Monday, June 30, 2008

Assault Is Now Part Of Manny Being Manny

Nothing in baseball irritates me more than the ridiculous double-standard that surrounds Manny Ramirez’s anti-social, selfish, narcissistic, petulant, and attention-seeking behavior. At this point, ESPN has practically trademarked the phrase “Manny being Manny” as the catch-all excuse for anything he does that would be considered irregular or unacceptable behavior for anyone else.

I want an answer to this question: how is this so different than this? How come ESPN didn’t waste any time reporting the Shawn Chacon story but waited nearly two days before telling us that Manny Ramirez did the same thing? Where are the editorials calling for Manny to be dismissed from the team? Where are the hordes of writers unleashing their inner Republican on Manny Ramirez’s most recent act of total insubordination and unprofessionalism?

Manny is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the best hitters in baseball history. Shawn Chacon is a totally forgettable pitcher who will now be remembered more for physically assaulting his GM than for anything he did on the field. That’s the only difference between these two individuals; that, and the double-standard which now has Chacon sitting at home as an ex-ballplayer and Ramirez hitting cleanup for Boston in tonight’s game against Tampa Bay.

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