Thursday, May 29, 2014

Manny Ramirez To The Nation: "I Apologize"

(AP Photo)
Wednesday's reunion of the 2004 "Idiots" World Championship team offered an opportunity for some players to re-connect with fans after a decade. For one particular player—Manuel Aristides Ramirez—it was also a chance to say he was sorry. Sorry for all of the misdeeds that left a bad taste in the collective mouth of The Nation when he departed Boston. Said Manny, "I realize that I behaved bad in Boston. The fans were great. I also played great when I was here, but I realized I behaved bad. I apologize for that. I'm a new man." The cynic in us asks, 'Is he really a new man?' None of us can look into Manny's soul (and, for one, I wouldn't want to anyway). Does it excuse the pushing down of sixty-something Traveling Secretary Jack McCormick, the multiple PED violations, or the simple fact that he quit on his teammates? Hard to say. He seems contrite, "Now that I see David and the rest of the guys, I wish I could have done better. I wish it turned out better than it did." It was a somewhat mixed reaction last night to Manny emerging from the door inside the Monster—but definitely more cheers than boos. The bottom line is: Manny remains (to paraphrase Winston Churchill) "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma". Indeed.