I think it is safe to say that Manny Ramirez is truly one of a kind. Lovable to most and frustrating to some, it is undeniable that Manny Ramirez is an incredibly talented ball player. Sure he has his moments of stupidity, but people love Manny for the same reason people loved Yogi Berra. They both have enigmatic persona’s. And while often confused for a simpleton( HELL, the guy snuck into the “Green Monster” to go to the bathroom! He barely made it back out before the next pitch!), he is a great asset to the Boston Red Sox.
Manny Ramirez is what makes the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox. He is the single source of entertainment on their team. Every team needs a clown. The Florida Marlins have Reynel Pinto- The Marlins Picasso, the Boston Red Sox have Manny Ramirez- The Guy That Uses The Toilet On The Field In The Middle Of An Inning.
As easy as some may think it would be, it is beyond difficult to hate Manny Ramirez or to hold any ridiculousness against him. Hence, “Manny being Manny” was created. Manny is that lovable half retarded kid in your class that everyone felt bad for. Who else is going to hit a ground ball and then not budge from the batter’s box? Or who is going to request an incredibly obscene song to be played for his plate appearances? Who else is going to lose a $15,000 diamond ring while sliding into third? It’s just Manny being Manny. This little slogan allows Manny to get away with a lot of misbehavior, but can you really hold it against him?
So, what do you guys think? Is too much being made of “Manny being Manny”? Or should players be held accountable for all their actions no matter how well they swing their lumber?