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Say goodbye to Mannywood

Aug 3, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

Everything dies, baby, that's a fact.

I probably shouldn’t rock a Billy Joel-inspired headline one post after criticizing someone else for writing headlines that are in poor taste, huh?  Anyway:

It’s the end of a very brief and probably over-hyped era: the Dodgers have taken down the “Mannywood” sign that has adorned the left field corner in Dodger Stadium for the past couple seasons.  The stated reason: they sold that space to an advertiser. The big picture: that sign was coming down whether the real estate was sold or not. 

Ramirez has played only 61 games this year. The excitement of 2008 gave way to the multi-faceted disappointment that was 2009 and now — regardless of how good his rate stats are this year — his absence and the team’s struggles make the sort of joie de vivre that inspire those kinds of signs unthinkable. Absent a comeback next season that makes Vlad Guerrero’s year look like a
disappointment, there will be no similar hoopla surrounding Manny
again, no matter where he plays.

As a wise man once said: everything ends badly otherwise it wouldn’t end.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Cocktail reference…nice!! Now I have to go home and watch that after work tonight. Thanks.

  2. G2 - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Cocktail all in one short blog post.
    Simmons could have made a fourth pop culture reference

  3. BC - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Coughlin’s Law; Anything else is always something better.

  4. Jonny5 - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Hmmm? what? He can’t stay healthy without his PED’s?

  5. BC - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Hey I just remembered Gina Gershon was in ‘Cocktail’. She’s getting a little long in the tooth, but still eye candy. Not in the highest Drew Barrymore echelon, but a definite A-/B+.

  6. Roger Moore - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    The stated reason: they sold that space to an advertiser.

    The bigger picture: they sold that space to an advertiser because they wanted an excuse to take the sign down. If they had really wanted to keep the sign up, they wouldn’t have been marketing its space.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    It is not a fact that everything dies. Judge Holden does not die. And he is dancing, dancing….

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