Friday, May 08, 2009

Say it ain't so Manny!

I spent 11 years in Cleveland and loved to watch Manny Ramirez play. He was one of the least intelligent players intellectually, but some people just don't need to be smart to hit. Manny was born with a swing to die for.

Just last week I was in the airport watching ESPN recap some of the big moments of baseball. One of them was Manny's 500th home run. I thought to myself...
"Isn't it great that there is at least one guy that we can look at that just simply has a swing that produces amazing results. There is one guy who can play by the rules and still succeed."
That thought last week now feels like years ago as Manny descends into ordinary Joe status- just a guy who cheated to get ahead. But maybe it was a one-time occurrence. Maybe it never happened when he was with Boston. Maybe his excuse that a doctor prescribed it for him was true. Maybe...maybe not. How will we know? Once trust is broken, it always leaves behind a nagging little trail of doubt that clouds memories of old.

Say it ain't so Manny! Then again, does it matter?

**for a great Boston fan's reaction read THIS.