…One of the dumbest and most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen written.
Manny’s a Hall-of-Famer, but I’d be more impressed if he was a .280 singles hitter who ran out every grounder and found better uses for his millions than a fleet of pimped-up cars.
The whole column by Kevin Cullen was pretty awful, but that line sealed the deal. Manny is a baseball player – he impresses because of his Hall of Fame skills and is paid his millions because he IS a Hall of Fame player, NOT a .280 singles hitter. The big about him running out every grounder is of course the oldest, lamest most cliche criticism in the book. Has Cullen watched David Ortiz or even Jason Varitek go down to first?
The criticism about how he spends his money is even more ludicrous. Who cares how Manny spends his money? Not to mention that if Manny were the .280 hustling singles hitter that Cullen wishes he were, he wouldn’t have his millions to spend on “pimped-up” cars or anything else.
The whole column was written in judgment of Manny by someone who’d I’d venture to guess only knows Ramirez through the coverage of Dan Shaughnessy.