Manny’s Legacy vs. Hall Of Fame; It Ain’t Rosey!

April 12th, 2011 by DJChris | Filed under General.

Who Cares?

So Manuel “Manny” Aristides Ramírez Onelcida has retired from Major League Baseball. He went out without celebration, without a goodbye, without a parade, and most importantly, without a fan base (Tampa Bay cannot be considered a fan base by any stretch of the imagination). That is sad. In Manny’s illustrious career, he has accumulated 555 HRs, 2574 Hits, 1831 RBI, and maintained a 312 BA. Simply. This guy was good.

As I watched this Shakespearean tragedy play out last week, I heard rhetoric and hyperbole from many of the baseball puritans, sportswriters, anal-lyst, and talking heads who have banished Manny from the Hall of Fame. How his legacy is ruined. How it’s one of the worst endings of a baseball career in history. And more. Even worst was the writers who stated that they would never vote Manny Ramirez into the Hall of Fame.

Well, let’s discuss The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for a minute. Because I’m going to guess that Manny Ramirez has never been there, even for a visit and I would place a very heavy bet on the odds of him ever attending in the future. Any takers? I’m also going to take a wild guess that only 1 out of 25 of you who read this post has ever been to the The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. So, why would Manny, Barry, Pete or whoever else has been verbally banished from this Holy Shrine really care if they’re in it or not? I live in upstate New York, about 65 miles from Cooperstown, NY. I have been to the Hall numerous times. Even ate a Hot Dog on the Holy front steps with an orange soda, as only a Philadelphian would do (It wasn’t a Frank’s, Thanks). And I will tell you; I wasn’t that damned impressed. The Hall gets about 350,000 visitors a year. A very small sample of MLB’s fan base. You would think that because of all the emphasis on who gets in and who is kept out, they could at least draw a million fans there per year. But they can’t and they won’t! You know why? Because, everybody who has meant anything to this recent era of baseball is being kept out; Starting with Pete Rose to Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmiero, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire, and Manny Ramirez. A-Rod might get in there, but he will be very old or dead before “they” let him in. So our children and our children’s children might travel hundreds of miles to Cooperstown to look at plaques and paraphernalia belonging to Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven. Big whup.

Take a look at these names:
Aaron, Ashburn, Averill, Bell, Brock, Brown, Burkett, Carey, Charleston, Clarke, Clemente, Cobb, Combs, Crawford, Cuyler, Dawson, Delahanty, DiMaggio, Doby, Duffy, Flick, Goslin, Gwynn, Hafey, Hamilton, Heilmann, Henderson, Hill, Hooper, Irvin, Jackson Kaline, Keeler, Kelley, Kelly, Kiner, Klein, Mantle, Manush, Mays, McCarthy, Medwick, Musial, O’Rourke, Ott, Puckett, J. Rice, S. Rice, Robinson, Roush, Ruth, Simmons, Slaughter, Snider, Speaker, Stargell, Stearnes, Thompson,Torriente, L. Waner, P. Waner, Wheat, B. Williams, T. Williams, Wilson, Winfield, Yastrzemski, Youngs.

You guessed it. These are Outfielders currently in the Hall of Fame. You call this exclusive company? If this were a party, would you want to be there? Outside of Aaron, Ashburn (of course), Brock, Clemente, Cobb (oh yeah baby), DiMaggio, Gwynn, Kaline, Mantle, Musial, Puckett, Pops Stargell, Winfield, and Yaz; you might walk in, grab a beer and a pig-in-a-blanket and head over to the closest bar and catch some Roidball. I really don’t think Manny cares about being in this company either. I would argue that he’s better than more than half of them. With or without HGH. I think it is sad that Pete Rose has begged these elitist to be in that building. I bet you that Petey could have his own shrine in Philadelphia or Cincinnati and get more than 350,000 visitors a year.

Bottom line is this. I like Manny. Manny likes Manny. And much of America loves Manny. Why he was taking a women’s fertility drug is beyond me. Steroid dealer Victor Conte said that it’s used to restart natural testosterone production after a steroid cycle. I don’t know. I don’t care. What I hear from everyone who’s ever played with this guy is that he was a beast. His work ethic was uncanny and his study and preparation off the field was exemplary. You can’t ask for more than that. As for him quitting on Francona and the Sox, I cannot accept that if it was true, but I was not there and I do not know the whole story. That would be like me defending your ex-wife calling you a scumbag and I just met her in the Acme on Saturday. Not fair.

Manny’s legacy is intact. He might not be in Cooperstown, but baseball fans and enthusiast will be saying, “that’s Manny being Manny” for years to come.

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