Manny plays three innings in LF, feels fine

Manny Ramirez played three innings in left field in the Dodgers loss to the Brewers Wednesday, his first time in the field since feeling tightness in his left hamstring.

At the plate he was solid for the second straight day, going 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. After the game he said, “I don’t worry about the plate, I worry about my leg.”

Ramirez said he felt fine after testing his leg by playing three games in three days, but added that he might only be 50 percent by Opening Day.

Yes, 50 percent.

Ramirez was asked how he expected to be feeling on Opening Day and said “maybe like 50 percent, but who cares? It’s a long season, that’s the way I look at it.”

While that kind of quote might sound a bit alarming, don’t read too much into it. I interpreted Manny as saying “Look, it’s March 25th. There’s a 162 games in the season. I’ll be fine, even if I’m not 100 percent on Opening Day.”

Others who speak Mannyese better than I do thought the same thing. Remember his infamous “Who cares?” line after the Red Sox fell behind three games to one in the ALCS against the Indians a few years ago? Well, I think he uses the “Who cares?” line to mean “it’s no big deal” or “it doesn’t matter that much.”

And when he says he’s 50 percent, that’s a bit open to interpretation too. Before the game, Joe Torre said Manny had been “chomping at the bit” to get in the game and wanted to play through the hamstring tightness, but sat out as a precaution.

Basically, it doesn’t seem like all that big of a deal. The main focus is on sharpening up, as safely as possible, before Opening Day.

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  • Brooklyn Dodger

    Tony,

    I put about as much stock in the number he used as I do in his “gold glove” remarks. Your interpretation seems reasonable to me.

  • grumpy3b

    50% of Manny in the field is still better than Juan “On a Bounce to the Cutoff” Pierre.

    All kidding aside I have to admit I love Manny’s sense of humor. He really does needle the press it seems. Funny part is they fall for it every time.

    The only reason he used 50% and “who cares” is because the BoSox fans and media took it waaay beyond what he really said. Even in the playoffs it was a “…it’s not over yet, now is it…?” type of context. Give anyone a team full of guys who understand it is not done until the last out and they make the playoffs every year and the WS on a regular basis. It does not matter if you win by a one or ten, all that matters is you win in the end.

  • KevinS

    Ramona… is Tony okay? Did I miss something? He didn’t mention anything about taking time off.

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    KevinS,

    Kudos for being alert. I just saw Tony’s mug at the top of the page, and never bothered looking close enough at the post to notice that it was written by someone else.

  • Old Brooklyn Fan

    Although things are changing everyday almost, I think Manny is on the bright side, that is to say, he’s hitting and playing the feel, so far without incident even though he’s going all out, which is something we weren’t suppose to expect.
    The offense is doing well, it’s only the pitching that’s leaving a lot more to be desired.
    Kind of the opposite way things usually go with this team of ours.

  • Oldthunder

    KevinS, hopefully Tony is not out on forced leave like Rich Hammond on the inside the kings blog. The daily news forced him to take a week without pay to cut costs… If he is truly ill, get well soon Tony, and thanks for all the updates.

  • Ramona Shelburne

    Hey guys,

    Tony is fine. He’s out on furlough this week. All of us had to do it at some point. Nothing personal, just a sign of the times.

    He’ll be back next week.

  • Andrea

    Thanks, Ramona. You’ve been doing a great job filling in!

  • KevinS

    Thanks Ramona! I appreciate the update…

    “furlough” during Spring Training? I’d guess that’s code for “suspension”? You renegade, Tony! Come back soon!

  • Andrea

    It’s more like unpaid “vacation” …