LADY AT THE BAT: Under Protest: The Hanley Ramirez Fiasco

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Under Protest: The Hanley Ramirez Fiasco

The Yankees played last night's finale against the Red Sox under protest. The reason for it might be a bit silly, depending on what you think. I'm not going to go into it. You can read all about it here. What I do want to go into is the silliness of Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

I was listening to Mike and Mike this morning and heard the story about Ramirez's lack of hustle in a recent game and his subsequent insults directed toward his manager Fredi Gonzalez. After his stunt, Ramirez was pulled from the game by Gonzalez. Later, when speaking to reporters, Ramirez said his manager never played a game in the Major Leagues, so he doesn't know what he (Ramirez) is going through.


Ramirez is only the latest player to utter those words. Several players have gone down that road, including Alex Rodriguez, who was referring to  Buck Showalter when he went there. Now Ramirez has joined the club.

Mike Golic summed this ridiculous statement up perfectly when he said (and I paraphrase), "I may not be a chef but I know a good meal when I have one."   Gonzalez may not have played in the Majors but he knows lack of hustle when he sees it. That's something you're taught not to do in little league, Hanley.

I wish I could file a protest as a fan whenever a player says something stupid like that. Why not? Major League Baseball doesn't really have to get involved. They could put together a board of, say, bloggers to review each protest. If the protest is upheld, the player has to donate game tickets to fans who would otherwise not be able to afford them. 

A fan protest. The more I think about it, the more I like it. How about you? What do you think?


Chrissy said...

Hanley's total lack of respect during this situation bothers me as well. He has some growing up to do but I'd wager that Gonzalez gets the boot before the child superstar does so he has no incentive to change his behavior. What kind of player degrades his manager like that? It's ridiculous!

Totally onboard with your remedy! I wish there were a way to involve the fans as well but I think that would be too cumbersome. Love the penalty especially!

Bernadette Pasley said...

I'm glad Andre Dawson and Tony Perez got in his grill about it yesterday. He apologized to his teammates shortly thereafter. Not sure if this will curb any future incidents, though.