Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Manny - "That's the News, And I Am Out of Here"

Manny (previously seen crawling after fly balls in Mannywood) has started the season more nimble than ever - enabling him to have his foot in his mouth and his head up his butt. Simultaneously. One interview in, and he's already out the door.

Manny Ramirez is known for saying some curious things. This is his latest pronouncement: The Dodgers star insists his days in LA are numbered. "I know I'm not going to be here next year," Ramirez said Monday. Ramirez's contract expires after this season. Why is he so certain he won't get an extension? "I don't know," he said. "I just know I'm not going to be here."

At 37, Ramirez is heading into his 17th major league season. The former World Series MVP served a 50-game drug suspension last year and, for him, was hardly a force -- .290, 19 home runs, 63 RBIs. Ramirez threw out the possibility that he could retire after 2010. "What I can do is to just wait and at the end of the season I can say to myself if I want to do this, if I want to play," Ramirez said. "That's where I'm at. I think I have to wait until the season ends and see where my family's at and make a choice."

Then later in the day, Manny does a 165

Reporting from Phoenix — With a bat in his hand and a smirk on his face, Manny Ramirez walked across the Dodgers' clubhouse on Tuesday to interrupt a conversation. "Listen," he said as he made a half-hearted attempt to suppress a giggle. "I want you to tell everyone that I felt so good practicing yesterday that I'm going to play five more years."

To Ned Colletti's credit, he spun the story with real panache.

"I'm worried about this season, that's where my focus is," Colletti said. "If that is accurate (that Ramirez won't return to the Dodgers) and he still wants to play after this year, I hope that he's the premier free agent on the market. That would mean he had a great year for the Dodgers."

As much as I'll miss the cheesy wigs, RBIs, sleepy defense, and estrogen jokes, I say...

And I also say...

15 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

Boo! Let Manny be Manny, and let's hope we get a good full productive season on him. Enough needless (and sometimes unfair) piling on by others.

drewelowe said...

Yeah Boo Hiss!

It really took you two whole days to come up with that post?

Mr. Customer said...

Yeah, chalk this one up as "couldn't possibly care any less, and what's the all the fuss about?"

If our dreadlocked friend wants to spend his twilight years cashing Hank Steinbrenner's or Tom Hick's Checks, more power to him.

Josh S. said...

A loose Manny in a contract year can only mean good things for us this season...as long as his body holds up.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

And yesterday he said "I'll play three more for this team and two more in Japan. Put that in there. I want to see myself on ESPN again". So who know's

Delino DeShields said...

With this response, look for even more attacks on Manny by the Delino.

Even though I love the excitement in Dodgers Stadium of his coming to the plate. And would love nothing more than seeing him play out his days in LA.

But I'm a big proponent of when a team pays you REALLY well, then shut the F up and play. This Manny being Manny is crap. It was crap in Boston. It's crap here.

To quote the Godfather "YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN"

Delino DeShields said...

@drewelowe

"Don't Hump the Honda"

Dusty Baker said...

DeLino - ever get the idea that Manny is just fucking with writers and reporters?

Don't feed the beast.

Delino DeShields said...

@DB - hard to argue with that. He knows how to get ink. Truth be told, I just wanted to use that Manny Used Car picture again :-)

Dusty Baker said...

Here's hoping Manny at least cuts a few mores Bee-Eye-Pee Tickess commercials before his career winds down. Those things are priceless.

el montanero said...

like a lot of people here, when i heard what he said all i could say was, "meh". manny has a way of saying things we all already know to be true, i.e. non-news, and making them sound somehow controversial. i would add more, but there are "don't hump the honda" mugs, t-shirts and magnets to buy! who knew!?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Is there any hope of signing Carl Crawford next year? I drool at the thought of an outfield of Crawford, Kemp, and Ethier.

fanerman said...

What if Honda humps you?

http://tinyurl.com/yh5kb5z

Delino DeShields said...

And with this thread, "Don't Hump the Honda" is poised to become the war cry of SoSG-maniacs everywhere for 2010.

Delino DeShields said...

@fanerman - that was the single best laugh I've had since... well, yesterday. It'd be longer, but I took my wife to see Andy Richter last night at Improv Olympics. But your "Honda" picture still killed me. Bravo - O.