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Thursday, May 7, 2009

What Manny should do

As reports surface of Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez taking steroids, the baseball world is once again being flung into a frenzy. As if the 50-game suspension isn't bad enough, how livid must the Dodgers be to know they supported this guy, and essentially built the majority of their recent marketing around this guy. The Manny-wigs sold in the merch shops. "Mannywood." The guy was the marketing piece of the Dodgers, and everyone in LA was fine with it ... until now when it appears to be collapsing.

The perspective from the No Joshin' blog about how Manny should handle the situation:

Manny Ramirez has one chance - just one chance - at redemption. As reports surface that the savior of the Dodgers tested positive for steroids and will be suspended 50 games effective immediately, the slugger must follow the footsteps of past perpetrators and apologize NOW!

Don't go down the road that Roger Clemens took, firm denial with a dash of rage. Don't try to shut out the outside world like Barry Bonds and as a result become vilified. Don't even attempt to move on without talking about it because it happened in the past, a la Mark McGwire.

No. Manny must apologize - even if he's not specific - to his fans, to the Dodgers, to baseball for letting them all down.

As my girlfriend, a Dodger-diehard said this morning upon hearing the news, "I'm just disappointed. ... It's like finding out Santa Clause isn't real." How true that is.

The man who seemingly single-handedly lifted the Dodgers from the middle of the pack to the champions of the NL West last summer after a blockbuster trade is now on the fast track out of the game unless he can do the necessary damage control.

Look at how Andy Pettitte or Jason Giambi and others were able to bounce back from similar reports. Learn from that and repeat.

Mannywood will never again have the same glitz, glamor or glory that fans came in LA came to enjoy last season. At this point, Ramirez can only diffuse the situation by coming clean, taking his lumps, and admitting what he did.

Just because Santa Clause isn't real doesn't mean you can't celebrate Christmas. But it certainly ruins some of the magic.


Anonymous said...

manny your my hero, say your sorry that makes cheating ok in baseball but dont bet on baseball thats not ok

Anonymous said...

Manny, like all the others before him is a disgrace. I couldn't believe the Dodgers today, saying he 'made a mistake'! Its not a mistake when your testosterone level is less than the combined total of the Vienna Boys Choir, you need to pump some life back into the twins. He got a doctor to prescribe growth hormone but amazingly that doctor had no idea it was banned in MLB????? There is no mistake-he took roids, and needed to get his testosterone levels normal. The one shame is that over half the fans polled on the Armada website would like to see Manny play for the Fleet! Why? So he could ruin the next generation of MLB talent? Armada baseball has been and should be about going to the ballpark and having fun, watching guys play a game they love. There is no room for Manny on the Armada, and I can only hope that he will retire or be banned from the sport forever.

"Cappie" said...

Anonymous.....You need to be banned permananlty. I think someone in your family tree was on roids, or some type of drugs.