One report said Manny was showing his owners he was peeved
at the team punishing him. Manny had been fined by the team for pushing a team employee to the floor. The report said his fine was in six figures
, and his taking 3 called strikes against Mariano Rivera
was a deliberate act to send a message to his owners. A second report denies or retracts the earlier
story, adding that his fine was only 5 figures
and the Red Sox didn't accuse him of malfeasance
in his at bat vs Yankee closer Mariano Rivera.