Manny Ramirez wants one more chance. But has he never heard the old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, fool me three times, you must be Manny Ramirez?"
"I want to show people that Manny can change, that he can do the right thing," Ramirez told ESPN. "And to show people that I still can play. I don't want to leave the game like I did. I also want to show my kids that if you make a mistake, don't quit. Just go back and fix it. And if you're going to leave, leave the right way."
Ramirez played in five games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 before retiring after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs for the second time in his career. Of course, Dodgers fans will remember that Ramirez first tested positive with the Dodgers in 2009. He served a 50-game suspension, which pretty much brought an end to "Mannywood."
"A bunch of guys are going to look at me and say hey, this guy made a mistake but he didn't quit. Look how he finished. He did the right thing and came back," Ramirez told ESPN.
Yeah, I really don't think that's what they will be saying, Manny.
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Manny Ramirez with the Dodgers in 2010. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times