Ramirez act wearing thin

John Kruk discusses the Manny Ramirez situation and Greg Maddux's latest accomplishment.

Originally Published: July 29, 2005
By John Kruk | ESPN Insider
This week, Boston Red Sox star Manny Ramirez refused to play a game on his scheduled off-day despite the team needing him to play because of a lack of depth in the outfield.

At what point does Ramirez's actions go beyond just "Manny being Manny"? It seems like every season he does something that the Red Sox and the media wave off as "Manny being Manny." It can be for something like not running out a groundball, making a silly mistake in the field that costs the team runs or just seeming lackadaisical and disinterested during a game.

When is this guy going to be held responsible for his actions? I understand that sometimes a star player gets special treatment, but this is supposed to be a team game in which every player is responsible for his team and he doesn't seem to understand or care. He just goes about his business without any fear of reprisal from management or his teammates and that's not right. When I played, there was no way I could have gotten away with this type of behavior, and neither could anyone else on the team.


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John Kruk

Baseball Tonight analyst
John Kruk, a three-time All-Star outfielder/first baseman, serves as an analyst on ESPN's Emmy Award-winning Baseball Tonight, as well as working select game telecasts. He joined ESPN beginning in the 2004 season.