Boston Red Sox

The Manny Ramirez mood of the day is surprisingly reserved

Sometimes when Manny Ramirez is simply being “Manny” there are no shenanigans or tomfoolery or high jinks involved on his part. Sometimes Manny is literally just being Manny and zaniness occurs around him. Like when the Red Sox went to Seattle to play the Mariners and Man-Ram got a post game lecturing from a cop.

Seems that Boston slugger Manny Ramirez was leaving the ballpark, with headphones on trying to look inconspicuous and quickly get away from the crowds still leaving the stadium. He started to cross South Royal Brougham Way, against the signals of a traffic cop who was directing pedestrians. The police officer demanded that Ramirez open his wallet and show identification. He warned him that he could face a $500 fine and possible arrest for disobeying a police officer.

It became clear to those watching that the policeman had no idea who Ramirez was. He didn’t ask for an autograph or anything, but did ask Ramirez if he’d attended the game. After the brief lecture, and no argument from Ramirez, the police officer let him go with no further trouble.

Wow, Ramirez really is learning to take the high road and curb his behaviors. We thought for sure the incident would get a “Do you know who I am?” outta Manny or at the very least he would have run away and tried to hide inside the nearest wall.


[Mariners Blog]: Lester dominates; Ramirez lectured by traffic cop

Boston Red Sox

Red Sox and black eyes

The Red Sox and the Rays played a ho-hum game for about an inning and a half before the good times really began to roll as Coco Crisp charged the mound with ferocity causing the benches to clear in an all-out WWE-style brawl. And, of course, at the end of the clip is footage of Manny being Manny.


[]: Video of the Red Sox Rays brawl and Youkilis Manny Ramirez argument in the dugout

Seattle Mariners

Odds and Ends: John McLaren is (bleeped) off, ready to bust (bleep)

John McLaren exploded in the Mariners post game press conference and by now you’ve probably already heard or seen the clip on your favorite local television station, but the profanity is so much more impressive in print.

“We’re playing our (bleep) off every day and got nothing to show for it. I’m tired of (bleeping) losing, I’m tired of getting my (bleep) beat, and so have those guys. We gotta change this (bleeping bleep) around and get after it. And only we can do it. The fans are (bleeped) off, and I’m (bleeped) off, and the players are (bleeped) off. And that’s the way it is. There’s no (bleeping) easy way out of this, can’t feel sorry for ourself, we gotta (bleeping) buckle it up and get after it. I’m tired of (bleep) losing this, (bleeping) every night we bust our (bleep). It’s gotta be a total team (bleeping) effort to turn this thing around, and that’s it.”

In other news…

[SawxBlog]: Future chart topper: the MoMannyMoneyMix

[Sports Crackle Pop]: Get your Vanessa Curry masks while they last

[Women Like Sports]: A lady’s view on the NHL and NBA Finals

[Your Face is a Sports Blog]: RBI Baseball – possibly the greatest video game of all time – is coming back, back, back!

[]: The Bas gives his two cents about the Kimbo Slice/James Thompson controversy

[]: The Donald gets into the fight game

[]: Pappa Joe is driving Tony Romo bat-crap crazy

[]: Big Brown has big prizes waiting for him in the winner’s circle

[Eric Wilbur’s Sports Blog]: More Lakers/Celtics videos than you can stomach

And finally, what could be better than a nice relaxing day at the waterpark?

Boston Red Sox

It’s not a secret anymore. Manny Ramirez loves reading self-help book "The Secret"

You always hear about “Manny being Manny,” but who is Manny Ramirez really? Well, here’s a little tidbit about the Red Sox outfielder that you might not know: Manny is totally into Manny being the best Manny that Manny can be.

It’s all about inner peace with Ramirez nowadays. He’s into yoga and meditation and all-around relaxation of the mind, body and soul. Oddly enough, he’s even turning to self-help books like Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret because, as stated in the book’s synopsis, “By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.”

Yep, Manny is still being Manny.

Everything is possible in life. Hey, whatever you want to be in life, you could be.”

