The Manny Bird Already Chirping to Leave LA for Cleveland

For those of you who had the first week of the season as the date Manny Ramirez would have his first “Manny Being Manny” moment, congratulations and please step forward to claim your prize. Even though the city jumped for joy when Manny arrived at camp, I cautioned that it was only a one-year deal with a player’s option for a second year, meaning Ramirez could be gone after the season. Looks like he already has his eye set on new (but old) scenery:

“I would like to play for Cleveland one more time, to go back where I started,” said Ramirez, with the Dodgers playing their home opener Monday against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. “I have so many good memories there, why not? I think to go back where you started is everyone’s dream.”

So much for the honeymoon in Los Angeles. Wasn’t this the same Manny who proclaimed how much he loved LA and how it was the best spot for him? I’m not even sure why this guy would mention his interest in the Indians considering Cleveland’s budget constraints compared to his salary demands. Now if Manny takes a pay cut and is willing to DH in the future, I could see him going back. Just one question though: Why make this announcement now? Is he just intentionally trying to piss people off and get the McCourts nervous all over again? I guess so. He won’t even let fans enjoy the one year they might have left with comments like this one.

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  • Jeff J

    I am the first to say I am a huge Manny fan. I took him with my second pick in my fantasy draft. But I have to say, the timing of this announcement is pretty dumb, although I do want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Do we know if he was speaking to reporters…maybe one of them asked him a question about his future. It would be nice to see the entire quote and any possibly questions that were asked that solicited this response before we pass judgment. Either way, I would much rather have him for 1 year than not have him at all. I think he bring alot to the club, and the way they are playing right now, they look like they’ll take the division.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I was thinking the same thing that it was a reporter who provoked it for the subject of his story. I agree about them taking the division. 1-8, they have one of the best National League lineups I’ve seen in a really long time. For each spot in the lineup they probably have one of the top two or three hitters in the league, minus the 5 spot with Martin.