Manny Ramirez is done with rehab. (His final line: 3-for-10, 1 HR, 2R). When asked if he wanted to comment after last night's game, Manny replied, "No thank you. Go to YouTube." So I went to YouTube, but didn't have enough time to look around — there's like a hundred videos at that site. It made me wonder, is "Go to YouTube" the new "Go to hell"?
Anyway, it looks like Dodger fans aren't going to get a dedicated apology from Manny, and judging by the warm receptions he received in Albuquerque, Lake Elsinore and San Bernardino, it isn't necessary. Mercurial sluggers and laid-back fans are made for each other. As Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts puts it, "[A] lot of us were upset over Manny, but a lot of us got over it over the past seven weeks."
Manny returns to major-league action on July 3, but fans at Dodger Stadium won't get to cheer him until July 16*. Manny's warm welcome should continue as long as he does two things: (1) acknowledge the fans (we're hearing so many instances of Manny not signing autographs, but the photo above shows he's making some effort) and (2) produce at the plate. That's it. Win and you're in. The rest will be history.
*SoSG Delino will be covering Manny's homecoming from the press box. Look for it!
photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers