Skip to content

Papi feels bad for troubled Manny, says he’s ‘a good dude’

Sep 17, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

manny-papi-110916.standard[1]

David Ortiz hasn’t seen his friend and former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez since the spring, when Boston played Tampa Bay in a Grapefruit League contest.

But he is well aware of all that has been going on with Ramirez this season, and feels bad for the disgraced former star.

Ramirez, who retired abruptly in April after news surfaced that he faced a 100-game suspension for failing a drug test for the second time, was arrested on Monday on charges of domestic violence. He was accused of slapping his wife in the face, causing her to hit her head on a bed’s headboard. He was released on $2,500 bail on Tuesday.

Ortiz spoke to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com about Ramirez on Friday, and while he didn’t condone Ramirez’s actions, he did say that retirement can be hard on a player who is used to playing baseball every day, and that stopping so suddenly, as Ramirez did, could be difficult.

He also spoke of reaching out to Ramirez to see how he was doing.

“He had a wonderful career, and it didn’t end the way he wanted it to, but he still had a great career. You marry your wife one day because you think that’s the right person to be right next to. Now that you need her the most, you don’t want to be going through things like that. It’s easier said than done, but Manny’s a good dude. He’s not a bad person. I hope everything works out for him and his family.”

It’s a sad story, and whatever you think of Manny Ramirez, you have to hope that this isn’t the beginning of a story that turns even sadder. Let’s hope that Ortiz is right about Manny. Maybe he can help his former teammate.

You can follow Bob on Twitter here, or if Facebook is your thing, be his friend here.

  1. JBerardi - Sep 17, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    “David Ortiz hasn’t seen his friend and former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez since the spring, when Boston played Tampa Bay in a Grapefruit League contest.”

    You know what it means when you never see your “friend” from work outside of work? It means they’re not really your friend. Much like David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez aren’t really friends. They certainly had some fun working together, but when have they ever been known to associate with each other off the field in any way?

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 17, 2011 at 8:07 AM

      You know what it means when you judge the personal relationships of people you’ve never met? It means you’re an idiot.

      • JBerardi - Sep 17, 2011 at 8:09 AM

        Isn’t that basically what I just said?

    • deathmonkey41 - Sep 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM

      “when have they ever been known to associate with each other off the field in any way?”

      I think they used to inject each other when they both played in Boston.

  2. hittfamily - Sep 17, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Well, they have been known to associate themselves into the Mitchell Report.

    • JBerardi - Sep 17, 2011 at 8:13 AM

      Neither is in the Mitchell report. Ortiz’s name leaked off the survey testing list and Manny just failed a drug test after he went to the Dodgers.

  3. jason9696 - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    I guess hitting your wife these days makes you “a good dude”.

    • drewmunny - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      Apparently so. Guess I’m not the only one reading this wondering how Papi feels for Manny’s wife. Where the hell does Ortiz get off even barely insinuating that somehow Manny is the vicitm of all this? Everything Manny has done, he’s done to himself. He chose the PED’s and consequently, the suspensions and early retirement. Hitting his wife, regardless of the circumstances surrounding it, is not justifiable in any way shape or form. My own father used to say that we are judged by the company we keep (among other things), and whether these two are truly “friends” or not, I just learned a thing or two about Ortiz.

      • JBerardi - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

        ” My own father used to say that we are judged by the company we keep (among other things), and whether these two are truly “friends” or not, I just learned a thing or two about Ortiz.”

        “Where or not Ortiz is friends with Manny, Ortiz is a jerk for being friends with Manny.”

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Like most people, I do not know whether Manny actually did to his wife what is alleged, but in general, barring circumstances such as self defense, a man who hits a woman is simply not a “good dude.” Troubled dude might be closer. We can think about eventually calling such a man good if he expresses deep remorse and then makes every effort to master the skills of anger management and verbally expressing his emotions and never again hits a woman.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Cubs shore up rotation with Jon Lester
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. W. Myers (2142)
  2. J. Kang (2040)
  3. D. Ross (1957)
  4. M. Scutaro (1836)
  5. J. Shields (1832)
  1. C. Gonzalez (1831)
  2. D. Haren (1799)
  3. J. Grilli (1725)
  4. T. Tulowitzki (1723)
  5. S. Smith (1579)