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The Spooge-Fest In LA Continues For Manny

Posted by Mike on October 1, 2008

It appears that the media covering the Los Angeles Dodgers cannot get enough Manny Ramirez in their lives. It seems like another day, and a another pro-Manny article. Just the other day you had the TJ Simers piece about Manny disliking Boston from day one. Today, you have the Dylan Hernandez article about just how wonderful a teammate Manny has been to his fellow Dodgers and coaches. Not to be surprised, but all these pro-Manny articles have come from the LA Times, were it seems like the writers there have a hard-on for the former Boston Red Sox. Whatever Ramirez’s agent, Scott Boras has done to Manny, or the LA Times writers is quite amazing. Just two months ago no one expected Ramirez to receive a 4-year $100 Million dollar deal he wanted, now it looks like the Dodgers will be forced to give Manny a blank check. From the LA Times:

Dodger Stadium has turned into the capital of Mannywood in two short months, the ballpark taken over by a cartoon character of a superstar who wears a loose-fitting uniform and helmet that always seems to fly off his head to expose a set of bouncing dreadlocks.

“I used to think that one hitter couldn’t make such a profound impact on a team,” closer Takashi Saito said. “But watching him, I’ve changed my opinion. He’s changed the way I think about baseball.”

“I never thought that anyone could play baseball and have that much fun,” Saito said. “It’s like he’s a one-man, baseball-playing festival.”

Third base coach Larry Bowa, who acknowledges being a nervous wreck during games, said Ramirez has helped lighten his mood as well.

In the seventh inning of almost every game, Bowa said, Ramirez turns to Torre and tells him to take him out of the game — with a smile. Torre and Bowa laugh, remembering how in an Aug. 11 home game against Philadelphia, Ramirez misinterpreted a gesture from Torre and thought he was out of the game. Left field was empty with the ninth inning about to start until someone told Ramirez he was still in the game.

“It’s a game to him,” Bowa said. “He’s so successful because he’s so relaxed. I’ve never seen anyone take it to this level. I’ve never seen anyone do it for two months.”

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