May 07, 2009
So what did Manny Ramirez(notes) know about his suspension and when did he know it? Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Ramirez was notified of the suspension in April and only dropped his appeal within the last 24 hours, so it's possible that Ramirez (and many others) knew long before the big news dropped this morning.
For what it's worth, the MLB Network zeroed in on Ramirez earlier today after he hit a two-run double in Wednesday night's win over Washington and said it sure looked like he had something far greater weighing on his mind. Five of the six Ramirez shots issued by AP would seem to suggest the same (the photo on the lower right is from the aforementioned double and he appear at least a little joyous), though I suppose it's possible we're identifying feelings based on what we now know.