Toying with the Dodgers: Just Manny being Manny

Travis BriscoleContributor IMarch 4, 2009

Manny was being Manny. There's not much else to say about his signing with the Dodgers.

Manny Ramirez signed with a two-year, $45 million contract with the Dodgers earlier today, ending the long saga of "when will Manny sign?"

It was fairly clear about whom Manny was going to sign with, seeing that no other team had made any offers. Instead, it was more about when he would sign.

But if you expected Ramirez to sign right away, you don't know Manny. Here's a guy who has disappeared into the Green Monster at Fenway Park, rolling to the ball in the outfield, cutting off a relay allowing an inside-the-park homer, high-fiving a fan after catching a fly ball and throwing back to first base for a double play, and many more incidents.

Manny may be the most entertaining player in the game today, if not in the history of baseball.

And this signing simply adds to the list of "Manny being Manny."

The Los Angeles Dodgers had been offering ManRam nearly the same contract all offseason long. But Manny and his agent, Scott Boras, had declined and asked for more. The Dodgers never budged and Ramirez eventually signed the contract he had been offered for about four months.

Normally, any player would sign right away. But Manny Ramirez is no ordinary player.

He deserved this contract, seeing that no team would want him for more than three years and the money he received is reminiscent of his play.

So, Manny Ramirez was just "being Manny," waiting all offseason (now in Spring Training) to sign this contract.

Now equipped with a new two-year, $45 million contract, Manny will help in the attempt to push Los Angeles into the playoffs.

But he didn't sign this contract with the Dodgers so he could be on a playoff team. He wanted to be on a World Series team, which Los Angeles is capable of.