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Manny hits the showers early

Oct 21, 2009, 8:25 AM EDT

Is anyone particularly surprised by this?:

When asked prior to Tuesday’s workout how surprised he was to see
Jimmy Rollins beat the Dodgers with a walk-off double into the
right-center gap the night before, Ramirez said he was in the shower at
the time.

“When I came out, they were turning the TVs off and everybody was coming in,” Ramirez said.

Torre gives some quotes suggesting that it was no big deal. Of course, he gave a lot of quotes saying that various things that happened in New York were no big deal too, and we learned otherwise in his book.  I can’t imagine that anyone on the Dodgers appreciates this kind of thing. If the Dodgers won and are up in this series, people chalk this up to Manny being Manny, have a chuckle and move on. But they’re not up. They’re about to be eliminated, and this kind of thing shows total disrespect his teammates.

Not that this is unprecedented.  Remember Rickey Henderson and Bobby Bonilla playing cards for the last three innings of the uber-intense Game 6 of the 1999 NLCS? Their Mets’ teammates were not at all pleased: “Guys who saw (the card game) wanted to take a bat to their heads after
the game . . . There were
players crying and screaming in the dugout (after the Mets lost the
game in 11 innings). Then they walk in the clubhouse and see that?” The difference, based on reports of both incidents is that Henderson and Bonilla were being intentionally defiant, sulking in the locker room because each were displeased with certain decisions made by Bobby Valentine during the NLCS.  Unless something is going on we don’t know about, Manny was just . . . well, I won’t say it.

Probably worth noting that neither Henderson nor Bonilla were on the 2000 Mets following that incident. The only way Ramirez isn’t on the 2010 Dodgers is if he opts out of his deal, which he almost certainly won’t do.  This kind of nonsense, however, is only going to increase the number of people who want him gone. 

  1. Mo Green - Oct 21, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Henderson was mad because he got yanked for Melvin Mora in the eighth inning, but Bobby V let him jog out to left field first. He felt publicly humiliated. Bonilla only played 60 games that season due to a lingering knee injury and poor performance while being paid a then-astronomical 5.9 million. He hit well below the Mendoza line in part-time action.
    This is the type of story that takes on a different life over time, you have two veterans who truly hated their manager, and were acting out to express that.
    Manny is just suffering a side-effect from female fertility drug withdrawal. Makes you selfish and uncaring.

  2. jonny5 - Oct 21, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    What do you expect from a steroid shooting, egocentric, dirty grease ball? Seriously?? He is not a team player. He feels that baseball revolves around himself ,and his contract kind of tells him that. His behavior in Boston was terrible. Did someone think that the LA weather was going to change him? Was his new contract going to shrink his ego? This is what you get for signing Manny Ramirez. Craig, I for one am not surprised in the least bit.

  3. Joey B - Oct 21, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    I’m shocked that Manny put Manny ahead of the team. Shocked I tell you, shocked!
    Is anyone really surprised?

  4. Alan - Oct 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Another negative Craig Calcaterra story! Why am I not surprised? Why don’t you try writing something positive about the playoffs? They have been amazing to watch and I’m sure even you can find something positive about them.

  5. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 21, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Manny is just suffering a side-effect from female fertility drug withdrawal. Makes you selfish and uncaring.

    Oh come on Mo, give the man a break. He’s 37 years old and we all know how difficult it is for men to get pregnant at that age. He’s probably still depressed as he’s losing out on a chance to have a baby.

  6. Mode:Theif and Lair - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    C’mon. Obviously Manny is not only a literalist, but also follows orders. When being replaced on the field aren’t they “sent to the showers”

  7. Diesel - Oct 21, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    @ Alan
    No one wants to hear what you have to say. Stop writing comments about other people that betray naked envy. You are insignficant, no matter what your pastor tells you.
    Repeat this to your friends.

  8. JBerardi - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    God, I love Manny. I love it most when he does something like this that has absolutely no impact on the outcome of the game whatsoever, but it gets Serious Sports Fans angry because “he’s not a team player”. Love it, love it, love it.

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