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Bill Plaschke: While Dodgers were losing, Manny was taking a shower

October 20, 2009 |  7:30 pm

FabforumJonathan Broxton was sweating. Russell Martin was fearing. Joe Torre was grumbling.

The Dodgers hanging on the dugout rail were clenching. The Dodgers fans watching at home were dying.

Manny Ramirez?

He was bathing.

While the Dodgers were taking on the brunt of postseason pressure in the ninth inning here Monday night, their star was taking a shower.
While his teammates were wilting under the spotlight, their leader was relaxing under the spray.

By the time the Dodgers had finished staining themselves with a ninth-inning collapse in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, Ramirez was just scrubbing clean.

“I come out of the game early, I take a shower,” he said Tuesday, his feet propped up in front of his locker at Citizens Bank Park before an off-day workout....

You can read Plaschke's full column here.