Manny’s nearly silent departure

Manny Ramirez was cleaning out his Dodgers locker in the clubhouse Thursday morning. But he wasn’t really talking, not about his free-agent status, anyway. I caught up with him in the hallway, and asked him if he had a second. He said: “No, I’m done talking. see you next year.”
Here in Los Angeles?
“I don’t know,” he said.
Manny was approached by a group of reporters at the elevator as he was about to leave. Questions were fired at him, but he either said nothing or said he wasn’t talking again.
“I said all I’ve got to say yesterday,” he said.
Manny was wearing jeans, a black T-shirt, a grey bandana on his dreadlocks and sunglasses. He was carrying CDs.
When the elevator finally arrived, he got in said “I’ll send you guys a Christmas card.”

NLCS Game 5: Phillies 5, Dodgers 1

This was a stinker from the Dodgers’ standpoint: another bad (and short) outing by Billingsley, three errors by Furcal in a single inning, a wild pitch that Russell Martin made no attempt to get in front of and a throw from James Loney that went to the backstop. But given that it all came in a series the Dodgers were never going to win anyway after they lost Game 4, none of that should mar the fact that this was a spectacular season, the best around here since 1988. More importantly, it was a season this team can build on. They have a lot of veteran free agents, many of whom won’t be back. But they also have a nice core of young talent that will be here for years to come. … I will keep up this blog as much as possible this winter, but don’t hold me to posting something every day (and DEFINITELY not tomorrow). I would like to say thank you to you, the readers, for all your comments and all your emails and all your hits this season, and I appreciate your patience with the occasional glitches here and there. See you soon.