Revenge Is Nigh: Skip Hall's Winter of Discontent

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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.


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9 Comments

I own that exact jumpsuit.

What I wouldn't give to see Rob do the Lindy Hop. I've already seen both middle fingers raised so that's nothing new.

I actually prefer the Carolina Shag.

Skip Hall is the Hawthorne Heights of baseball writers.

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.

WOW, WoW.

As a Red Sox fan, I gotta say I was actually a little embarassed by Manny when he did that. At the time that HR felt like too little too late for the red sox, and therefore it was just Manny being in love with Manny at the wrong time. I don't know.

Jiegel I agree with you, although I'm a Tribe fan. I mean, I thought he looked like a jackass, but hasn't he always? I'd say it's unhealthy for this guy to let such an inconsequential moment burn in his stomach, especially when Manny just looked like he was oblivious to the score.

Really, Skip? A taser? I wonder what Scott Olsen would have to say about that.

I guess this article is just Skip Hall being Skip Hall.

The more beanings, the better. If the league weren't such a bunch of pussies, this shit would have been dealt with and ended a long time ago with Manny. And I say this as one of the guy's biggest fans!

Oh yeah I was hardly defending that Cleveleanderthal.

haha "Cleveanderthal," i made that up

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