October 13, 2008 |
LOS ANGELES - Something had to be done. That was basically the message Manny Ramirez carried to people after last night's 7-2 scrum-infested Dodgers victory here. That, and this: It's done. "What happened in Philly, we think that wasn't right," the Dodgers' leftfielder said. "You know we're here and we want to send a message that we want to play the game right. " Manny seemed to want to do more than just send a message after both benches emptied last night. Led by coach Bob Schaefer, several Dodgers had to pull him away from several Phillies.
October 21, 2009 |
This is that precious swatch of the endless season when baseball players lean forward and absorb the nuance of every pitch. Even if they aren't in the game, whether in the dugout or the bullpen or even in the clubhouse, there is nothing more important than what happens next. Unless you're Manny Ramirez, of course. What was Ramirez, who had been removed from Monday's game in the bottom of the ninth for a defensive replacement, thinking when Jimmy Rollins doubled into the gap to score the tying and winning runs and beat his Dodgers?
July 1, 2008 |
Just Manny being a maniac It's one thing for a player to shove a team official to the ground if that team official is former Phillies general manager Ed Wade. In these parts, former Houston pitcher Shawn Chacon was celebrated for roughing up the unpopular Wade last week. But now we have Manny Ramirez doing something similar to Jack McCormick, who happens to be the Red Sox' traveling secretary, for crying out loud. Of course, up in Boston, they'll all shrug and just pass off the incident as Manny being Manny.
September 8, 2009 |
Schoeneweis back with Diamondbacks Scott Schoeneweis returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday after spending four weeks on the disabled list because of depression following his wife's death. Gabrielle Schoeneweis was found dead in the master bedroom of the couple's suburban home on May 20. The 35-year-old Schoeneweis, a graduate of Lenape High in Burlington County, spent three weeks on the bereavement list at that time before returning June 9. The lefthanded reliever then gave up 15 earned runs in nine innings and was placed on the disabled list Aug. 11. "He was able to get away from baseball for a couple of weeks and stabilize his life at home," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said.
October 16, 2009 |
Manny Ramirez was so quiet. You knew that couldn't last. At the time of his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy, Ramirez was batting .348 with six home runs. He finished the season at .290 with 19 homers. Almost unMannylike at times, to coin a phrase. But the postseason is his season, and what started in the division series against St. Louis came thundering home with his two-run home run in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Phillies last night at Dodger Stadium.
May 8, 2009 |
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre said yesterday that Manny Ramirez feels he disappointed his team. The star outfielder was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball yesterday for using a banned drug. "He feels very badly. Right now he's trying to gather his thoughts," Torre said at Dodger Stadium, before the Dodgers played the Washington Nationals. Torre said he called Ramirez and that Ramirez called him back. "The worst thing I think a person can be is a disappointment to somebody else, and Manny feels like a disappointment," Torre said.