Man-Ram: "Crowd-Pleasing" (aka Mo' Money) or 'Who's Laughing Now?"

Michael Keller@@MichaelK_NFLAnalyst IIIJuly 9, 2009

SAN DIEGO - JULY 3:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles against the San Diego Padres during the game on July 3, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The audacity of MLB (and Man-Ram) to throw his 50-day suspension in our face as a token of MLB's efforts to "clean up" the game made me laugh my ass off. He and the front office of Major League Baseball have no concept of what it takes to truly clean up their sport.

A 50-day suspension that includes a 10-day "re-hab" session in the Minors, just like any player that is truly injured and playing his way back into shape, is a ludicrous example of how minor MLB looks at the juicing issue.

Forget that the Players Association has railroaded this little-known clause into the Bargaining Agreement, this sucks!

I grew up collecting all the cards of the great players (and teams) of the late 50s and the 60s and came to believe in the stats printed on the back of each card. Now, given enough "juice" and other growth hormone-based shite certain players can consume, all the stats are thrown out the window. And this in a stats-based sport, if there ever was one. 

From my perspective, Man-Ram (and all the phony dread-locked crazy-ass fans who blindly follow him) are just as much to blame for the destruction of baseball as Bonds, Sosa, McGuire or any other juice-head or MLB official who accepts this chronic behavior to define a sport that once had some sense of morality and decency and was truly "America's Game."

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