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Manny gets booed

Aug 24, 2009, 9:52 AM EDT

When you screw up with a seven game lead in the division, you’re colorful.  When you do it during an extended swoon that has people wondering whether you can hold on to the lead, you get the raspberries:

There was no translation needed to comprehend the most unusual of sounds showered upon Manny Ramirez in the sixth inning Sunday afternoon:


Dodgers fans loudly voiced their displeasure after the wildly popular left fielder allowed Aramis Ramirez’s hit to roll past him to the wall for a triple that sparked a tiebreaking two-run outburst and gave the Chicago Cubs a 3-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers’ poor play has been a team effort lately, but with Ramirez sitting at .254/.345/.431 since the break, you can bet that he’s going to get the lion’s share of the blame if L.A. somehow woofs the division away to the Rockies or Giants.

  1. Richard Solis - Aug 24, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    What do you mean Manny’s not happy??? Getting paid millions of dollars isn’t making Manny happy?? I’d be ecstatic, so ecstatic that I would make an extra effort and even, gasp, dive and stretch out for some potential hits. Anything to help the team win.

  2. Kim Possible - Aug 24, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Boston won as many without Manny as LA will win with him.

  3. Sadie - Aug 24, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Manny will never be remembered as one the “Greats” , he will be remembered for being “Manny” . When you are a great , you doing everything the best you can and if deficient in one area , you work hard to improve > I don’t see Manny doing this on his fielding . The same can be said about Shaq and his free-throws . I don’t think the Boston Red Sox are regretting that Manny left even though they are in a late summer swoon .

  4. Denver2009 - Aug 24, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Hey Red Sox fans, you still complaining about Manny a year later! Why don’t you along with the Red Sox players start whining about how John Smoltz quit on you only to pitch a great game one week later for another team. Yeah, that’s right, then Red Sox management can file a claim with the Commissioner’s Office claiming Smoltz quit on them and should not be allowed to receive the 1.375MM the Red Sox are paying him this year. Get over it Red Sox people…

  5. BRUCE J. TURNER - Aug 24, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    If Manny hadn’t come to the Dodgers at the trading deadline last season the Dodgers would not have won the division last year because he taught all the young hitters how to win. Now that he had his problems with the illegal drugs the Dodgers had the winning ways and now that he’s back everybody expects Manny to carry the entire team. Right now, he needs a little help. Casey Blake is doing his share and Andre Ethier is hitting with more power than he used to. I wonder where they developed that from? Every player has their “slumps” and right now Manny is going through one. If the Dodger “Blue” faithful would stand behind him and give him encouragement instead of “booing” him for not hitting a home run or two each game maybe Manny would break out of this slump and hit like he can. I don’t believe Manny has been helped all his professional career by drugs. He still is the best right-handed hitter in the game in my book.

  6. Denver2009 - Aug 24, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Atta boy Biggs! See my response to Terri Whelan, another Red Sox loser who can’t over it…

  7. Arcade - Aug 24, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Manny sucks always has, and always will, he cant run a ball, his pants are to baggy and he need to get rid of the dreads. Its embarrassing to be a dodger fans when he is in the line up.
    dodgers were doing fine without him.

  8. Carlos - Aug 24, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    YOU FORGOT TO MENTION ALBERT PUlJOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is more consistant. If I had to go with a go to guy, it would be Puljos.

  9. Marcel - Aug 24, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Not to get off-topic, but… are you implying that Shaq isn’t great? He is arguably one of the 10 greatest players in NBA history. And I doubt that he never worked to get better at free throw shooting, just as I doubt that Manny never worked on improving his fielding. Everyone has their weak spots that they simply can’t improve, no matter how much they to. It’s a mark of their greatness that their other skills can compensate so well for their weaknesses.

  10. HOTROD - Aug 25, 2009 at 11:43 AM


  11. HOTROD - Aug 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    LADIES PLAY ????

  12. Thomas - Aug 25, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Soriano – No roids, no hits.

  13. HOTROD - Aug 26, 2009 at 11:30 AM


  14. Judy - Aug 26, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Makes me appreciate the guys on my team — the Phillies — who all give 100% for themselves and the team every day. They play clean, and even the stars don’t pull that diva crap.
    Go Phillies!

  15. TimmyG - Aug 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Look, if i go to work in the morning and work like crap and have a negative attitude, eventually i will get let go. This is what should happen to manny, Dodgers should let him go and we can all just forget about him. He can move to some third world country and find a bunch of chumps to praise him there!

  16. TimmyG - Aug 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Look, if i go to work in the morning and work like crap and have a negative attitude, eventually i will get let go. This is what should happen to manny, Dodgers should let him go and we can all just forget about him. He can move to some third world country and find a bunch of chumps to praise him there!

  17. Cru11 - Sep 1, 2009 at 12:59 AM

    Juan Pierre anyone??? Geez! I know he doesn’t have the homerun threat that Manny does but the guy is batting .323 this season, a constant threat on the basepaths and I must say an excellent glove in left field. A definite All-Star snub in my opinion.

  18. the alps - Sep 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    I am not surprised with your comment concerning Soriano. I grew up around people from the dominican republic (unfortunately) and the majority of them possess a lazy-ass attitide. Once they get to where they are they treat people (who are not dominican of course) with no respect.These players were living in third world countries and who lived in shacks with no running water or electricity. Now they think they are better than everyone.
    They don’t have allegience to the country that got them out of living in a third world.

  19. keith boyd - Sep 4, 2009 at 5:22 AM

    Lets look at Real names That built this game Mantle Ruth Mays Gibson Maris Clemete Ted williams They play because they loved the game Not the money or fame Manny was never good he hit homeruns and cheated with that Baseball is a game that must be given 100 percent on both sides especially defense and effort all the players above did that everyday MANNY doesnt and its bad for the game and children who IDOLIZE HIM

  20. Mike - Sep 14, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Haha…I loved the Soriano comparison from one of the comments. The only difference here is that Ramirez was actually GOOD on Boston despite being a pain in the rear end. Soriano is certainly getting paid, but now he can’t hit for an average, doesn’t hit homers, can’t run any more, and definitely never could field the ball, AND the Cubs own his contract for the next half decade with no possibility of being able to trade him. I feel for Cubs and Dodgers fans in this case as I have family members who are both. At least the Dodgers could potentially bench him and set up the, “Suspension Outfield,” again. They were doing fine without him, so why not?

  21. Mike - Sep 14, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    That’s sort of silly reasoning…statistics show what a player has done and by extension what he may be likely to do. However, that logic does not apply so rigidly at the end of a player’s career (or after he has kicked steroids when he has relied on them for his entire career). Think about it: would you rather have Babe Ruth from 1935 with his career 207 OPS+, or Juan Pierre from this season? I’d rather have Juan Pierre. At least he will get on base, steal bases, score runs, and prevent runs from scoring. Manny Ramirez has been terrible since his return. The Dodgers would be better off without him.
    This is where sabrematricians (both amateur and professional) seem to get in trouble by applying statistics irresponsibly. And can we stop calling them sabrematricians? Can we just call them statisticians? Seems kind of pretentious and ignorant to me….

  22. bigE66 - Sep 16, 2009 at 7:09 AM

    Ahhhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! Hate to say we(Sox fans) told you so…..

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