I was listening to Mike and Mike this morning and heard the story about Ramirez's lack of hustle in a recent game and his subsequent insults directed toward his manager Freddy Gonzalez. After his stunt, Ramirez was pulled from the game by Gonzalez. Later, when speaking to reporters, Ramirez said his manager never played a game in the Major Leagues, so he doesn't know what he (Ramirez) is going through.
I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT WHEN PLAYERS PLAY THAT CARD!
Ramirez is only the latest player to utter those words. Several players have gone down that road, including Alex Rodriguez, who was referring to Buck Showalter when he went there. Now Ramirez has joined the club.
Mike Golic summed this ridiculous statement up perfectly when he said (and I paraphrase), "I may not be a chef but I know a good meal when I have one." Gonzalez may not have played in the Majors but he knows lack of hustle when he sees it. That's something you're taught not to do in little league, Hanley.
I wish I could file a protest as a fan whenever a player says something stupid like that. Why not? Major League Baseball doesn't really have to get involved. They could put together a board of, say, bloggers to review each protest. If the protest is upheld, the player has to donate game tickets to fans who would otherwise not be able to afford them.
A fan protest. The more I think about it, the more I like it. How about you? What do you think?