Some of the best writing about the Manny situation I've read, from the blog of Kansas City Star sports columnist Joe Posnanski:
So, I have to admit … I did not reach the level of rage that so many people seemed to reach over the drug suspension of Manny Ramirez. [...]
Because, hey, I am not saying that anger is wrong. Manny Ramirez did cheat. He did take a banned substance. He did betray his fans and he did embarrass his team and he did make us all look at his great numbers in a whole new way. And, no, I don’t buy that it was an innocent mistake, and I don't buy that it was a misunderstanding, and, sure, as a fan, as an analyst, as a teammate, I can see being angry about the whole thing. I can see tearing into MannyBManny.
But … I just don't know where this sort of rage comes from after all this time. I mean, we've been through McGwire, through Giambi, through Bonds, through Caminiti, through Clemens, through Sheffield, through two Canseco books, through the Mitchell Report, through Balco and through A-Rod story after A-Rod story. We've been talking about this thing for years and year years; it has been inescapable, and it has overshadowed the game, and it has filled our newspapers with boring stories about boring people making boring excuses and other boring people making boring charges. We have endured the worst home run chase ever — the Barry Freak Show. We have watched TWO absurd Congressional circus acts. How many times can we get enraged? Are we just endlessly raw on this subject? Are we simply chasing the killer again and again as if it’s brand new, like the guy in "Memento?"
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