And here’s your obligatory columns bashing the now White Sox outfielder after he was traded from the Dodgers…
“It always ends ugly for Manny Ramirez. Noticed that? It can’t ever be easy. It can’t ever be classy. It can’t ever be professional. It can’t be the kind of sweet, nostalgic, affectionate exit that true superstars, true Hall of Famers, deserve. No, with Manny, apparently, it’s always got to be none of the above.” [Jayson Stark for ESPN]
“But, with the exception of an occasional lucky moment when a fat pitch hit his slow bat, he departed the Dodgers the moment he was busted for being a performance-enhancing drug cheat. How do you say goodbye to someone who has been gone for 16 months? ‘Man ain’t the same since he’s been off his medicine,’ one of the Dodgers told me late last season. Man lost faith in his drug-free swing. Man lost the swag in his clubhouse swagger. Man wasn’t Manny again, really, until last weekend.” [Bill Plaschke for the LA Times]
“Manny never has done breakups particularly well, from airing every last stinky jockstrap on his way out of Cleveland to forcing a trade from Boston in 2008, to his latest, and perhaps greatest, act of defiance. Getting thrown out of his final game in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform Sunday after one pitch of a pinch-hitting appearance was Manny’s one-fingered farewell to the team that embraced him when he was a leper everywhere else, to the city that deified him when he was outed as a steroid user, to everyone who engaged in the symbiotic ugliness.” [Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports]
‘A figure of fun, all the way down to his last at-bat as a Dodger. With the bases loaded in a game the Dodgers eventually lost, 10-5, he came up in a spot tailor-made for him. He saw ball one, the umpire (Gary Cederstrom) saw strike one, and one thing led to another and Ramirez got run. Of course he got run. He’s Manny.” [Ray Ratto for CBS Sports]
We’ll have more if we come across any.