ↵

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↵Chad Johnson reports, JaMarcus Russell good, Asante Samuel hurt: If your first reaction was, "And it's only the first weekend of camp," you win a copy of Stefan Fatsis' "A Few Seconds of Panic." ↵

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↵T.O. burns Adam Jones: If your first reaction was, "Did either of them blow a vocal cord?" you win a bargain-bin Pacman Titans jersey. ↵

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↵Jimmie Johnson wins at Indy: If your first reaction was, "Worst race ever?" you win a new set of 10-laps-then-blam Goodyear tires. ↵

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↵Hawks shopping Josh Smith: If your first reaction was, "And yet they covet Maurice Evans?," you win a Hawks season ticket. ↵

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↵Andris Biedrins gets paid: If your first reaction was, "So much for this Euro reverse-commute," you win a year of Latvian League Pass. ↵

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↵Goose Gossage inducted into the HOF: If your first reaction was, "Buck O'Neil Award? Just let him in!" you win a Jim Rice rookie card. ↵

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↵Tour de France: Carlos Sastre wins. If your first reaction was, "Who?" or "Hunh?" you win a free subscription to LiveStrong.com. ↵

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↵Arena Bowl 22: Soul top SaberCats, 59-56. If your first reaction was, "They're on a 22nd Arena Bowl?" you win a free Bon Jovi poster. ↵

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↵All Beijing Olympic events sold out: If your first reaction was, "View is better on TV, anyway," you win a complimentary nose/mouth mask. ↵

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↵The Last Word: R.I.P., Randy Pausch, who gained widespread fame for his inspirational "Last Lecture." ↵

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↵Core to Pausch's lesson was his youth participation in football and his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers. For any sports fan who watches the Last Lecture, Pausch's opportunity to catch passes with Hines Ward is a moment we can all relate to. ↵

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↵Condolences to his family, friends and many fans. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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