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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

T.J. Simers: Told-you-so game about Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez begins’s Ken Rosenthal, offering some predictions the other day and writing what most folks in baseball pretty much expect, guesses, “Manny Ramirez will be a pain in the rear,” and hurt the Dodgers this season.

It’s the reason why Ramirez remained available this off-season—everyone expecting the worst out of the guy and scared off. Those who passed on him have to be hoping he falls flat and disappoints so they can tell their fans they had it figured right all along.

That’s what makes the Dodgers a must-see team this season—at the very least all eyes on Ramirez waiting for him to mess up.

As Rosenthal put it, the “relationship between Ramirez and Los Angeles is sickeningly sweet,” a relationship that annoys those who supposedly know the real Ramirez.

Rosenthal also referred to Page 2 as Ramirez’s “personal Oprah.” As you know, that’s not true, given the one obvious difference between Page 2 and Oprah—she’s rich.

Hard to find fault, though, with the guy we’ve gotten in L.A. so far—Ramirez doing and saying all the right things, the Dodgers relevant again and other players seemingly improved because he’s here in the lineup and the clubhouse.


Tripon Posted: April 07, 2009 at 06:29 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Phil Coorey. Posted: April 07, 2009 at 11:58 AM (#3127762)
I tend to agree with him. Robo has been giving me the shits lately anyway. The more tv time they give to some, the bigger the wanker they become.
   2. Jonathan Gaston Sees You When You're Sleeping Posted: April 07, 2009 at 01:36 PM (#3127808)
What Robo - and the entire state of Massachusetts - fail to understand is that it isn't that L.A. thinks Manny is perfect; it's that they don't care. This city has embraced heavily-flawed celebrities for a very long time.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: April 07, 2009 at 01:53 PM (#3127820)
haha ha, that hilarious, hah ahah "the entire state of massachusetts" hah haha ha ha...
   4. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 07, 2009 at 02:00 PM (#3127826)
Anyone read Robo's article about the Yankees-Orioles game? It was bizarre.
   5. Tripon Posted: April 07, 2009 at 03:45 PM (#3127960)
Pretty much. Does everyone forget about Shaq taking games off, and everyone in L.A. shrugging it off?
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 07, 2009 at 03:54 PM (#3127975)
Taking games off is acceptable in the NBA. Some players take entire seasons off without the entire fanbase becoming irate, since they blame the team instead for signing such a loser, and the salary cap system for forcing the team to keep him around. And a lot of players with 8-digit salaries just let themselves get out of shape to the extent that the team doesn't want them to play anyway. I blame the playoff system. It must be kind of de-motivational that with like five months left in the season it's already clear that all but 3 or 4 teams are guaranteed a playoff spot or guaranteed a spot in the lottery.
   7. bfan Posted: April 07, 2009 at 04:00 PM (#3127980)
In the NBA, you might have to play 28 games in the play-offs (4 series of 7 games, each) to win the title, coming off of an 82 game season. The play-offs could be 34% as long as the regular season.

In baseball, you might have to play 21 games to win the championship, in a 162 game season (13% of the length of the regular season, for the play-offs).

Football is at most 25%, and for some teams, 18.75%, with a chance the regular season is going to lengthen, reducing that percentage further.

I think NBA basketball players may need to coast a bit in the regular season, if the goal is to win in the finals. That having been said, there is no reason for the Clippers ever to coast; their season ends at game 82.
   8. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 07, 2009 at 04:03 PM (#3127983)
Good point. The playoffs are so long that teams who know they are in the playoffs should coast in order to save energy for the playoffs.
   9. Zach Posted: April 07, 2009 at 05:07 PM (#3128062)
AS IMPORTANT as Ramirez is to the Dodgers' cause, Matt Kemp might mean just as much. Name another team in baseball that has the power potential and emerging talent that Kemp offers batting seventh.

Not that I'm disagreeing, but Alex Gordon is batting seventh for the Royals.
   10. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 07, 2009 at 05:11 PM (#3128069)
Geovany Soto was hitting seventh yesterday.
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 07, 2009 at 05:25 PM (#3128096)
Troy Tulowitzki hit seventh for the Rockies yesterday.
   12. Halofan Posted: April 07, 2009 at 10:10 PM (#3128790)
I like Robo, I hate the Dodgers, but this is sanctimonious navel-gazing East Coast bias in the extreme. Wake the F Up, Ken.
   13. Obama Bomaye Posted: April 07, 2009 at 10:15 PM (#3128802)
haha ha, that hilarious, hah ahah "the entire state of massachusetts" hah haha ha ha...

Seriously...everyone knows it's a commonwealth, not a state.

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