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Putting the Hanley Ramirez incident to rest

May 20, 2010, 1:42 AM EDT

ramirez-hanley-100519.jpgWe’ve certainly managed to squeeze a lot of mileage out of the Hanley Ramirez incident over the last couple of days.

Yes, he loafed. Yes, it was a bad thing. But now, after his apology to his team – and, even better, a three-hit game in a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday – we can all move on. (By the way, did you notice the Marlins are three games behind the Phillies?)

But before we do that, let’s take one last quick run around the Internet to see what they’re saying about the Florida Marlins’ best player.

First of all, in case you missed it, take a look at the big play in question.

  • Our own Bert Blyleven isn’t worried about Ramirez dogging it so much as he hates how the Marlin handled the aftermath.
  • Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy can’t understand why a baseball player can’t hustle when he’s only asked to do so every so often.

“Baseball demands maybe 7, 8, 9 times a game you gotta really bust your ass and make a play. You can’t do that?”

Um, Stan, you might want to talk to your team, which is getting kicked into left field by the Celtics.

  • Joe Posnanski asks his readers to answer the question “What if it had been Jeter?”

My personal favorite: Jeter would’ve caught the ball on one bounce, froze the runners with a look, started a triple play and helped an old lady across Dallas Braden’s mound.

  • Will Leitch (and Joe Sheehan) writes that talent should outweigh effort every time, but still wants Ramirez to “run, you idiot!”
  • And last but not least, Joe Riggins has a name for Ramirez: Lollygagger!

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  1. Triz - May 20, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    Or jeter would have missed the play but since he is Jeter everybody would have given him a pass and thought in their head that Jeter did all the stuff you said including helping the old lady. I bet if it was Jeter everybody would have been talking how hurt he was because he got injured in the last innings and he was still out there like a champion even though he was hurt.God forbid if Girrardi had dared to take Jeter out I can tell you Girardi’s job would have been on line and everybody in media would have been saying how long it will take Girardi to apologize to Jeter or else loose his job. Seriously, I am very confident that Girardi wouldn’t have dared to say he took Jeter out because of lack of hustle even if Jeter had done the same thing as Ramirez.

  2. Moses Green - May 20, 2010 at 7:24 AM

    You’re missing the point. Derek Jeter has never had a moment that bad in MLB. Never. There’s no “lackadaisicality” to The Captain’s game.

  3. Old Gator - May 20, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Got mileage out of L’affaire Hanley? Hell, he might as well have been a fifty gallon drum of ethanol. I gotta agree with Blyleven, though. It wasn’t quite an Ox-Bow Incident lynch mob out there, but it was pretty close. Now Wes Helms can go back to playing the occasionally competent glove at third and working on his pinch hitting duties (Fat Fredi had threatened to use him to play shortstop if Hanley remained recalcitrant since Old Wes had been drafted as one – dear Buddha, one shudders at the thought). After a minor orgy of representing Hanley as James Wait to the Feesh’s Narcissus, the wind seems to have filled the Teal Titan’s sails for another attempt to escape the sucking maelstrom of .500. Let’s see how long this little foray to the dizzying heights lasts.

  4. Jimmy Marlins Fan - May 20, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    it looked like the fish put all that talent together last night and played with a chip on their shoulder because they turned the red birds into the dead birds
    anibal was dominant, hanley had 3 hits, uggla and maybin go deep…it was a heck of a night to be a fish fan
    and only 3 games back of philly? bring em on

  5. Jose Bosox - May 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Lol at the dumbest comment I think I’ve seen about baseball from lil Triz here.
    Lets see, the media must have given Jeter a pass on the 4 gold gloves,
    Oh, and the 4 world series rings
    yea no hustle from the guy who’s made the all-star team 10 times.
    No hustle from the guy who has more hits than any active player in MLB
    No hustle from the guy who has more hits than any Yankee.
    No hustle from the guy who has more hits than any shortstop in the history of MLB.
    Triz should change its name to jiz as thats about what the comment is worth.

  6. charlie - May 21, 2010 at 4:29 AM

    i agee with jose bosox the comment by triz does not make any sense even though being a redsox fan myself you have to respect derek jeter he would never quit on any play and at his age he still goes all out. go redsox …

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