So, the steroid problem continues. Manny Ramirez has been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.
The difference here is that, given his history, I don’t think Manny Ramirez really cares. We have all heard the phrase “Manny being Manny”. We have watched him lazily go after a ball in the outfield. We have seen him walk to first base, only to have the ball hit the top of the wall and him end up with a long single. The contract negotiations this spring was just to get out of spring training workouts. Frankly, I am tired of his act.
To be fair, I must note that Manny Ramirez claims that the substance he tested positive for was for a personal medical condition. He has also supposedly apologized to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Please excuse me if I don’t shed a tear.
I am not sure what the policy is across the United States. But in Ohio, people convicted of drunk driving have a yellow license plate with red letters.
Instead of suspending Manny Ramirez, make him play without pay. Also, make him wear a yellow uniform.
Do this from now on, and go all out. Head to toe. Yellow hat/helmet, jersey, pants, socks and shoes. From now on, any player who tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs must wear the yellow uniform!
Who suffers from Ramirez being gone for 50 games? The Dodgers and their fans. Make him play in the yellow uniform. If he doesn’t give the expected effort, add a day to the suspension.
You can’t take away his money. You can’t take away his ability to hit a baseball. But you can take away some of his pride. Point at him. Laugh at him. Embarrass him. Humiliate him.