Mannywood, Mannymania, or whatever it is called, is over as Manny Ramirez is waived and then shipped to Chicago to play for the White Sox. (Photo by Jeff Lewis)
Manny has been shipped out of town and the McCourts divorce hearings begin
By Tamara Latta
Monday was a busy day for the Dodgers, as Manny Ramirez stint with the team comes to a dead end; he was claimed in a wavier deal by the Chicago White Sox. He will now be their official designated hitter.
"Physically in our league he couldn't play every day," Dodger Manager Joe Torre said. "That probably was more of a determining factor more than anything else. He felt the he would be better off going to the other league because of the DH situation and playing every day."
About three weeks ago the Mannywood sign was demolished from left field and everyone speculated that he wouldn't be in Los Angeles too much longer. But Torre down played the whispers. He insisted that the sign was removed due to an advertisement for "John Hancock" insurance. Apparently the company bought the wall space. That means the ball club was more interested in selling insurance, than promotion tickets that once centered on Ramirez. I'm still kind of stunned that they divorced Ramirez without getting any assets in return.
It was only a matter of time before the Dodgers would ask Ramirez to sign his name on the dotted line. The 38-year old slugger slowly witnessed his playing time with the Dodgers dwindle, when his body started to tell him "no" repeatedly. He was placed on the disabled list three times this season, pampering two right calf strain injuries. The physical damage eventually led his employment to be demoted from full-time to part-time. Dodgers' General Manager Ned Colletti felt confident about the move.
"If he could have played left field every day, it would be a different story," Colletti said. "We wouldn't be standing here right now. The defense got to be a struggle for him, and he wanted to continue to hit and continue to try and be productive."
While Ramirez was signing his divorce papers, the Dodgers owners were entering the courtroom preparing their papers for a repugnant divorce. Jamie and Frank McCourt are fighting over ownership of the team. The wife claims she was a victim of small print. Meaning she was totally unaware of what she was signing when she gave her consent not to be a co-owner of the Dodgers. Jamie's soon to be ex hubby is arguing that she once practiced law, so there is no way that she didn't understand what she was signing.
With the McCourts in and out of divorce court, they could most definitely use some if not all of the $3.825 million dollars Ramirez saved the ball club.
It was a mad house at Dodger Stadium on Monday. I'm assuming most reporters went to sit in on the divorce case and then made their way to Cesar Chavez. Joe Torre was asked by one reporter if the divorce would be a distraction to the team. He immediately blew the question off by responding back with a one-word answer, "no".
It seems like "divorce" is becoming a very popular word around the stadium, and before we know it the Dodgers will have a section for the fans called divorce wood for all the couples who are separating.