Why Do I Root for Manny Ramirez

by John Furgele

He’s been called a lot of things, cancer, a term I hate when describing people, and he’e been caught using PEDs twice, but for some reason, I am hoping that Manny Ramirez does well with the Oakland A’s in 2012.  Why, I don’t know, but he is an awfully good hitter and based on his career stats, he should be a Hall of Famer. 

He sounded contrite this week as the A’s players reported to camp, but who knows how he’ll act once the real games begin.  He has to serve a 50 game suspension and wouldn’t be eligible to play until May 30, but we know one thing and that is that Manny is charismatic enough to generate interest amongst the media.

Say what you want about Ramirez, but he has been a winning player.  He played on those Indians teams that made the playoffs year after, played on two world championship teams in Boston and led the Dodgers to the NLCS.  Will he do that in Oakland?  Probably not, but for some reason, I hope he can rejuvenate and reinvent himself in the other city by the bay.


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