Dodgers attendance... "It's about to go down!!"
"She said Mannywood You Rich, Take the Doo Rag Off."
Damn Manny. I shed a tear today. What's happening to the sport we love? Honestly, he was the last dude I'd think would get caught in this shit. Thought his G-d given ability was all he needed. You always hear the stories about his superhuman workout regime while attending G Dubs and figured he paid his dues au natural to get where he is. It's unfortunate for the sport. But maybe it's a blessing in disguise and will force baseball to really step their game up. Where you at Bud?? Between the A-Rods, Giambis, Sheffields, Clemens, Pettittes, Sosas, McGwires, Palmeiros and Bonds (damn that's a lot)- we all knew this shit was prevalent- but none of them got caught in the act (sans Palmeiro), at least present day. The impact and shock isn't the same. Finally a superstar was caught and will pay the penalty. One of baseball's most prized personalities at that. My jaw hit the floor when I first heard. Maybe Joe Torre will write about the syringe and pill laced Dodger clubhouse a couple of years from now. Jerk. I feel for you Donnie Baseball. Still love you.
Manny released this statement earlier today:
"Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. 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've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.
I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I'm sorry about this whole situation."
I find it so mind boggling how players can still use the "the dog ate my homework" line. Please. I wouldn't risk getting caught doing anything at a 30G per year job. But a player making $20 mil plus is unaware of medications banned under the policy? That shit makes absolutely no sense. Motherfuckers are the most privileged individuals on the planet who get paid super bucks to play a sport they love. And they play that naive shit? Officer, I didn't know it was loaded. Seriously. Sorry, can I go now? My bad yo.
On a personal level, I love the dude. He slapped Youkilis during a game. He's a hero. He has fun playing the game. This shit bothers me way more than A-Rod basically because A-Rod's a jerk. Other than his stats he doesn't bring anything to the table and if it weren't for pinstripes, A-Rod could eat the dilz. I never rooted for Manny on the Sox, but always enjoyed watching him play the game, or lack there of. I finally get a chance to support the dude, and POOF, he's gone.
Real talk, I'm glad I didn't draft him in the 2nd round- best believe he was on my radar. At least the Dodgers have the highly paid Juan Pierre on their bench. You add his steals to Manny's numbers and you might have the greatest player ever. I can dream can't I. This is karma getting back at Torre for the slander he spewed at the organization responsible for him living the good life on the West Coast.
Hopefully they'll start selling "Free Manny" shirts on Dyckman.
What baseball will miss:
Peep Manny and the wave. Wasn't able to embed the link.
Manny the interpreter
Manny aka Allen Iverson