A Letter to Manny Ramirez

Michael BrownCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a homerun for a 4-3 lead against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on April 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Writer's note: This article is being written under the assumption that Manny Ramirez did indeed take steroids. This assumption is made based upon a Boston Globe article stating that the fertility drug Manny took is commonly taken by steroid users.

Dear Mr. Ramirez,

You have broken my heart.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I would like to get some other things off my chest.

Year after year, I put up with "Manny Being Manny." The antics, the trade demands, and the petting of Julian Tavarez's hair. When other people in Boston were calling for your head, I told them to let "Manny be Manny," because of all the good you brought to Red Sox Nation.

I recently wrote an article defending A-Rod's usage, but this, well, this is different. This is personal. This concerns the Sox.

It would be one thing if you came to Boston and it didn't work out, but it did. You succeeded. You won two rings in a town that was cursed.

How well does your memory serve you, Manny?

Do you remember October 27, 2004?

Do you have any idea how significant that date is to every member of the Red Sox Nation?

You once said, and I'm paraphrasing, that anyone who lives and dies with the Sox needs to get a life.

This is a very big part of our lives Mr. Ramirez. I know I am not alone when I say that October 27, 2004 was the happiest night of my life, hands down, no comparison.

You have tainted this memory.

Now I must question the validity of the happiest moment of my life, as well as every other memory I have of you in Boston.

It would be completely and utterlyย ridiculousย for you to even begin to deny using steroids. Since your drug is commonly used by juicers, then you will be tied to steroids.

Ignorance is a totally unacceptable excuse for the positive test. There is no way that you, or Boras, your satanic agent, could let this happen.

You were desperate for the $25 million you signed for. And now, you won't get $7.7 million of that.

You're not that stupid. Don't pretend to be.

Have you ever had a relationship where your ex-girlfriend turns around and finds the man of their dreams?

You get so jealous of her happiness, and you want a reason to hate her. Then, you find out she cheated on you. Now you hate her, and you can move on.

You are the cheating girlfriend, Mr. Ramirez. And now, everyone in Red Sox Nation can loathe you.


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