So by now all you of you have heard or read of the terrible case of the Mondays Hanley Ramirez came down with during yesterday's game versus the Diamondbacks.
If not, read Dan's last post over at themarlinsblog.com. And appalled as I am that someone like Ramirez would be perfectly fine with his public display of immaturity, I must say that I am not surprised.
Ramirez has continued to show a lack of hustle and respect for his fellow players (and fans) for the majority of his Marlins career.
It seems that once or twice every season we see instances of Ramirez deciding, mid-game, to just give up when the Marlins are down by what seems an insurmountable total. Be it not diving for that line drive or stealing a base by trotting, Hanley just takes it upon himself to stop caring.
I was looking for some videos or old news articles to help illustrate my point, and with the current news of Mr. Ramirez blowing up all over the Internet, it has not been easy.
In fact, I appeal to you to submit any stuff you can find in the comments area. I did, however, come across a nice article written by FishNFinz on FishStripes that illustrates my point from the past few seasons.
I hope this jogs your memory:
This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Last September, Hanley and Uggla got into it after Ramirez went into an 0-for-14 slump and didn't want to play because of a hamstring injury that was bothering him most of the season. This all happened after the Marlins were fading in playoff contention.
In the locker room Ramirez stated “You don’t get the same respect from teammates when you’re not playing. I got people upset when I got out of the game last night. I try to do the best I can. Whatever.”
Uggla overheard at his locker and said: “I was one of them.” The two exchanged words. And Uggla said: “Yeah, you got your $70 million” and went on to use an expletive while asking him why he had to come out of the game.
Just a month before that Ramirez and Wes Helms got into a physical altercation. If you know Uncle Wes, you know he treats his teammates like a strict dad treats his disobedient kids. More than likely this fight was due to Ramirez not living up to his potential and doing something disappointing.
And before all of that, in June of last year instead of addressing the matter personally, Ramirez called out Josh Johnson and Fredi in the media after he believed he was intentionally hit by a pitch. Hanley believed that the Marlins should have retaliated and stated "You know, incredible. There’s going to come a point where I’m not going to feel protected. I’m going to be scared to hit a home run because I know I’m going to get hit."
We as fans should be disgusted at this sort of behavior from a player whose salary we pay through our fandom.
I simply don't appreciate such a nonchalant, rock star, "my poop doesn't stink" attitude from someone who plays on a TEAM that relies on the successes (and failures) of everyone collectively.
I'm thrilled that the Marlins came back from this drama on Tuesday and won the game (with flying colors I might add) against Arizona without—and possibly in spite of—Hanley.
With an attitude like his, good riddance.