We here at LBS have already told you about Hanley Ramirez’s lack of effort to retrieve a ball and save two runs from scoring in Monday’s game. I understand that Ramirez fouled a ball off his shin earlier in the game and it slowed him down, but I wish he would have taken it to the mouth because he needs to stop running it.
Ramirez is obviously upset that he was yanked from Monday’s game. If I were managing the team, I would have done the same thing Fredi Gonzalez did. No matter what level you are playing in — the majors or stick ball — you go after that ball and do whatever it takes to help out your teammates. Hanley’s lack of effort was an example of complete laziness. But Ramirez doesn’t think so, and here’s what he had to say about his skipper’s move to take him out:
“It’s his team. He does whatever he (expletive) wants. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s brutal.”
It gets better. Here he justifies not going after the ball because of shin and says manager Fredi Gonzalez can’t relate:
“That’s OK. He doesn’t understand that. He never played in the big leagues.”
You give me a headache Mr. Ramirez. Take a slice of humble pie and then maybe you’ll realize that the world does not revolve around you. You are getting paid pretty well by an organization that expects you to perform and help your team win ball games. You are not the manager — Gonzalez is. If I were him, I’d bench you until you realize that. Regardless of how you feel about the decision your manager made, there’s no need to come out and make those disrespectful remarks. Maybe he should be sent back to the little leagues where team work is taught.
Hanley Ramirez won’t apologize to Florida Marlins teammates, lost “little bit” of respect for manager [Palm Beach Post]