Manny Ramirez opinions

Biggest news story today was clearly Manny Ramirez’ 50-game suspension for using banned substances. I first heard about it afternoon on an elevator video screen in Century City. As expected, opinions varied, based on articles I read this evening:

“I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.”Manny Ramirez

“Who hasn’t done something we wish we hadn’t done?” asked Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. “Had he dismissed it or acted like it was somebody else’s fault, I’d have a hard time with it. He took ownership of what transpired. That speaks to the man. Admit your mistake in a public forum, that’s not easy to do.”Ned Colleti, Dodgers GM

“You see that there’s no favorites being played. That shows you that baseball is serious about what they’re saying and doing. I’m happy that we’re heading in the right direction.” — San Diego Padres pitching ace Jake Peavy

“Hey Giant-fan! Why are you even on this chat board? Or are you here just to show us how to deal with PED using team members from all the experience you have.” — Fan comment, Dodgers.MLB.com article

“Now take some of that 8 million you just saved and spend it on a bullpen that can hold a 6 run lead.” — Another fan (Dodgers blew a 6-0 lead tonight, losing 11 – 9)

“We’ve had a chance to learn from him and it brought us confidence to be where we are right now. It’d be tough to say we won’t miss him in the lineup, but I feel we’ll find a way to get the job done.”Andre Ethier, Dodger outfielder

“I’m turned off by players that try and test the system. It doesn’t make any sense.”Larry Bowa, Dodgers 3rd base coach

“I must admit, when I first heard the news that Ramírez had tested positive for use of a banned substance, I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I was filled with a lot of I-told-ya’-so anger directed at the people in Los Angeles, most notably the fawning media that had bought into the whole Manny act and that had apparently decided that we Big Meanies in Boston had made it all up.”Bob Ryan, Boston Globe sports columnist

There’s a good chance we already know how this whole thing is going to end, probably a Sunday game against the Giants in late September, 50,000 people on their feet screaming, ‘Manny, Manny.'”T.J. Simers, L.A. Times sports columnist

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