Posted on: April 9, 2011 2:31 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 12:14 pm

Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest

This is not the review of a new movie, nor is it the title of a biography about the Three Stooges.  Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest is all embodied in the person of one Manuel Aristides Ramirez, aka ‘Manny’.  Manny Ramirez recently announced his retirement from baseball while hitting .059 for the Tampa Bay Rays and leaving $1,925,000 of his 2 million dollar contract behind.  It wasn’t pride that prompted Ramirez to retire; if that was the case he would have walked away in 2009 after signing a 2 year 45 million dollar contract with Frank McCourt and the Dodgers.  Five weeks into that season in which he was the highest paid player in the National League he started serving a 50 game suspension for testing positive for a masking agent used to conceal steroid use.  While this was his first time penalized, his name was one of those leaked from the 2002 testing used in the Mitchell Report.  While suspended, the Dodgers saved $7,362,498.  Ramirez’s pride tolerance allowed him to finish that 2 year contract, although he finished it in a White Sox uniform.

Manny Ramirez didn’t retire because pride told him he didn’t have it anymore and rather than be a burden to the team the right thing to do would be step aside.  Ramirez retired because he got caught cheating again.  Ramirez’s retirement coincided with the announcement that he would be facing a 100 game suspension. Today I listened to a host on a sport radio station say he would still vote for Ramirez to go into the Hall of Fame, because “his numbers before he used steroids were dominant”.  Does anyone know when Manny Ramirez began cheating?  Sports talk radio host doesn’t, I don’t, but I do know when he was caught cheating.  Apparently common sense is not a requirement to talk sports professionally.
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