It's Always Funny in Philadelphia

A young boy holds up a sign referring to Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Ramirez during Game 5 of the National League Championship baseball series against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, in Philadelphia.
(Reuters)

Philly Fans Shower Manny With Some Brotherly Love
The LA Media, Too

We Told You So Los Angeles...
Dodger Finally Meet the Lollygagging, Lazy Fielding, Mail It In Manny
Playoff Baseball's No Big Deal When You Can Shower, Shop, and Eat Sushi...
And Guess Who's Coming Back in Blue for $20 Million Next Year?
T.J. Simers: Squandering Everything, Just to End Up the Same as '08
Plaschke: Dodger Didn't Have What It Takes

"His awful second half of the season ended in an array of wild swings and jeers Wednesday, beginning in the fifth inning with the Dodgers still trailing just 6-3. With runners on first and second and facing new pitcher Chad Durbin, Ramirez bounced a ball in front of home plate, and he did not seem to run particularly hard, as he was easily thrown out to end the inning. And here came the Philly chants . . . 'You take steroids,' they screamed. 'Take a shower,' they howled.

Ramirez hit .263 in this series with one extra-base hit and countless blown opportunities, and talk about faith. The Dodgers must spend the winter praying that Ramirez relearns to hit with an untainted body. Ramirez could opt out of his $20-million contract, but he won't, because nobody will give him anything close to that sort of money, so both parties are stuck with each other." -- 10.22.09, Bill Plaschke, LA Times

"The latest Ramirez fiasco, while much ado about nothing except for those insisting he be a cheerleader, demonstrates what a polarizing figure Ramirez has become now that he can't be depended on to hit like his resume suggests. It's so easy to condemn him for taking a shower after leaving Game 4, most sports fans unable to imagine anyone not watching such an exciting game -- let alone one of the competitors. But it's just like the wife, who couldn't understand why Jeffrey Dahmer ate people, having to be reminded she could never think like Dahmer." -- 10.22.09, T.J. Simers, LA Times

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