While writers and pundits decry the fact that Manny Ramirez isn’t being made into a total pariah as the result of his drug suspension, the fans are making their thoughts about the man very, very clear:
When Manny Ramirez returns to Dodger Stadium, so does Mannywood.
The fans have spoken, the Dodgers say. They want their “Mannywood”
T-shirts, and their special block of seats adjacent to left field.
When Ramirez was suspended May 7 for violating baseball’s drug
policy, the Dodgers withdrew the Mannywood promotion. He is scheduled
to be reinstated July 3, and the Dodgers plan to reinstate Mannywood on
July 16, in their first home game after his return.
“We decided to reopen Mannywood directly based on our fans’ interest,” Dodgers President Dennis Mannion said.
It’s important to remember that we watch baseball to be entertained.
Manny entertains people, and thank goodness most people appreciate that
that matters way more than the moral of ethics of PEDs, however
interesting a subject it may be.