December 11, 2008
All video games and no suitable contract offers make Manny Ramirez an irritated boy.
Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown already reported on the weak Manny Market, and now Ken Davidoff in Newsday says Manny is telling friends he might play the Retirement Card if a proper deal isn't presented soon.
Roll your eyes... now.
Too much attention, Manny believes, has been paid to CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira and Jake Peavy (might agree there), and not enough interest funnels toward ManRam's services. He doesn't understand the league-wide fatal unattraction.
The Dodgers reportedly offered Manny a $45 million, two-year deal and pulled it off the table when Manny's agent, Scott Boras, didn't call back.
And that's been the extent of the Manny activity.
Well, he has his own activities, the Newsday piece continues: "Manny spends most of his time working out, watching cartoons and playing video games. He'd much rather be speaking to his agent Scott Boras about high-stakes negotiations."
C'mon. He'd be lifting weights, playing Mike Tyson Punch-Out (or whatever Sega game is hip these days) and checking up on Bugs Bunny or Stewie Griffin regardless of what's happening in the off-season.
Pouting is one thing, but do they really want to make Manny mad? Traveling secretaries have tried.