Well I wonder how Frank McCourt is feeling these days. After an acrimonious off-season negotiating session, which saw Scott Boras extract over $100 million for his client, Manny Ramirez, McCourt must now realize how bad he was taken. Not only were the Dodgers the only team left pursuing Ramirez, they, through deferments, will be paying him millions a year into the foreseeable future for NOT playing.
I cannot add anymore to what has already been written and said about the 50 day suspension. When most of these players get caught, they are like 12 year olds who try to use the “I didn’t know” excuse. Right. And Tony Soprano works in waste management.
Here’s Manny’s statement: “Recently, I saw a physician for a personal health issue,” Ramirez said. “He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy, that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing: I have taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.” As if that is supposed to absolve him.
Manny knew darn well what he was being prescribed. The players have a list of all banned substances. All he needed to do was to cross-reference the list. This latest episode is another example of what is so malodorous about today’s game. Greedy and, yes, dumb, owners shilling out millions of dollars beyond my comprehension for spoiled, narcissistic players. These actions continue to soil the game.
And what about the Dodgers players? How will they respond?
“This is a team. This is not the `Los Angeles Mannys,”‘ said injured first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who played with Ramirez on Boston’s 2004 World Series team. “Manny’s a big part of our team. But as far as the team goes, this is a tremendous opportunity for us to prove to people that we’re not just Manny and 24 other guys.” Well-stated.
Next time you wonder why your time didn’t sign that superstar free agent, think Manny, Jason, Alex and Miguel. You’re better off without them.