One month and two days after he was suspended for taking performance-enhancing drugs,
"I'm ready to move on," Ramirez told a small group of reporters. "I didn't kill nobody. I didn't rape nobody. That's it. I'm going to play the game."
The scene was vintage Ramirez -- no press conference, no podium, no script, no plan. He just decided, smack in the middle of his 50-game suspension, to talk for the first time since the news broke. Ramirez's presence was so startling that when shortstop
In one breath, Ramirez made his absence sound painful, and in the next made it sound a little like a prolonged vacation. "(It's) not tough," he said. "I'm enjoying myself. Me and my uncle, we just watch the games on TV. Sometimes after the game, I call the guys, like (first baseman
Ramirez is working out at Dodger Stadium when the team is away and said he started running the bases Tuesday. He is eligible to return July 3, but he acknowledged that he will likely need a rehabilitation assignment to regain his swing. He cannot, however, prepare himself for the reaction he will receive from fans around the major leagues. "I know I let them down," Ramirez said. "When I come back I'll make it up and we'll move on ... It's going to be fun. It's going to be crazy." Oddly enough, the Dodgers don't seem to have missed Ramirez much. They entered last night's game against San Diego with a record of 39-20, best in the major leagues.
Their new left fielder,