Manny: Snappin' Necks & Cashin' Checks

Bare KnucksAnalyst IJune 18, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles during batting practice prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on May 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

There are some people you can look at, and given their attitude and body language, tell they just don’t give a damn. In the sports world, there are a handful of current athletes who fit this mold. Most of these types of players have negative results; however, a few have managed to master their bad boy attitude while achieving success. Two notable athletes who have experienced success while maintaining the ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude, starting with my personal favorite:

Manny Ramirez:

Manny’s top priority? Snappin’ necks and cashin’ checks. Manny wanted out of Boston, and in order to get his wish, he committed a sin in professional sports when he literally stopped trying. Authority? That’s a foreign term to the future HOF outfielder. Who can forget what he told the Dodgers after denying $25 million for one year…”the price of gas is up and so am I.” Manny made it clear he wasn’t unleaded…instead he was the premium diesel. Eventually the price of gas went down and Manny settled on a 2 year/45 million dollar contract. When arriving in LA, Joe Torre nicely asked Manny to cut his dreads. Ramirez responded by trimming his dreadlocks about an inch. What kind of request is that anyway? Cut the dreads off Manny and you might as well castrate him too. On the field, Manny effortlessly jogs around left field in his baggy uniform with that ‘Manny being Manny’ swag, but that doesn’t hinder his baseball abilities. Same goes for his play at the plate. Manny has one of the best swings in baseball and looks so graceful doing it. His style of play is like an art form. Manny is one of the few players whose success is not encumbered by his egotistical manner. Throughout his career, Manny has made 12 All-Star appearances and has won 2 World Series. Bottom line, Manny Ramirez is the man.

Rasheed Wallace:

‘Sheeds main concerns? Gettin’ paid, gettin’ laid and gettin’ blazed, in no particular order. There aren’t many players who give less of a damn than ‘Sheed in the NBA. Technical foul? It’s nothing. Sheed eats those up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Coincidently, announcers used to refer to him as a ‘Walking Technical Foul.’ [Read more...]