Posts Tagged ‘Manny Ramirez’

Pedro to Start Game Two for Phils

October 27, 2009

Pedro Martinez is 8-4 career pitching at Old Yankee Stadium, with a 2.95 ERA.  Martinez will get the ball in game two of the World Series for the Phillies.  Pedro has pitched some memorable postseason games at the big ballpark in the Bronx.  In game three of the 2003 ALCS, after Pedro plunked Karim Garcia (who did, in fact, wear a Yankee uniform at one point in time) and Roger Clemens came close to beaning Manny Ramirez, a brawl ensued, which resulted in Martinez throwing then Yankee Bench Coach Don Zimmer to the ground.  In game seven of that series, Martinez was famously left in to start the 8th inning with Boston up by three runs.  Despite a visit to the mound by his manager, Grady Little, Martinez surrendered the lead and the Yankees wound up defeating the Red Sox to advance to the World Series (Aaron Boone, anyone?).

Of course, the highlight of Martinez’s career pitching against the Yankees came in 2004.  After a disastrous outing in the Bronx, Martinez said:

“They beat me. They’re that good right now. They’re that hot. I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy.”

The fans and the NY Media loved this and have chanted “Who’s your daddy” at Pedro every time he’s pitched against the Yankees since.  Expect nothing different when Pedro takes the hill on Thursday.

Down Goes Ortiz

July 30, 2009

Unfortunately, I have to take a break from my addiction to trade deadline rumors and address a NY Times report that indicated that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez each tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during baseball’s “survey-testing” of 2003.  That means they’re on the same list as A-Rod, the same list that was supposed to be destroyed after the testing was completed.

The fact that these names keep getting leaked is a big problem for baseball and the player’s union.  This list will continue to be leaked until all of the remaining 90 or so players’ names have been released.  That could take a while.  The union continues to disappoint (to put it lightly) its players, who agreed to the testing only because it was supposed to be anonymous.

There was a lot of discussion, when the Mitchell Report came out, about whether or not the Yankee dynasty was tainted because of Roger Clemens and other Yankees names were on the list.  What about the Red Sox now?  Personally, I think that the idea of tainted championships is stupid, but how will their fans feel?  Waiting from 1918 to 2004 for a championship, only to have it “in question.”  Hmm.

Again, I will reiterate the fact that I believe 85-90% of MLB players used some sort of performance-enhancing drug during the peak of the steroid era (whenever that was).  Manny shouldn’t surprise anyone, having already failed one test, and Ortiz is more of a disappointment as he seemed to be a genuninely nice guy.  Let’s face it, though, Ortiz was straight up released by Minnesota in 2002 after hitting .272/20 HR/75 RBI.  Then… all of a sudden… in 2006 he hits 54 home runs?  Then… all of a sudden… in 2009 he’s hitting .224 with 13 home runs.  That’s too much of a roller coaster to be done naturally.

Manny Gets 50 Game Suspension

May 7, 2009

This just in.

According to the LA Times, Manny Ramirez will be suspended 50 games for Performance-Enhancing Drug use.  Wow.  Ramirez is expected to start his suspension tonight and won’t return until JULY.

According to the LA Times: “Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with matter but not authorized to speak publicly.”

What a huge blow to the game of baseball.  Since February, both Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, two of the top five (three?) hitters in the game have either admitted or tested positive for PEDs.  What does this say about baseball?  Just remember, my guess was that 85-90% of players (at PED use’s height) did something.  This has serious implications for both the legacy of Ramirez and the legacy of the game from 1995 – now.  With A-Rod, Clemens, Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro,  Sheffield, and now Manny being accused of PED use those are some of the best players in this generation.  They can’t all be locked out of Cooperstown, can they?