The phrase "Manny being Manny" has been old to baseball fans outside what fools refer to as "the nation" in Boston and the numerous Los Angeles baseball "fans," who couldn't tell you a player's on-base percentage if it were written on a beach ball, for quite some time.
Manny Ramirez was entertaining and his antics made no sense, but he was always able to hit. He was a villainous type of athlete that you simply couldn't hate because, although his play and actions were mind-boggling, he was too darn good.
Plus, he wasn't really doing anything horribly wrong. Sure, he'd break a few baseball rules, leave huge paychecks in his locker and refuse to cut his dreadlocks, but most of what he did was funny and not morally or ethically wrong.
There are far worse human beings than Manny Ramirez. He was that little kid with the devilish smile you couldn't stay mad at because it was just harmless mischief.
Well, the hitting stopped, the audience got bored, Manny was caught on two occasions using performance-enhancing drugs and now he's allegedly doing a different kind of hitting.
He was basically interesting, and then, when the hitting stopped, he was just annoying.
If you're an idiot and great at your job, you can be tolerated. If you're terrible at your job, getting paid a lot to do it and you're an idiot, then you become incredibly irritating.
Are you still behind Manny?
According to numerous media outlets, Ramirez was arrested Monday night for allegedly committing domestic violence.
According to the Associated Press, Ramirez and his wife, Juliana, were arguing in their bedroom when he slapped her in the face, causing her to hit her head on their bed's headboard. He was arrested and charged by police with battery.
AP reported Ramirez denied hitting his wife, according to the report, and told a deputy she hit her head after he shrugged her. Ramirez's wife had injuries consistent with her story but did not want medical treatment.
He changed from a World Series MVP and guaranteed first ballot Hall of Famer everyone laughed with to a PED user and alleged wife-beater everyone is laughing at.
Only, this isn't funny anymore.
At 39 years old, Manny Ramirez may actually have to grow up.