Manny Ramirez Suspended for 50 Games...
by, 8th May 2009 at 07:01 AM (228 Views)
To be honest, this suspension actually affects Red Sox fans on a much deeper level than Dodgers fans, even though Ramirez now plays for LA, not Boston. I've been thinking about this ever since the news broke yesterday afternoon, and I'm a bit broken up about it. The 2004 and 2007 Red Sox, which both won world championships, were some of my favorite teams to root for ever.
And then the Manny thing comes out, and I'm forced to ask myself, "Did Manny cheat in '04? '07?" The sad thing about this whole thing is that Manny didn't need to cheat. The guy was born to hit. He has the purest swing I have ever seen in my lifetime (as short as it's been, but I digress). The guy could straight out hit. Lefties, righties, submariners, it didn't matter. Manny could hit anyone at any time. So I don't understand why he would risk his legacy as one of the best right handed hitters to ever play the game.
Not only this, but now I'm having the dreaded thoughts of "Who else on those two teams cheated?" After all, there are some players who have had questionable career paths. Kevin Millar, Mark Bellhorn, Bill Mueller. These three guys came out of nowhere, and then disappeared as soon as steroid testing started in the MLB. And the biggest player of all, the one I hate to ask about, David Ortiz. He leaves Minnesota and then starts hitting for big time power. But then rapidly drops off, and now he can't do it anymore because of tendon injuries.
My hope is that it's just Manny being Manny, and he had no idea what he was taking. At worst, one of my childhood memories, the Red Sox first world title in 86 years, is tainted forever. Today is not a good day to be a Red Sox fan.
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