Player Reaction

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BRAD AUSMUS:

“You just keep playing. It’s not different than if Manny got hurt for 50 days
We’re disappointed, but I think at some point you realize that even though it was self-inflicted, Manny is going through a lot of pain and you feel for him as a person, because you know he’s a good person.

“Manny’s one of the three biggest names in the game, if not the biggest, that’s the main reason there’s so much attention being focused on it. If it was a Triple-A player no one would care.”

ANDRE ETHIER

“In tough times, we’ve always said to each other, don’t point fingers, come together and get each other’s backs.”

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Why Manny likes LA: It’s just like Cleveland?

Scott Boras did a Q&A with Playboy magazine for it’s June issue. In the interview, he has some interesting quotes about Manny Ramirez.

PLAYBOY: Manny Ramirez made himself such a distraction for the Red Sox last year that they traded him to L.A., where he led the Dodgers to the playoffs. Why did he want out of Boston?

BORAS: Manny enjoyed his Red Sox teammates and loved the organization, but he did not enjoy living in Boston. It wore him out. He wasn’t comfortable. It wasn’t like Cleveland.

PLAYBOY: He wanted out because Boston isn’t like Cleveland?
BORAS: [Nodding] For Manny, environment is important. He had liked living in the Cleveland suburbs. I said, “Manny, I want you to play in L.A. They’ve got some really good young hitters, but they need a slugger, and Pasadena’s a lot like those Cleveland suburbs.” He had been to L.A. only three times in his life, but once we got him there he said, “This is the spot for me.”

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Mientkiewicz update

Had a chance to say hello to injured utility man Doug Mientkiewicz this evening and he sounded upbeat, despite his unfortunate, freak injury.

His arm was in a sling, but he’s been staying in shape and says the rehab works he’s been doing is grueling.

“If I do what I did today the whole time, by the time I get back I’ll be looking like Manny,” he joked.

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