Manny Ramirez is gone from baseball. Rather than submit to discipline for an evidently failed drug test, he retired. Don’t let the doorknob hit you on the way out. I was against Manny from the get go. I was against trading for him. I was against re-signing him. I was not happy about it. I didn’t know about his drug use, but I knew about his character, and I said “I rather lose without him, than win with him.“ I meant it.
Now, you might say “well look what he did for the Dodgers in 2008!“ But, I will ask, who else might the Dodgers have signed if they hadn’t spend $45 mil on Manny? It’s a worthy question – but, one that has no answer. Manny Ramirez was Dope For the Dodgers! They inhaled … deeply, and the fans were hooked. But, just like crack or methamphetamine, the high was short-lived. Was the “going up worth the coming down?” I still say no. The 2010 crash of the Dodgers was as much about the money spent on Manny, Jones and Pierre as anything. The Dodgers need to do better. Ned needs to do better.
Even Ray Charles could see that Bury Bonds was a cheater. As I write this, the jury will decide if he is a Liar! The judge excluded so much damning evidence from the jury that I put the odds at less than 50-50. We should find out soon.
Let’s play ball – I am done with the cheaters and liars. I hope Bonds is convicted so that he sill never see the Hall-of-Fame (I doubt he will anyway, but a conviction cinches it). It’s too bad we can’t convict Manny as well.
Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish.
Let’s Play Ball!