Manny seemed like a new man Thursday, sitting at his locker with a peaceful look and a soft voice in a 10-minute interview with The Associated Press, then taking the inspirational book, “The Secret,” from his shelf and using a pink highlighter to mark passages.

“Hey, you’re the architect of your life,” he said. “Let me tell you something. We’ve got so much bad stuff inside, it’s up to us to make the best of it.” …

Now he’s engrossed in “The Secret.”

“It’s about life. It’s good. You should read it. Go and buy it,” he advised a reporter. “Sometimes you go and read a book and that person who wrote it, all his experience that he got in 50 years, you get in one day if you read a book.”

Nearby, Ramirez’s buddy, David Ortiz, said Ramirez hasn’t changed much as a person – just a laid-back, friendly man who sometimes simply prefers not talking with reporters. But Big Papi has seen a change in Ramirez’s interests.

“He’s taking some meditation class now. He thinks that might help him to get his spirit going around so he can go to different places,” Ortiz said with a look that indicated he’s not convinced. “Some crazy stuff, you know how it is.

“Manny fools people. Manny does a lot of things that people don’t think he would normally do, but he’s got his own program.


[]: Sox slugger Ramirez discusses life

General Sports

Pros vs. Joes finally got interesting

Some sports fans have way too much free time on their hands, but we’re not complaining. After all, if it wasn’t for those losers then we wouldn’t be able to bring you hilarious clips like this. Today’s video of the day comes from Yardbarker who put together this awesome dream match-up between some of sports greatest athletes and your favorite animated real American heroes. That’s right; it’s “Pros Vs. G.I. Joes.”

Wonder no more what would happen if Gung-Ho tried to score a TD against Troy Polamalu or if Tracker can beat Ron Artest in a game of 21 because now we know. And knowing is half the battle.

Personally, we can’t get enough of that wacky Manny Ramirez! For some reason, Man-Ram going to bat in a Santa suit doesn’t seem all that farfetched.


[]: Pros vs. GI Joes

New York Mets

What the hell is going on with athletes and hair?

Not to be outdone by some piddly team from Baltimore and their mustaches, the NY Mets have decided to all shave their heads in a show of solidarity. There’s no significance behind their decision to shave their heads other than “because they can.” Only Jose Reyes and Aaron Sele declined to get the shorn. Jose because he probably loves his hair and Aaron because he has some family photos he has to take on Thursday.

Second is this photo of Dwight Gooden with what appears to be some sort of back of the head soul patch/target. It’s one of the most ridiculous haircuts we’ve seen in basketball since that flaming hairstyle by Memphis’ Jeremy Hunt this year.

And finally, here’s a random video of Manny Ramirez stroking Julian Tavarez’s hair. Don’t ask. Don’t tell.

Boston Red Sox

Manny Ramirez is off his rocker, tell us something we don’t know

Manny Ramirez is no ordinary outfielder. In fact, the only way that most people can appropriately describe the guy without saying he is a nut-job is by using the old reliable description of “that’s just Manny being Manny.” Well, David Ortiz didn’t find that depiction to be accurate, so in an interview with The New Yorker big Papi stepped up to the plate and delivered a home run of a quote in regards to his vision of his teammate.

As a crazy motherfucker.” Then he pointed at my notebook and said, “You can write it down just like that: `David Ortiz says Manny is a crazy motherfucker.’ That guy, he’s in his own world, on his own planet. Totally different human being than everyone else.

Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard something like this; Jim Rome has been saying for years that Ramirez lives on “Planet Man-Ram.” But according to Ray Negron, Ramirez is actually a pretty stable guy.

They should be fair about this. I got to know Joe DiMaggio, and I was very close to Billy Martin, who knew everything about Joe DiMaggio. You know the difference? Manny’s probably a better hitter.” He went on, “I came up with the craziness of the Yankees in the seventies–the `Bronx Zoo,’ and Sparky Lyle and all of them sitting on cakes without clothes on. Manny was mild compared to what I had been used to.”

