Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez booted a blooper into the left field corner yesterday, and then ambled after it while three Philadelphia runners were definitely not ambling around the basepath. (Video here.)
Ramirez’s manager, Fredi Gonzalez yanked him, and chewed him out in the dugout. Unbelievably, Ramirez is fuming. He refuses to admit he was dogging it, and refuses to apologize. He takes the “N wrongs make a right” approach, claiming that since other players don’t apologize for not running out grounders, why should he apologize? Great to see your “star” players (Ramirez led the league in batting last year) lead by example.
What I wouldn’t pay to have seen Leo Durocher come back to life, and greet Ramirez when he came back to the dugout–if he even waited for Ramirez to get to the dugout. Leo would have unscrewed Ramirez’s head. I leave it to your imagination as to what Leo would have done next. Probably something like this (forward to about the 1:08 mark). (WARNING! Extreme language. And I mean extreme.)
Billy Martin, too. That would be good.