Earth-Shattering News: Manny Ramirez Says Something Sensible

If you haven’t already heard this, you may not believe it.  I had to clear the haze, fog, smoke, and whatever else from my eyes before realizing what I read.  Is Manny Ramirez a changed man?  First we hear that he’s getting his dreadlocks cut off, but that is more about team policy than his own personal choice, right?  Maybe not. 

In interview with NESN, Ramirez admitted that the way his tenure in Boston ended was his fault.  I’m speechless (or should I say type-less).  After all the things this guy has said — which have led to teammates to calling him a clubhouse cancer and the media to ripping him to shreds — he actually says something that we can respect?

I think everything was my fault,” Ramirez said. “You’ve got to be a real man to realize when you do wrong. Hey, it was my fault, right? I’m already past that stage. I’m happy. I’m in a new team.”

If I saw those words written on a blog — even one as credible as LBS — I wouldn’t believe them, either.  For those of you skeptics (who I don’t blame), here’s the Manny Ramirez “my fault” video:

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Brian Wilson Is Officially Insane

If you follow baseball, I’m not telling you anything new when I say that Brian Wilson is nuts. But after his absurd interview on Jim Rome Is Burning, it’s been confirmed: Brian Wilson is officially insane.

The Giants closer honestly appeared to be on serious drugs because he was on a different planet during the interview. He was talking and ranting and Rome had a tough time not only keeping up, but also keeping a straight face.

Amongst some of the highlights from Brian Wilson’s interview with Jim Rome (video below):


    1. - Saying ge got fined for “having too much awesome on my feet” when he was fined for wearing orange cleats.
      - Calling himself a “certified ninja” and that he completed 12 minute courses
      - Specifically saying he’s a “mental assassin”
      - Pulling out a Zach Morris phone out of his back pocket
      - Talking into the phone and the phone told him to pull out a mask from his back pocket
      – Explaining how to get over an oblique injury: “Slam a red bull down and get after it”
  • This dude is certified 100% absolutely insane. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were Eric Gagne in a few years — that sort of thing tends to happen with wild man closers. Here’s the video of the Brian Wilson interview:

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    Manny to Say Bye, Bye to his Dreads

    Now that Manny Ramirez is a member of the Chicago White Sox, owner Jerry Reinsdorf has asked the slugger to do something drastic — cut off the dreads. Manny is doing as he’s told and flying his personal barber to Boston so that his hair will be ready for the first game of the White Sox-Red Sox series.

    Though the dreads are Manny’s signature look, he said that it doesn’t bother him having to cut them off “It seems like everywhere I go, people worry about my hair. I just want to go out there and play the game.”

    I would figure he’d be a little more upset, I know I would. I love having Manny sporting the black and white, but in all honesty who really believes he’ll be a member of the team next spring? Anyone? Yeah, me neither. He’s a member of the White Sox to help their playoff run. They may have convinced him that he’s auditioning for next year, but I really don’t see that happening. My point in all this is that it’s not worth cutting my hair if I’m Manny knowing that I’ll only be on this team for the next 29 days (if they don’t make the playoffs).

    I do appreciate the fact that Manny’s being a team player and doing what is asked of him. Manny is used to having that hair though, Mr. Reinsdorf. If your decision to make him cut it some how throws his swing off balance then Sox fans will be blaming you. As for now, I can’t wait to see what happens with the hair. Manny is a character, for all we know he could walk out tonight with an inch off his hair (technically he would have “cut his hair”) or with a completely shaved head.

    Reports: Manny to Cut His Hair Friday [Fox Sports]
    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mark Duncan

    Nationals and Marlins Brawl After Nyjer Morgan Charges Mound, Throws Punch

    Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan was already facing a seven game suspension for throwing a ball into the stands at a fan, but with his latest shenanigans, MLB might as well send him home the rest of the season.

    In the last week alone, Morgan has made headlines for elbowing Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson, running into Marlins catcher Brett Hayes (dislocating Hayes’ shoulder), and the latest antic was being ejected from Wednesday night’s game after charging the mound. Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad threw a pitch behind Morgan and Nyjer decided to charge. The result is this Nationals and Marlins fight video which is one of the best sports fights we’ve had in a while. Check it out:

    Aside from separating Hayes’ shoulder on Tuesday, the Marlins were also pissed because Morgan displayed poor baseball etiquette stealing second and third in the 4th inning with his team down 14-3. I defended Nyjer after he threw this legendary fit earlier in the season, but now it’s becoming clear he’s a hot head who seeks controversy. There’s no defense for his recent behavior. Hopefully the commissioner’s office, and especially the players’ union, will see it the same way.

    Video Credit: YouTube user nickynick5529

    Mike Moustakas Has 11 RBI Game

    This may be the first time we’ve had a Minor League Baseball story here at LBS that didn’t involve a wacky manager having a meltdown. That’s also because it’s not too often we come across a game where a player drives in 11 runs in a single game (although we did see a 10 RBI game not too long ago).

    What most people consider to be excellent production for a week of work, Mike Moustakas accomplished in one game. As LBS contributor Alan Hull alerted us, the Omaha infielder went 4-for-6 on Monday night with three home runs and 11 RBIs. Moustakas homered twice in the third (once off former Nats reliever Gary Majewski), and he also went deep off Jennie Finch’s husband, Casey Daigle for a three-run shot in the 7th. Moustakas even threw in a bases-clearing three-run double for extra giggles.

    As good as Moustakas was Monday, he hadn’t flashed the promise the Royals saw when they made him the second pick of the 2007 draft the last few years in the minors. After two decent years, Mike has completely put it together to become the Texas League Player of the Year, and this 11 RBI game further cements how much he’s in his groove. Kansas City may choose to bring him along slowly, but there’s no doubt that this 11 RBI game has clearly put Moustakas’ name on the map.

    Manny Ramirez Gives a Heartfelt Farewell to Another City

    I must say, there’s nobody that can leave a town quite like Manny Ramirez.  As his days were dwindling down with the Boston Red Sox, Manny made a habit of pretending he was injured in order to stick it to the team and be taken out of the lineup.  That’s probably one of the main reasons Jonathan Papelbon called him a clubhouse cancer.  No. 24 forced his way out of Boston and embarked on a new journey as No. 99 in L.A., where “Mannywood” became an immediate hit.

    After being placed on waivers and claimed by the Chicago White Sox, Ramirez has officially worn out his welcome in another big city.  Once again, he managed to shorten his stay, this time by getting himself ejected after the first pitch of a sixth-inning at-bat in Colorado Sunday afternoon.  Here’s the video of Manny Ramirez getting ejected in his last Dodgers at-bat, courtesy of You Been Blinded:

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    Petco Park Dog Day Becomes a Success

    Pretty much every stadium in sports is sponsored by a given company, but none may be more amusing than Petco Park in San Diego. Let’s think about it for a second: the Padres’ home park is named after a pet store.

    The Padres went to their naming roots over the weekend and held a “Dog Days of Summer” to increase awareness for pet adoption. I don’t know about you, but any time there’s a pet day at a ballpark, I’m hooked. Let’s think about things: are dogs really watching the games? Do we need to buy them tickets and give them a seat? Are we getting them shoes and allowing them to take a turn?

    Alright, we’re not going that far, but the Padres did have their Dog Days of Summer and here are some of those pictures (the one on the motorcycle on the far left is my favorite):