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July 1, 2008

Not cool, Manny … not cool

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Andy Vasquez @ 11:18 am

I’m a big Manny Ramirez guy. He’s fun to watch and he doesn’t take himself too seriously on the field, which makes him even more fun to watch and certainly contributes a large amount to his success.

But what Manny did over the weekend, makes him pretty hard to like right now.

Apparently, Manny doesn’t take things so lightly off the field. According to the Providence Journal, on Saturday Ramirez pushed the Red Sox’s traveling secretary Jack McCormick to the ground when McCormick couldn’t grant Ramirez a ticket request.

Ramirez had asked McCormick for 16 tickets for Saturday night’s Red Sox-Astros game, an unusually high number for day-of-game. In addition to handling all travel details for clubs, traveling secretaries also take player ticket requests for both home and away games.

When McCormick cautioned Ramirez that he might not be able to fulfill his request, Ramirez responded by shouting: “Just do your job!”

An argument ensued and Ramirez pushed McCormick, sending him to the ground.

Later, the two met behind closed doors and Ramirez apologized to McCormick, who accepted the gesture. No further disciplinary action is expected against Ramirez.

That’s simply unnacceptable.

When did it become OK to settle arguments by shoving a puny travel secretary — I have no knowledge of Mr. McCormick’s physical stature, but if he’s the travel secretary he’s certainly puny in comparison to Manny — to the ground?

First of all, this is damaging to his image. This incident hows that Manny isn’t as amicable as we all have thought. These traveling secretaries and clubhouse attendants have one purpose in life, to make the life of the players easier.  Manny — judging by his “just do your job” response — clearly doesn’t get that. His actions have disintegrated any notion that Ramirez is a man of the people, a man who gets it and just wants to have fun. If he can’t even appreciate people who take care of his every want and need, it’s hard to believe he has any true appreciation for the fans and the situation he is in.

In some ways, this is worse than what Sean Chacon did to Astros’ GM Ed Wade.  Yes, choking your boss from behind and throwing him to the ground is no bueno, and completely unacceptable and indefensible. But my gut feeling, looking at Wade, is that he probably had it coming at least a little. The guy looks like a tool, sorry.

But to throw a travel secretary to the ground, because you don’t get what you want? I find myself having a hard time liking Manny right now. And there has to be some sort of disciplinary action. You say sorry after you yell at someone, or say something you shouldn’t. When you take it to a physical level “sorry” just isn’t good enough anymore.

And Manny already has a history of doing this, having thrown punches at teammate Kevin Youkilis in the dugout earlier this season.

The Red Sox need to send a message that this type of behavior is unacceptable. Even if that means not coddling Manny for once.

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1 Comment »

  1. I definitely think this deserves a “George Constanza” tag, in honor of the “Assistant to the Traveling Secretary” position he once held.

    Comment by hoyler — July 1, 2008 @ 12:59 pm


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