I think my girlfriend, Heather, put it best in her Facebook status message: “Manny makes kids who love baseball cry”.
We’ve all known for some time that Manny is hardly the sharpest tool in the box, but to take a prescribed medication and not even have the sense to check whether it’s on the list of banned substances is downright foolish. Sure, it might not have been ‘steroids’, but that’s besides the point.
And, yes, it is the kids and the fans who suffer the most here. He might not be the best outfielder, he might be sluggish around the bases, but we all know one thing’s certain: Manny can smack that damn ball like no-one else. He is hardly the greatest role-model ever, but kids play ball because they want to hit like Manny, and that will, unfortunately, be tainted forever.
He’ll be back soon enough, and the Dodgers will probably be fine without him. In fact, on his return, expect the fireworks to start again and that average to keep climbing. But I can’t help feeling sorry for all the fans and kids who’ve got tickets to sit and bask in the sunshine in Mannywood in Dodger Stadium over the next few weeks. Hopefully the games will still be fun, but they just won’t be the same, and little kids excited by seeing their hero Manny Ramirez at the plate will just have to wait, because the dipstick didn’t even have the sense (or courtesy) to check what he was prescribed.
Thanks for spoiling the already-tarnished game of baseball just that little bit more, Manny.