Sunday, August 29, 2010

Goodbye Manny

Manny Ramirez

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I wasn't a Manny Ramirez fan. I stopped defending him after his suspension last year. I was attacked by many readers and most of them said I'm a hater. That I wasn't a real Dodger fan. Whatever.

While with the team, I still rooted for him. I have to. He's a Dodger. He has my support. Anytime he came up to bat, I was hoping he gets on base. But I wasn't as excited as the Summer of 2008. That was an amazing time. Ramirez brought energy. He carried that team. After the suspension, everything went downhill. Man-Ram started to break down like a lego toy.

Okay, if you're still a Man-Ram fan, you will be happy to read what I'm about to say.  I don't think Ramirez was being treated fairly these last four days. What's the point of having him on the bench? Might as well just trade him now. Or did the White Sox tell the Dodgers to hold him on the bench? If so, doesn't that mean you're telling the fans that the Dodgers are out of the playoff race?

Lately, management had said that they wouldn't trade Ramirez if they are in the chase for the Wild Card. I guess losing two games in a row to the Rockies and Ramirez getting ejected during today's game might be the moment where they decide to dump him. I don't get it though. I'm not even mad that Ramirez argued with the umpire. I'm sure he was frustrated with the whole situation.

Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times is reporting that Manny Ramirez will be traded tomorrow to the Chicago White Sox. {linked here}

Manny Ramirez will be sent to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver deal Monday, according to a baseball source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Dodgers aren't expected to get any players in return, but are likely to unburden themselves of the $4 million or so that Ramirez is due to earn over the remainder of his two-year, $45-million contract.

I'm confused. Management has said they wouldn't trade Ramirez if they are still in the race. I guess they believe they are out of the race.

Now I don't think we need Ramirez to get back into this race. I just didn't understand why the organization made those comments and now they are trading him.

Pix: April 2009. I'm here with Man-Ram. I've met him a couple of times. Good guy believe it or not. Good luck in Chicago!