Mannywood: Coming This Summer to a Ballpark Near You

Strike ThreeCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Portrait of Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers around the batting cage before the game between the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

From the very beginning, Manny Ramirez and Hollywood were a match made in heaven.

L.A. needed a star, and Manny needed a stage.   Manny performed, and L.A. was in love.

He re-energized Chavez Ravine.  The fans watched his every move with delightful anticipation.  And so did the young Dodgers.  Kemp, Martin, Loney, and Ethier all discussed his dedication, his approach at the plate, and his infectious fun loving attitude.  Manny led the Dodger to their first taste of post-season success in over 20 year. They were the feel good story of the season.

After some extended negotiations, Manny came back for a sequel.  First place in the NL West.  13-0 at home.  Best team in baseball.  The Dodgers were the surprise hit of the spring.  Of course Manny, AKA Mannywood, was the leading man.  But it was the strength of his supporting cast that had fans hoping that the Dodgers could enjoy a long and successful run.

And then Manny tested positive for a banned substance.  In the blink of an eye the story of Manny and the Dodgers turned into a horror show.  Or, if you prefer, a full blown Greek tragedy.

But before you close the book on the season, remember that Hollywood is no ordinary city and Manny Ramirez is no ordinary ballplayer.   He has time to turn this whole story upside down. 

Manny can come back as good as ever.  Or better. 

Manny can help the Dodgers win the division.  And then win the World Series.

Manny can write his own script, and it could be a great one.  Because Hollywood has always loved stories of redemption, and as such Mannywood has all the makings of a truly historic Blockbuster.