I didn’t say that he was unfixable, but I am tired of the excuses. To fix a problem, you have to acknowledge there is a problem and a lot of you don’t. You try to make excuses because he is so talented and he brought so much excitement to the team last year.
Remember, I am the guy who brought you these headlines:
The Key Is To Score So Many Runs Even Broxton Can’t Blow It!
Dear New Dodger GM, Just Say “No” To Manny…
A Pig With Lipstick!
In that Blog, I wrote this:
The buzz all over the internet is whether the Dodgers will be able to sign Manny Ramirez after the season is over. Speculation is rampant that it will take up to 4 years and $120 million to get it done. The question is not whether the Dodgers can afford to sign Manny, it’s whether they really want to! Look, ManRam has brought a whole new attitude to the Dodgers, to say nothing of the fact that he has been a one-man offensive wrecking crew! But the question I have is whether this is a “Pig With Lipstick?” It has been widely reported that Manny was despised by most of his teammates the last two years in Boston and that he was faking injuries, not hustling and being a general cancer in the clubhouse. Does anyone believe that it can’t happen again? Does a leopard change its’ spots? I don’t have the answer, but it’s a question worth asking. Manny showed up and saved our season. Could he wreck it next year? If the stories about him in Boston are true, can he really be trusted not to show up fat and out of shape like Andruw Jones? Can he really be “OUR LEADER?” Can the Golddigger who has an affair with a married man, who then divorces his wife and marries her, ever be sure the same thing won’t happen to her as well? Right now, this is a “feel good” story, but people close to Manny say he can turn it into a train wreck at the drop of a hat. Can we sign him? YES! Should we sign him? I don’t really know… But, I do know that a pig with lipstick is still a pig!
If We Live By The Manny, Do We Die By The Manny? Enjoy the ride because you never know…
Yasiel Puig presents some of the same issues. He has unquestionable talent, but is somewhat of a head case.
Both times he was caught off base in the Dodgers last game were unforgivable. Quit making excuses. THERE IS NEVER A TIME YOU TRY AND DO THAT! There are no excuses. Get real! Don Mattingly was not the only one who got in his face. Adrian Gonzalez also called him out. QUIT MAKING EXCUSES! This is a real concern. Teammates feel that Puig is uncoachable, unwilling to change, self-absorbed, narcissistic, and willing to feign injury to save face.
He has exceptional talent, but how many talented athletes have we seen crash and burn? It is not too late – he can be fixed – he can still be a superstar – IF HE WANTS TO PAY THE PRICE. I question his commitment…
The game is easy to him. Too easy. Does he take it seriously? Will he ever? I would trade him in a heartbeat for Giancarlo Stanton - Low risk, lower reward.