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July 25, 2008
by Robbie Gillies
Manny Ramirez wants to know whether the Red Sox will pick up his options for 2009 and 2010 at $20 million per season. He told the Boston Herald, "I want no more sh** where they tell you one thing and behind your back they do another thing...I think I've earned that respect, for a team to sit down with me and tell me this is what we want, this is what we want to do."
Ramirez is having a good year so far, but he probably isn't worth $20 million a year. His numbers have steadily declined over the past four years and he's now 36 years-old. Aside from his declining numbers, he also has a history of, well, being Manny.
We've all seen him talking on a cell phone in the Green Monster, making countless bone-headed plays in the outfield, high-fiving a fan after making a grab in center field, and shoving the Sox traveling secretary. But, The Wind Up shares a story of Manny being Manny that I had never heard before:
I once asked a prominent relief pitcher to describe the most idiotic thing he had witnessed in the big leagues. "That's easy," he said, and launched into the story of a former teammate—an All-Star outfielder—who refused to use toilet paper. A clubhouse attendant supplied the player with a daily ration of hand towels, which, when soiled, would be flushed.
One afternoon the reliever came in from batting practice to find the locker room awash in frantic maintenance workers. When he asked a plumber what all the fuss was about, he was told that a washcloth-clogged toilet had overflowed and was threatening to submerge the bathroom stalls. "Of all the dumb stuff I've seen that particular outfielder do," the stopper told me, "that was the dumbest."
That outfielder was none other than Manny Ramirez.