What others are saying about Manny Ramirez's retirement
Tampa Bay's Manny Ramirez retired Friday after testing positive for a banned substance under Major League Baseball's drug-testing program. Reaction to the news was swift:
St. Petersburg Times' Gary Shelton: "You knew it would end badly, because with Manny Ramirez, it always does. You knew there would be controversy, because with Manny, there always is. You knew there were going to be headlines and headaches and histrionics, because with Manny, there is never another choice."
Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci: "There is a saying in the drug testing business that a drug test is not a drug test at all. It's an IQ test. Manny Ramirez was dumb enough to run afoul of baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program — not once, but twice."
Los Angeles Times' Dodgers Blog: "So maybe there finally is an end to Manny being Manny. Apparently all it takes is getting busted — remarkably, somehow — for drugs yet again. ... What a miserable way to go. It’s one thing to leave without fanfare, but quite another to have to slither off in the shadows."
Former Boston Red Sox teammate David Ortiz: “It’s crazy, man. That was the last thing I was expecting, for him to retire and go through all that situation. I don’t really know the details, how everything went down. ... It’s sad, man, to see a player with that much talent and with an unbelievable career, to get him out of the game with negativity."