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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,

Being a Latino, you undoubtedly were bapitized and raised in the Catholic church. The church does not require much of you except that you embrace the tenents that make a man a man including not relying on fraudulent behavior to present himself as something he is not regardless of the rewards.

Dear Manny,

I understand why you did it. I'm an L.A. sports fan. We'll forgive almost anything(Kobe,Howe,Strawberry) except lack of excellence. The past is prologue, but it's time to earn leaving a Green Monster at your back for "Mannywood". "Where you never have to say you're sorry".

Dear Manny,

I understand why you did it. I'm an L.A. sports fan. We'll forgive almost anything(Kobe,Howe,Strawberry) except lack of excellence. The past is prologue, but it's time to earn leaving a Green Monster at your back for "Mannywood". "Where you never have to say you're sorry".

To the child in all of us, who dreams of heroes and some day becoming one.
then comes Mannyland and its heroe,who becomes let down land.
No more hormones,no more hassle on the field,no more wood on the ball.
And Manny Ramirez beccomes another fake in Hollywood.


..

Recently you stated "I didn't rape or murder nobody". You raped your fans of their money and devotion and you murdered your reputation. Your punishment: banned from baseball and a $50 million fine. As you walk to home plate, look over your right shoulder, I'll be holding the "GUILTY" sign.

Recently you stated "I didn't rape or murder nobody". You raped your fans of their money and devotion and you murdered your reputation. Your punishment: banned from baseball and a $50 million fine. As you walk to home plate, look over your right shoulder, I'll be holding the "GUILTY" sign.

I believe in the soul. The hanging curveball. High fiber. Good scotch. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a Constitutional Amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. Make me believe in you, Manny.

"Your tickets will go to a mother and child living at the Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter in Costa Mesa, where they have escaped an abusive husband and father. I will drive them to L.A., pay for their food and wait for them to take them back. They deserve a break."

Posted by: Steve Smith | October 07, 2009 at 06:44 AM

In reference to the above comment posted earlier today: If this situation comes to fruition, I will work however much overtime it takes me to to get Steve Smith a seat in the ballpark for that game. And Steve, I will pay for your Dodger Dog. Hope to see you on TV. I'll be watching from home.

All our Blue hopes on the faux-hero Manny
Went poof with a prick in your overpriced Fanny
That juice for fertility
Was your secret ability
Now at clean-up I'd prefer my wheelchair-bound Granny.

Gathered we are, a tribute it is not, for a man whose only notable quality, was his hair, which was a giant knot. Handed an opportunity at celestial greatness, he declined and in turn said, "I want more."

Manny, you broke the rules and paid the penalty. You haven't hit as well as you did last year for us but you are still really good. Despite your faults I am still glad you play for my team and I hope to see you in the World Series.

A FEW THOUGHTS TO/FOR MANNY RAMIREZ


IT’S HARD TO THINK OF SOCIAL/PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY WHEN YOU ARE RECEIVING SO MUCH MONEY AND APPLAUSE AND CHEERS. BUT SO QUICKLY THIS ALL TURNS TO CRAPP IF YOU DO NOT TAKE THIS RESPONSIBILITY SERIOUSLY AND ACT UPON IT ACCORDINGLY.
IF YOU DON’T DO THIS NOW MANNY…MANNY WHO?!

Doodgers Playoff 2009 Roster:

Catchers:
Brad Ausmus
A.J. Ellis
Russell Martin
Infielders:
Ronnie Belliard
Casey Blake
Juan Castro
Rafael Furcal
Orlando Hudson
James Loney
Mark Loretta
Doug Mientkiewicz
Jim Thome
Outfielders:
Andre Ethier
Matt Kemp
Juan Pierre
Fat/Lazy/Cheating/Druggie/Why-did-we-ever-sign-this-guy:
Manny Ramirez

We’re Dodger fans.
We pay your salary with the tickets we buy and the Dodger Dogs we down.
We’d rather lose games with players hungry for a win than with players who seem bored taking the field.
Manny, couldn’t you at least fake it?
We know you’re not above that.

It’s not about your money, statistics or steroids.

It’s about your arrogance and conceit.

But it’s easy to make an about - face.

Just recognize what it really is about:

It’s about putting others before yourself.

Grasp this knowledge…

And others will then make it about forgiveness and acceptance.

It’s not about your money, statistics or steroids.

It’s about your arrogance and conceit.

But it’s easy to make an about - face.

Just recognize what it really is about:

It’s about putting others before yourself.

Grasp this knowledge…

And others will then make it about forgiveness and acceptance.

Those who pointed and snickered at those who stood behind their steroid scene-stealers now vehemently support that which they proclaimed to loathe. If hypocrisy could be measured Dante-style, we’d be in the 7th Circle.

We’re owed a real apology, but we won’t get one until the blinkered, dreadlocked meatheads ask.

There once was a man with dreadlocks
Destined for the Wheaties Box
He hit the ball far naturally
But never mentioned HCG

To shock of the nation
His response was prevarication
As is Tampa and Boston
Our response chanted often
Is simply to tell to Manny to Shove Off !

Ramirez in the Hands of an Angry Fan
Were it not for your sovereign contract, this fan would not bear you. Storm clouds of wrath hang over you because you have sorely neglected this precious season. Yet, you have an opportunity for redemption. Repent! Hit! Score! Lest you be consumed!

Ramirez in the Hands of an Angry Fan

Were it not for your sovereign contract, this fan would not bear you. Storm clouds of wrath hang over you because you have sorely neglected this precious season. Yet, you have an opportunity for redemption. Repent! Hit! Score! Lest you be consumed!

Manny's Epitaph Options. Pick one.

A) Great entertainer! Home runs, funny jokes, jogged around the field during games and never took it too seriously.

B) Great ballplayer! Home runs, gave 100% every play, and inspired his teammates and fans to rally around him.

You chose "A", Manny. Too bad.

Manny, I don't want to read your obituary, where all drug addicts wind up! You cannot DODGE your addiction any longer. You were born in May, Our Blessed Mother's month, wearing her color blue. St Maximilian Kolbe (patron of drug users) will be prayed to for courage to stop! Sincerely, Jane L. Laguna Niguel

My mother has always been a loyal Dodger fan, even now that she lives in Nevada. Mom never said a harsh word when we disappointed her, but the look on her face said it all. I wish Manny could see her face. He'd be ashamed, and maybe he'd Dodger up.

Manny,
You need to break the cycle of manic depressive behavior that you have now caused two major cities across america. It is October! This is officially your last chance. If you come through, you will have bought yourself another year of hope-driven aspiration.

Hey Manny. I want to send my Dodger fan ex-husband to the game so he can tell you to quit acting like an a-hole. 20 years after leaving our marriage he walked our daughter down the aisle like a real mensch. If he can do it, you can do it.

 
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