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Steve Lopez gives up on Manny, and his World Series tickets

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Times columnist Steve Lopez is fed up with Manny Ramirez. He's so disgusted with the Dodgers slugger that he's decided to give up his own World Series tickets. The Dodgers, of course, first must defeat two playoff opponents to reach what would be their first World Series since 1988, but if it happens, Lopez won't be joining them there:

Lopez So here I am with World Series tickets in my hand and a wave of hysteria sweeping the city. I'm sorry for being the cockroach in the punch bowl, but I can't bring myself to join the party. The only thing that could get me to the ballpark in the post-season would be if Manager Joe Torre were to staple Manny's dreadlocks to the dugout wall and play Juan Pierre in his place. I'd rather lose with a scrappy singles hitter like Pierre than win with a loafing slugger like Ramirez.

Maybe I'll be in a more forgiving mood next year and return to the ballpark -- I just don't know. But I'm giving my World Series tickets this year to the person who writes my favorite 50-word sermon to Ramirez.

Read the full column here. For Steve to consider your sermon of no more than 50 words, post it as a comment below by noon Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009.

 
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Manny,

You are everything I would tell my unborn son not to be. You are, in a word, selfish. You have been given more than most people would ever dream of and you treat this gift as if it’s nothing. I pity you for how blind you are to this.

Thanks Manny!!
...for not being willing to spend a few seconds for a picture with me and my kids - after I threw out the first pitch on August 9th - I had written a letter to DogersWin crediting you with being a part of my recovery during a long hospital stay in 2008.

I am trying to remove the "hex."
Cynthia B.

Take him out of the ball game take him out of the team send him to the giants or diamondbacks I dont care if he wants to come back so leave, leave, leave manny leave, when you play this game its a shame.

I love baseball. I also love men. I don’t love men who cheat. I also don’t love men who cheat at baseball. I love men who are passionate about their work. I don’t love men whose work is playing baseball without the passion for the game. Manny, anyone you know?

Thank you Manny Ramirez. For reminding me that people deserve second chances. I bet each of us if, we were honest with ourselves would realize that somewhere, we were granted a second chance. Manny Ramirez. Nathaniel Ayers. Thanks you for sharing a great life lesson with me.

I love baseball. I also love men. I don’t love men who cheat. I also don’t love men who cheat at baseball. I love men who are passionate about their work. I don’t love men whose work is playing baseball without the passion for the game. Manny, anyone you know?

I love baseball. I also love men. I don’t love men who cheat. I also don’t love men who cheat at baseball. I love men who are passionate about their work. I don’t love men whose work is playing baseball without the passion for the game. Manny, anyone you know?

Slam Manny

He is arrogant, spoiled, not very articulate, a cheater, a fraud, thinks he could get by with his hair, full of himself, and not a team player. Does not acknowledge his fans, thinks we will forgive him for taking steroids and not confessing or apologizing for doing it.

So sorry....I just spelled Dodgers as Dogers....I must be more upset than I thought!
Cynthia

Manny! Wake up! I don’t have the words, so try T.J. Simers’: “If Manny isn't almost invisible with a bat in his hands . . .” And, “If Manny doesn't hit a ground ball to the shortstop . . . take a called third strike . . . James Loney [does not induce Holliday’s error.]”

Manny,

You are blessed with the ability to play Baseball that millions of us only dream of playing. You are with a team that is fair, an a town that adores you.
100% effort in return is all we ask, like us dreamers would give if we had the chance.

Manny, give the money back. Without passing Go or collecting $200, please take your "earnings" from this horrible season and give it back to the fans. Give it to the league in Washington Heights that you came out of. If I could take away the cheers I'd want those too.

you know what i like the Dodger i maen im a big fan but when i comes to the person who don't care and just in it for the money is Manny Ramirez.I don't give a flying fart about him and his maniger their so fun of it.leave.

Manny,

You shall love your God (giver of your talent) above yourself and drugs;
You shall honor your fans with truth and work ethic - they pay you millions;
You shall only steal bases;
Do NOT bear false witness by pretending to be a "big leaguer" - just do it!

God

Manny! Wake up! I don’t have the words, so try T.J. Simers’: “If Manny isn't almost invisible with a bat in his hands . . .” And, “If Manny doesn't hit a ground ball to the shortstop . . . take a called third strike . . . James Loney [does not induce Holliday’s error.]”
Irma

Hi Manny, Webster’s defines a sermon as ‘a speech on conduct or duty.’ I bet you have heard a few sermons on conduct and duty! So, what could I add? The kindest thing I can say is; I think even you will live to regret the joke you are becoming.

Hi Manny, Webster’s defines a sermon as ‘a speech on conduct or duty.’ I bet you have heard a few sermons on conduct and duty! So, what could I add? The kindest thing I can say is; I think even you will live to regret the joke you are becoming.

Hot Shot, Fertility using, Fan favorite. Wait! Fan favorite? Unfortunately there is a thick blue cloud that hovers over Dodger fans, and allows an arrogant player to receive credit as a fan favorite. “I” didn’t know, “I” can’t control things. This “I” mentality is poison to TRUE BLUE DODGER FANS!!!

Hi Manny, Webster’s defines a sermon as ‘a speech on conduct or duty.’ I bet you have heard a few sermons on conduct and duty! So, what could I add? The kindest thing I can say is; I think even you will live to regret the joke you are becoming.

Hot Shot, Fertility using, Fan favorite. Wait! Fan favorite? Unfortunately there is a thick blue cloud that hovers over Dodger fans, and allows an arrogant player to receive credit as a fan favorite. “I” didn’t know, “I” can’t control things. This “I” mentality is poison to TRUE BLUE DODGER FANS!!!

"Behold.......Mr. Ramirez, your oddly loyal Los Angeles baseball fans. They stand before you, more accurately, behind you, waiting for you to throw out your Mel Gibson "Don't you know? I own LA!" mantra and garner a smidgen of that endearing charm relegated only to a distracted 6-year-old little league fielder."

Manny Ramirez came to LA
To hit home runs, win games they say
Strike out, not work, is all that he's done
This year he is a selfish overpaid bum.


I have been a Dodger fan since August 3, 1955 when I saw my first baseball game at Ebbets Field.

You came to us and gave us hope. We even gave you Mannywood. You got your millions and now play like you just don't care, letting down your team and fans everywhere. Your team has proved they can win with or without you. Mannywood is gone forever, long live DODGERTOWN.

Truly, we say unto you, Manny, the gates of Blue Heaven can open to you.
How?
Always hustle through them, at full speed, dreadlocks splaying, no matter how feeble the grounder, how futile the fly ball.
Give, and ye shall receive.
Do this, in remembrance of us.
The fans.
Posted by Craig S.

A team for hustlers, and a team for juicers; a team for believers, and a team for brats;
A team that honors Pierre, and a team that plays Manny; a team in blue, and a team in pinstripes.
Manny and the Yankees are a match made in baseball heaven.

 
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