It’s clear that Manny Ramirez lives by a different standard than the rest of us. I mean, when do you ever get to do whatever you want and people just chalk it up as “you just being you”. Never? Exactly. Manny, on the other hand, gets to live by this creed.
Manny doesn’t run a ball out? Oh, that’s just Manny being Manny.
Manny is loafing in the outfield? Oh, that’s just Manny being Manny.
Manny tested positive for PEDs? Oh that’s just Manny being Manny.
Manny wanted to the league to let him continue to use PEDs? Oh, that’s just….wait what?
Around the time Major League Baseball suspended Manny Ramirez for violating its drug program last season, his representatives told officials in the commissioner’s office that they planned to file for permission to use a banned drug that would boost his testosterone levels.
Oh, that’s just Manny being Manny.
Ramirez’s representatives, including his agent, Scott Boras, decided not to file for the exemption then, but the idea of seeking one was resurrected in September, two months after Ramirez returned to the field, though he ultimately never received one.
The second time the idea came up, the Dodgers were in a close race in the National League West and Ramirez was struggling at the plate. In that instance, high-ranking Dodgers personnel, including General Manager Ned Colletti, discussed how they could help Ramirez and whether he had enough of a medical problem to obtain an exemption for a testosterone-boosting drug.
The accounts of the discussions about Ramirez’s obtaining an exemption were based on interviews with three people in baseball who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing medical and drug-testing matters.
If this is true, it just goes to show that the culture in Major League Baseball really hasn’t changed all that much. But who really thought it had?
Ramirez Explored Drug-Policy Exemption (NY Times)
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