Whether you love him or hate him, Manny Ramirez is always interesting to follow. The escapades of “Manny Being Manny” are, alternately, a compelling reason to watch the game and a distraction from the game. Sometimes in the same at-bat!
Manny’s time with the Dodgers from 2008 to 2010 was anything but tranquil. At times Manny was brilliant. At times he looked like an aging slugger. The 50 game suspension for PED use, of course, marred his time with the Dodgers and puts taint on what, statistically, is a Hall of Fame career.
Still, personally, I can’t get enough out of following the guy. Tainted or not, he’s always guaranteed to be entertaining or to do something that leaves you scratching your head. One of the best sluggers with one of the sweetest swings the game has seen, though people will question how much of it was real and how much of it was “the juice.”
Several Dodger fans have been cycling this video of Manny hitting his first home run in Taiwan this morning. I thought I’d share it here, too. Manny Ramirez was an important part of two teams that made NLCS runs, the only two teams to win a playoff round since the 1988 World Series-winning season. Because of his talent, his role in taking the team to the playoffs and having two of the greatest months in the history of the game at the end of 2008, and the controversy that followed him with his antics and his PED use, he is a complex part of Dodger history.
I have to admit. Even with everything that he put us through, especially in the 2010 season, I do enjoy seeing him get a hold of one.