He will quit on the White Sox just the way he quit on the Red Sox and the Dodgers. Sooner or later. Bank on it.
Now they understand. Manny is all about Manny. And greed. Oh, and he's also a steroid cheat, who's been caught twice.
Manny the con man spoke through an interpreter (White Sox bench coach
And good luck to you, too,
Ha ha. How cute? Just Manny being Manny, right?
Ramirez is one of the great sluggers of the steroid era. If he hadn't been caught cheating twice (Manny showed up on the 2003 list, and was suspended for 50 games for failing a test in 2009), Ramirez would be a first-ballot, Hall of Fame lock. His numbers make him the
On a daily basis, there's nothing evil or disruptive about having Manny on your team. He shows up most of the time, puts in the work, and produces. He keeps to himself for the most part and generally acts like your average 12-year-old kid. There's no evil force at work.
He's goofy. He'll forget to cash paychecks, disappear inside the leftfield wall to take a leak, cutoff a throw from a centerfielder, and forget how many outs there are. He's been known to hug complete strangers.
Sometimes teammates are strangers to Manny. There's nothing menacing about Manny Ramirez.
But he quits. He quit on the Red Sox twice. He quit in September 2006 for no apparent reason. In 2008 he was mad because the Sox were not extending his contract, so he acted out. He slapped
Manny's early days in Los Angeles were heavenly. He carried the Blue to the playoffs. He cultivated a few reporters and got great reviews. Dodgers owner
Now Manny has quit on the Dodgers. After the early Manny Mania with "Mannywood" and Manny wigs and fawning fans and media, Manny quit again. He got himself suspended for taking female fertility drugs. In his final Dodger at bat last week, he was asked to pinch hit with the bases loaded in Colorado. After taking a called strike, he argued with the ump and got himself ejected. That was it for Manny in Los Angeles.
After playing for patient managers (
It's harder for Manny to hit now that it's harder to juice.
Testing is not his friend. Some of the power and skill is gone.
But he's still Manny. And it will end badly in Chicago, just as it did in Boston and Los Angeles.