Many laughs have come at the expense of Manny Ramirez. And I don't mean the typical 'Manny being Manny' nonsense that he was once famous for on the field. Manny's off the field decisions have come to overshadow whatever skill he once exhibited on the field.
Take for instance what Keith Olbermann once said about that positive drug test that got Manny suspended and resulted in him retiring from the game only to return in the A's organization: "Drug for which Manny Ramirez tested positive, prompting his retirement, is either formaldehyde, botox, or the preservative in cookie dough." There were plenty of jokes like this because Manny, like big leaguer Marlon Byrd this week, tested positive for an estrogen-based drug that is designed to mask the side effects of steroids.
Plenty of other off the field stories about Manny have surfaced over the years including a domestic violence charge after he reportedly slapped his wife. With all of this, it's hard to take Manny seriously. That said, there's a whole new image to add to Manny Ramirez, whether he deserves it or not. Enter this fan (you owe it to yourself to listen to the whole clip):
Now, take a breath, wipe the tears from your eyes and stop laughing hysterically. Once you do, let's break this down. Who knew dreadlocks were a slippery slope, the gateway to drugs? I mean, really? Did you? Not only the gateway to drugs, but to abortion and gay marriage.
How many of you who have now listened to this will never think of Manny Ramirez without thinking about how dangerous his dreads are? That they surely are responsible for his positive tests for steroids, potentially hazardous to basemen, and must be connected to abortion and gay marriage? I know I will never look at the man the same.
This woman has clearly not made it out of the 1950s. In all seriousness, it's impossible to ignore the racist tone of her complaint. But that she called the front office of the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A's, to voice this complaint is absolutely insane. Imagine you're the first person in the office and happen to listen to the voicemail message. Was that person still on the floor laughing when everyone else showed up to the office?
The chances of Manny Ramirez making his way back into the big leagues are slim, but there has to be an over/under on whether or not the person calling his first game back attributes the fall of the Western world to Manny's dreads.
That Manny, he's no fuddy-duddy.