Lights Out in Mannywood

So by now the news of the 50-game suspension of Manny Ramirez has virtually blown up the internet.  Seriously, when everyone from Perez Hilton to Alyssa Milano has weighed in on this, I’m not really sure what more I could add.  Or even what I would want to.

Other than this.  Is there anyone out there who actually buys one word of this “official statement” released today by the Major League Baseball Players Association on behalf of Manny?:

“Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay 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.”

Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez

The rag that knows him so well, The Boston Globe, provides a little more color on this first day of at least two months of Manny stories prior to his scheduled return on July 3rd. 

The loss of nearly $7.7 million of his $25 million salary is nothing compared to the loss of whatever reputation he had left.

As Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, one of the most level-headed and knowledgeable journalists covering the game today says, “Forget Manny, don’t forgive him.”

Can’t say it any better than that.

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~ by acm213 on May 7, 2009.

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