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June 30, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
For years now, people have accused Manny Ramirez of being lazy and generally uninterested in baseball (which is of concern, considering he plays baseball professionally). It would appear that Man-Ram has finally taken umbrage at these remarks, and has chosen to respond with violence.
First, there was his fight with Kevin Youkilis in the Red Sox dugout earlier this season, and now he's taking a page out of Shawn Chacon's Big Book on How to Handle Confrontations and throwing traveling secretary Jack McCormick to the ground.
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.
The two later met and Manny apologized, and according to McCormick, "...it's over with..."
So, to review: a pitcher with a career record of 45-61 and a 4.99 ERA throws down his GM - gets cut the next day. A future Hall of Fame inductee with over 500 career home runs pushes a team executive to the ground - gets the start in left field.