Friday, October 19, 2007

Manny being stupid.

Boy, do I loathe Manny Ramirez.

Barry Bonds is a grandstanding cheat, both on and off the field. A-Rod is obnoxious on the field, a cheating narcissist off it. But Manny is just a fool. An idiot savant.

This is a man who has so much natural hitting talent, he assumes it's okay to be a lazy, careless, cocky embarrassment to his teammates, the Red Sox, the fans, the AL East, and baseball in general.

He pimps meaningless home runs, he doesn’t run out infield hits, and last night he hit the longest single since Robin Ventura's infamous "grand slam single" in 1999 – 375 feet - because he thought it looked like a home run and decided to jog out of the box. He asks to be traded nearly every July when the team is losing. He refuses to pinch hit. He calls in sick and is seen in his hotel bar drinking with a Yankee. He shows up late to Spring Training. He pisses in the Green Monster during pitching changes. Worst of all – and this is unforgivable - he loves reggaeton.

And after naming one of his sons Manny Ramirez, Jr., he had another one and named him...Manny Ramirez, Jr. No kidding.

But good Lord, can he hit. He can hang on an 0-2 count and force a walk. He can lay off a hanging curve and drive the ball anywhere he wants, whenever he feels like it. He hits for average, he hits for power, he hits in the clutch, and he wins games. But I can’t come to terms with Manny Ramirez being on my team anymore.

Part of me wants to see him fail, but a bigger part of me wants to see him hit the ball because it’s such a glorious thing to see. Does this make me as bad as a Yankee fan rooting for Reggie Jackson or Gary Sheffield? Or a Giants fan pulling for that artificial 756th? Pete Rose was a brawler and a gambler, but the man had personality. Reggie Jackson had boatloads of it, and Manny, sad to say, is all beatific innocence, personality coming out of his ears.

The worst part is, he’s idolized by droves of little kids all over New England who will someday have to come to terms with the fact that they can’t act the way he does and get away with it unless they hit over .300 ten years in a row.

There are other guys on the 2007 Red Sox who work hard everyday, 162 games plus, running out infield singles and groundouts, bouncing back from injuries quickly, giving interviews and autographs, visiting kids at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and generally being upstanding role models. Youkilis, Varitek, Wakefield, and Manny’s future replacement, Jacoby Ellsbury, come to mind. I love these guys. These guys are why I root for the always-unpredictable Sox. How utterly enjoyable it was in September, when Manny was out with a strained oblique and Jacoby was a vacuum out in left field, running his rookie ass off, hitting the crap out of everything he saw.

But now we’re in the postseason, and Manny’s back, and he’s hitting something like .442 with a 15-game postseason hitting streak, and I want to shower him with love and punches to the head.


Toothpaste Jones said...

Like anyone who struggles with dipping into a dark darkness whenever it seems the Sox are down and out, I was very upset with Manny when he said "there's always next year". Then I saw Game 5. The Red Sox were LOOSE. It was like Manny single-handedly turned the Red Sox mode of worrying into a breezy self assuredness. Can't wait for tomorrow night.

Anonymous said...

NAWW you need to stop hating on Manny Ramirez he's just living life to the fullest. And what's wrong with reggaeton? Nothing. How is that unforgivable? That's discrimination. Let me guess.

You're white. He's latino. He was raised in a latino country.. he was raised listening to this, ok? Whether he likes reggaeton or not, that's not your buisness.

I understand the lazy foolish part. But you still can't be hating.
Wow you really have no life... looking up pictures and information just to brag on how much you hate Yankees. Ugh.


nigguh stop fuckin hatin on cuhh.
you need ta get a fukkin life ou fuckin puusy ass nigguh
i bet if he was white you wouldn't give a fuck. you act like you never called in sick to hang out nigguhh what the fuck!?
p.s. no im not black or latina i bet thats what you thinkin..
haha i bet manny gets more than you
&& his first son is with one lady and its not manny smart ass its MANUEL manny is a fuk ass nick name bitch. His second son is with JULIANA his current wife you fuckin jackass && SHE named him manuel this time. and now he has another sone,, LUCAS. MANNN get your facts straight bitchass.
luk it up. if you too dumb to know what a hater is. mothufukker

millionsuns said...

Wow, who let Anonymous in the room? Good stuff.

millionsuns said...

More Manny:

millionsuns said...

And the final word on Manny: