The most exciting man in the sport turns 37 years old today.
And even while he is serving a suspension for steroid use, Manny Ramirez stands alone as baseball’s biggest personality and one of it’s best players. I cannot recall a time in this decade that Manny’s name has not been a headline. He is an extremely talented player with a persona to match.
And while my intent was to give him a vacation for his birthday, I did not want it to be in the manner in which his current break from the game is a result of. We all know that Manny can hit the ball as well as any of today’s superstars. We also know that his dedication to the sport and his teammates has been in question for years. But, we cannot argue that as a single player in a team game, he makes his team perform to a higher level when he is around, and his teammates excel when he is on the roster.
For Manny’s 37th birthday, I give him a new slate for the second half of this 2009 season. Watch out, because the Dodgers are coming and Manny will be the one driving the train!!!
Happy Birthday Man-Ram!!!