The reporter then reminded Negron that Ramirez too used to walk into the video room naked to study tapes of pitchers.

“Do you understand why I would see that as normal?” Negron said. “He wasn’t sitting on a birthday cake.

It’s pretty bad when the only way someone can find to describe you as “normal” is because you don’t sit on birthday cakes in the nude.


[The New Yorker]: Waiting for Manny

NHL General

Odds and Ends: Time to ask whether fighting belongs in hockey?

Is Colin Campbell insane? He told the Canadian press that “it’s time to ask the question” about whether fighting should be banned in the NHL. The only reason why hockey even registers as a major league sport is because of the fighting. Now for those who love hockey and not just hockey fights, fighting is still an integral part of the game. The enforcers, defending your superstars, having the back of your teammates, hell, even goalie fights are a big part of hockey tradition.

Sure it’s fun to see Sidney Crosby or Ovechkin do their thing but it’s also fun to see two goons square off. The problem with hockey is the cheap shots and the swinging of lumber. The old fashioned dropping of the gloves should never go away. That’s one on one man stuff that we love… in a purely heterosexual way of course.

In other news…

[MSNBC]: Kobe angrily denies contacting Durant for Nike… takes it out on the Grizz.

[Myspace]: Pro Wrestler (Edge) admits steroids use on myspace blog

[AJC]: Police deny Vick had any jewelry in water bottle. What they don’t know is that “jewelry” is the new street slang for weed

[Slam Sports]: Former Sixer Todd MacCulloch is the 208th best pinball player in the world. Falls 207 places behind deaf dumb and blind kid.

[The Big Lead]: Don’t worry USC, Tim Floyd isn’t going to Michigan

[Boton Herald]: ebay tells Manny to take his grill and shove it… but Jenn-Air wants Manny to do a commercial

And finally, don’t forget to watch everyone’s favorite awkward quarterback, Peyton Manning on Saturday Night Live.

Boston Red Sox

What, you couldn’t afford an infomercial?

Yours for the low, low
price of just $4,000.

Manny Ramirez is a strange character to say the least, so nothing should be too surprising at this point. Still, we never expected to see Man Ram’s mug on eBay next to an “AMAZING” grill, but we did and here’s what Ramirez has to say about his item up for bid.

Hi, I’m Manny Ramirez,” the listing said. “I bought this AMAZING grill for about $4,000 and I used it once. … But I never have the time to use it because I am always on the road. I would love to sell it and you will get an autographed ball signed by me. Enjoy it, Manny Ramirez.

Apparently word has gotten out about Manny’s sales pitch because the offer has gone from an opening bid of $3,000 to the $99,999,999 that it currently sits at after 210 bids. That’s a pretty sweet profit, even for a guy who has over $100 million in the bank. Obviously this has become a joke but nobody got a bigger laugh than Bidder 13 who offered $5,111.11 for the grill as a reminder of the $51.11 million the Sox offered to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka.

I’m a businessman,” Ramirez said with a laugh. “I need the money.


[eBay]: Manny Ramirez: JENN-AIR Grill
[]: For sale: Grill, used, by Manny Ramirez

Boston Red Sox

Odds and Ends (07.07.06): Manny Ramirez called owners "White Devils"

From the new book by Seth Mnookin called Feeding the Monster, comes this little nugget:

stat analyst Bill James did a study in the 2003 season in which Rami rez was cited for half of the 60 instances in which Sox players did not hustle, and this spring, after the Sox did not trade him yet again after he’d asked to be dealt, Rami rez directed a rant at the owners in which he referred to them as “[expletive] white devils.

Man, that’s just Manny being Manny racist. (Story via Drunken Bleachers Blog)

In other news…

[Cincinnati Enquirer]: Shackelford out of jail, in minors

[NY Daily News]: Isiah’s already eyeing playoffs

[]: Minor-leaguer killed just after release

[USA Today]: Damn, even punters are cheating

[Seattle Times]: Bland ESPN has lost its way