Thursday, October 18, 2007

Manny Being Healthy

I can't help but think that Manny Ramirez has the lowest blood pressure and longest life-expectancy of any Major League ballplayer:

"We all play hard and if things don’t come like they’re supposed to come, we’ll come next year. Why should we panic? We’ve got a great team, if it doesn’t happen, we’ll come next year and do it again. If it doesn’t happen, so who cares? There’s always next season. It’s not like we’re in a war."

While these comments have probably led to the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments on Boston sports radio, he's right. It's a game. People got mad at him for jumping around happily the other night for that homer? Cut him some slack. He's like a little leaguer. He's enjoying what he's doing. He knows it isn't life or death. He's honestly, earnestly, wonderfully Manny. And I suppose Manny will get a pass for it as a result of the MbM rule.

Imagine what would happen, however, if J.D. Drew said something like this . . .


64cardinals said...

I'm with you on the Manny issue. I actually am happy to see someone who enjoys playing the game. The HR look might have been a little much, only given the situation, but Manny should be left alone and left to play.

Of course, the big difference between Ramirez and Drew is the is the slight issue of production. One produces and is a little flaky. The other doesn't and has no personality.

I'll take Manny on my team anyday.

Diesel said...

Hey, there has to be some upside for sports writers assuming every Latin American baseball player is an idiot, right?

Truth is, for all his supposed flakiness, Manny Ramirez sounds like the most grounded individual in baseball right now.

Pete Toms said...

I wanna join the pro Manny camp.

Actions speak louder than words ( on the rare occasion Manny speaks ) and I read that he works super hard. In other words his work ethic indicates that he does take his job seriously. Like any job though, you can only take it so seriously. He's right, its not life and death.

An aside, FOX - home of the close up ( it's like watching a daytime soap ), quickly cuts away whenever there is a shot of a player(s) smiling or laughing. Come on, it's entertainment, lighten up.