I don't know who Skip Hall is or what he does but that won't stop me from launching an unprovoked attack on him and his reputation just like how he launched an unprovoked attack on Manny Ramirez in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Please to read:
Game 4 of the 2007 American League Championship Series had just ended, the Tribe was up, three games to one, but the image of Manny Ramirez standing at home plate with arms raised in a self-congratulatory pose burned brightest. It's 2008 now, and if professional baseball players truly police themselves on the field, it's time for Ramirez to get the major-league equivalent of a Taser blast. He needs to be knocked down -- at the least. Ramirez's act last October calls for high-and-tight heat. Don't hit him, just put him on the ground. If Jake Westbrook wants to put a two-seamer into Ramirez's ribs, well, there will be no tears shed here.
Jesus, Skip. This has really been sticking in your craw for six whole months? I realize how sad it is when your favorite team loses a playoff series, and I realize how sad it is to know the best outfielder in baseball left your favorite team for Boston eight years ago, but vowing revenge against him is no way to heal the hurt, Skippy. Yes, Manny lifted his arms in celebration. He wasn't showing up his opponent, he was overjoyed at hitting a home run that cut his team's deficit.
Heck, I think he showed a lot of class. If I wanted to show up the Indians or their fans, I would have turned to the dugout and raised both middle fingers while doing the Lindy Hop up the first base line. And let's assume for a second that I'm 100% wrong, that Manny was indeed showing up his opponent. Don't you think he's earned that right? Not only is he the best outfielder in baseball, he's also got one of the most unique personalities. Manny gets RESULTS, both in statistics and television ratings.
By the way, if Jake Westbrook hits Manny Ramirez in the ribs, it won't be because that was his intention. It will be because Jake Westbrook has the control of Michael J. Fox playing Jenga.