This is Bill Simmons' take on Manny. He immediately starts wondering about 2004 and 2007.
The question I have for you: "What if this was us?"
Say the team doesn't meltdown in 2003 and Prior gets out of the jam and Steve Bartman is never heard of. They get past the Yankees.
95 years of futility, erased. And just for giggles, that same crew does it again in 2006. Michigan Avenue is renamed Dusty Baker Way.
Say a key cog of the team (not Sosa) -- Maybe A-Ram or Wood or Prior -- leave on bad terms later on. And with their new team, they get nailed for PEDs.
It calls back everything we thought about Sosa. It again puts Prior's injury history under the microscope. We question whether Eric Karros helped extend his career. Someone points out that Baker managed Bonds too, just as Torre managed Clemens and A-Rod...
Would you care? Would you take the euphoria? Would you take the tears of joy on Ron Santo's face? The extermination of all the silly goats and cats and other crap?
I wish I could say I wouldn't.