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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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

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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Manny’s Career Ended When He Forced His Way Out of Boston

The Manny Ramirez experiment in Los Angeles has been a failure.  When Manny became a cancer in the Red Sox clubhouse and completely forced his way out of town, it looked like the Dodgers were grabbing a legitimate slugger that could anchor the middle of their lineup and help propel them to the next level.  Had he not been busted for steroid use, that could very well have happened.

When I say Manny’s career ended when he was dealt to the Dodgers, I’m not implying the tank was empty.  He’s certainly had his fair share of exciting moments while playing in L.A.  The phrase “Mannywood” became an instant hit and a sign was plastered in his honor on the left field wall at Dodger Stadium.  As a result of the circumstances that have surrounded Ramirez with suspension and injury, the “Mannywood” sign is now being removed.  Factor in the struggles the Dodgers have faced as a team this season, and it appears the removal of the sign signals the end of a short era that turned out to be a disappointment in the end.

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Manny Gets Mixed Reception in Return to Fenway Park

No one knew what to expect from the Fenway faithful when Manny Ramirez returned to his old stomping grounds on Friday night for the first time since forcing his way out of town.  Personally, I thought there would be many more cheers than boos when Manny strolled to the plate.  From my experience, fans usually prefer to be a part of that special, heart-warming moment over being someone who boos a player when he returns to face his old team.  Regardless of the category you’d put yourself in, that seems to be the case.  Johnny Damon left the Boston Red Sox to sign with the Yankees because of a few million dollars, and even he got a mixed response when he returned to Fenway as a member of their most hated rival. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, here’s the video of the reception Boston fans gave Manny Ramirez in his return to Fenway Park, courtesy of Twitter user Jose3030:

Manny’s reception was a bit more mixed than I thought it would be.  Although there were a lot of people who expected the fans to let him know how they felt about the terms he left on or his involvement with PEDs, I thought they’d put all that behind them and applaud Ramirez for the seven-and-a-half years and two championships he gave them — years in which he was one of the top sluggers in the AL. Meanwhile, I wonder if Manny even realized he’s played for the Red Sox before and that’s what all the fuss was about.

Video Credit: Twitter user Jose3030

Video: Manny Ramirez Hits Bobblehead Grand Slam without Warming Up

The dichotomy of Manny Ramirez is so difficult to break down. He has the ability to light up a stadium like nobody else and provide some of the most electric moments in all of baseball. Here are a bunch of fans who booed Barry Bonds for being on roids but now they’re cheering a cheat themselves. Thing is, it’s tough not to write this as a Hollywood story. The guy gets hit on the hand the night before and is not expected to play. Late in the game with the bases loaded, the score tied 2-2, and all the fans chanting for him on his own bobblehead night, he emerges from the dugout to pinch hit. No practice swings, no batting practice before the game as he later said in his post game interview, and he crushed the first pitch he sees straight into the Mannywood section in left field.

When you see a guy with the ability to do all that, you have to wonder why he needed to cheat. This was the exact reason why he was going down as one of the most clutch players of all-time. Too bad he has to be such an arrogant jerk and ruin all the magic with his laziness, disrespect, and fertility drugs. Otherwise that was one heck of a moment.

The bobblehead was pretty spot on too:

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Manny Gets What He Had Coming

There are so many angles to this story it’s hard to know where to begin. It would be naive, and stupid, to believe that Manny Ramirez is the only guy in the bigs still using something. Only difference right now is that Manny was dumb enough to get caught. This is probably karma for Manny loafing his way in Boston and hatching the scheme to get traded away; the biggest sin in baseball is disrespecting the game and now he has to pay. Speaking of paying, does anyone luck out for this more than Frank McCourt? The cheap muther not only will still get to the playoffs with a division title, but he gets to dodge paying Manny almost $8 million. And all the ticket sales have already been made. Perfect scenario for Franky? I’d say so. OK, let’s take this a few steps further.

Joe Torre says this doesn’t diminish any of Manny’s accomplishments. I say it does. How are we supposed to know how long Manny’s been using? For all we know it could have been his entire career — the numbers have always been there, right? If not, his ’07 year with Boston might be a good jumping off point. By then he was 35 and not hitting the way he always had. As a result, did he start juicing last year as part of a tag-team effort with Boras to get the new contract and score one last big pay day? I think it’s entirely possible.

Now it appears as if pushing the traveling secretary in Boston last year could have been a roid-raging moment. What about showing up to spring training so late even though the Dodgers were willing to strike a similar deal weeks before Manny signed? Was it so he could avoid extra drug testing rather than extra workouts? Me thinks this is definitely the case. And how about the extra baggy uniform he just started wearing recently? This also became a trend in MLB the past few years. Something tells me one sharp player decided to do it so that all the new muscles added by roids would be obscured and it became a trend — for juicers. I think it definitely worked. When was the last time you heard someone say Manny had the body type of a roider? Never.

Lastly, about the possible mistake here and blaming things on a physician, there’s no doubt that Manny knew exactly what he was doing. If he really needed the hCG for fertility or health purposes, he would have received a medical exemption ahead of time. And needless to say, he would have fought the suspension kicking and screaming if he were innocent. And the argument that he’s passed around 15 drug tests in the past means nothing. Except to say that this is the first time his “physician” didn’t properly mask it. Nice going, Manny. Don’t worry, all of LA will still love you. Sadly.