I had the exact same thought going through all of these images.
Do I wish he had played harder sometimes? Absolutely. Do I think he quit on his teammates from time to time? No question. Do the Red Sox win two World Series in four years without him? No freaking way.
Dollar for dollar, Manny was the best pure hitter I think I have ever seen in my life and (for the most part) it was a thrill to watch him accomplish what he did in a Red Sox uniform. Add me to the list of all those who've said how much they will miss his swing.
Jim and I are both old-timers who well rmeember seeing Yaz win his first batting title. I agree with every word he worte here.