Monday, June 30, 2008

Baseball Double Standard: Manny Ramirez & Shawn Chacon

A few days ago, I blogged about Shawn Chacon being released by the Houston Astros after he had thrown Astros General Manager Ed Wade to the ground twice. Now comes word that Boston Red Sox superstar Manny Ramirez, while in Houston coincidentally, threw Red Sox travelling secretary Jack McCormick to the ground after McCormick wouldn't allot Manny a sufficient number of free tickets to him for the weekend series against the Astros.

But Manny will not face the same punishment as Chacon. Nope. Manny got to say sorry and that he wouldn't do it again. Of course, this is what he said when he slapped teammate Kevin Youkilis in the dugout earlier this season at Fenway Park.

Could the fact that Manny isn't out of a job have anything to do with the fact that he's a superstar who earlier this season hit his 500th career homerun? And I suppose pushing a travelling secretary to the ground isn't the same thing as pushing a general manager to the ground? Wonder what would have happened if Manny had assaulted Theo Epstein?

Take it from someone who is a Red Sox fan and has watched Manny's exploits in person for the past 8 seasons with great joy. By not releasing Manny (who is in the final year of his contract) the Red Sox have sent a terrible message to the public. It's OK to commit assault and battery against someone if you are a perennial All Star but not OK to lift a finger if you are a marginal player. Manny being Manny is one thing but even Manny Ramirez isn't above the law. Commissioner Selig should step in and suspend him for the rest of the season.

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