Do you feel "betrayed" by Manny? If so, please get a life

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You’re not going to believe this, but Bill Plaschke found fault with Manny Ramirez’s return to Dodger Stadium last night:

The citizens showed up early in hopes that the mayor would come out early to greet them.

He didn’t.

The citizens began cheering as he ran out for the start of the game in hopes that the mayor would acknowledge them.

He wouldn’t.

The citizens chanted his name as he finished his first warm-up
tosses in hopes that the mayor would at least throw them the ball.

He threw it in the left-field stands instead.

After blowing off honesty, accountability and one-third of the
season, Manny Ramirez did something more egregious in his return to
Dodger Stadium on Thursday.

He blew off Mannywood.

Given that Plaschke has been beating up Manny for months now, I can
only assume that he had a “Manny disingenuously tips his cheating cap
to the fans” column ready to go too. Either way it’s more of the same
ridiculous outrage from a guy who, in addition to being unable to write
a paragraph longer than one sentence, is unable to appreciate that no
one other than him feels betrayed by Manny Ramirez. The guy’s a big
flake, and that’s one of the biggest reasons why the people who like
him like him.

To suggest that the fans out in left field feel diminished by
Ramirez’s alleged slight is to assume that Dodgers fans are simpletons.
Some folks like him. Some folks don’t. No one apart from a few
columnists lose much sleep over the guy, nor should they.

The first native Lithuanian in MLB history made his debut last night

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Why yes, it is a slow news day. But let’s not allow that to take away from some MLB history.

Last night a young man named Dovydas Neverauskas pitched in mopup duty for the Pirates, who were getting hammered by the Cubs. Mr. Neverauskas pitched two innings, allowing one run, making him, by default, the most effective pitcher the Pirates sent out there last night.

That’s good, but that’s not what makes it historic. What makes it historic is that Neverauskas is the first person born and raised in Lithuania to make the Majors. Here’s some back story on him from last year’s Futures Game.

Lithuania is known for producing basketball players. Now it has its first major leaguer. Whether he becomes baseball’s Arvydas Sabonis is an open question.

Bumgarner: dirt bike adventure was “definitely not the most responsible decision”

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Madison Bumgarner talked to the press yesterday about his dirt bike injury and its fallout.

While there is some speculation that the Giants may change their approach to Bumgarner’s contract situation at some point as a result of all of this, yesterday Bumgarner noted that the organization has been supportive as have his teammates. He said he apologized to them as well for an act he characterized as “definitely not the most responsible decision.”

As for the wreck itself, Bumgarner was a bit embarrassed to say that it wasn’t the result of doing anything cool or spectacular on the bike. Sounds like he probably just laid the thing down. Guess it makes no real difference given that he’s injured either way, but you’d hope to at least get a cool story out of it. Alas.

Here’s video of him talking to the press. The best and most accurate takeaway from it: when he says “it sucks.” Yep.