Two nights ago, Hanley Ramirez displayed a lack of hustle, jogging after a ball after accidently kicking it in to the outfield.
Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez asked him in the dugout if he was okay, and Ramirez told him yes, so Fredi benched Hanley for not hustling after that ball.
It was totally appropriate for Fredi Gonzalez to bench his star player and it became an even better decision later on when Hanley Ramirez reacted the way he did.
Hanley Ramirez criticized his manager, totally undermining his authority as manager.
It was the most ridiculous and childish reaction anyone could see coming from a star player.
His teammates criticized him, and the media has been chewing him out.
When I first heard of the situation, it caused me to worry because I felt like he was going to get away with it, even though Fredi Gonzalez benched him last night.
I was wondering what would happen if he just kept refusing to apologize for what he did. He's making $70 million, you can't just keep him on the bench.
I worried that there wasn't going to be anything that would really cause Hanley Ramirez to see himself.
The Marlins are a young franchise, a young team, so there isn't really anyone who could really sit him down and get him to see himself and just hold him accountable.
Fortunately, though, Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, men of great character, pulled Hanley Ramirez aside and put him in his place.
It's just awesome to hear because you worry about the integrity of the game and the characters that have come before Hanley Ramirez, and it's just pathetic to see how these star athletes think they can do whatever they want.
You have players in every sport that just feel like they don't have to answer to anyone and that they can do whatever they want.
What makes it more pathetic is that these tantrum throwing players feel they deserve the world. They have no heart. Any little thing that happens to them, if they break a nail, they have to go on the disabled list for a month.
These players act so tough, but many of them, like Hanley Ramirez, are so childish and so delicate.
Maybe it's the money, maybe it's the generation and times we are living in that's causing these young kids to feel like the world owes them something.
Whatever it is, it needs to stop and I'm hopeful that as long as their are people like Andre Dawson and Tony Perez around it will help keep some order and keep these young players in check.
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