Dear Manny Ramirez,
Please sign a contract.
You probably don't understand the consequences of you not signing a contract for the everyday Joe who tunes into ESPN, checks out SI.com or peruses Yahoo! Sports trying to get his sports fix.
Every time you make news, every sports outlet makes you front page news.
Every edition of SportsCenter features a different Baseball Tonight analyst breaking down what the Dodgers and Scott Boras need to do to make this contract happen.
During that segment, ESPN shows the same file footage of you EVERY single time. The world is tired of seeing that lazy fly ball that you catch. How 'bout that shot of the little grin on your face from when you are sitting in the Dodgers' dugout in Citzen's Bank Park.
Or the quick clip if you belting a ball off the left-center wall in the first game of the National League Championship Series?
If Cole Hamels watches SportsCenter regularly, he's probably seen you record that double off him about seven and a half dozen times. Good one, Manny—you've give one of the league's best pitchers more motivation in 2009.
Frankly, if this goes on any longer, I may start seeing that same series of Manny Ramirez video in my dreams.
I've got an idea, Manny. Since you are content on holding out for 25-plus million dollars per year, why don't you spend a couple bucks on a video editor who can put together a reel of stock footage of your best moments ever. Then send that sequence of video to ESPN and we get to see all new footage of you.
Entertain us, do something that we don't regret watching the latest Manny Ramirez news.
(P.S. As I was about to publish this, there was another update on the offer you rejected over the weekend.)