Manny Brings Special Bat, Special Headache to LA

Dodgers get one loopy guy, but hey, they got him for nothing
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez takes left field in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 30, 2008.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Look out, LA—Manny Ramirez is coming. The ex-Red Sox outfielder brings "510 career home runs inside 510 pounds of baggage,” writes Bill Plaschke of the LA Times. And "the only thing that flops around more than his trademark dreadlocks are his moods." But the deal was a no-brainer for the Dodgers: "They do not have to pay someone who immediately becomes their best hitter."

Besides, they only have to put up with him for 2 months, right? “Three months,” corrected owner Frank McCourt, factoring in the playoffs and World Series. LA now has five starting outfielders, but if anyone can handle that, it’s Joe Torre. “It’s funny, but I did everything I could not to have to see him again, and all of a sudden he's showing up in the uniform I'm wearing” says the manager. “It’s pretty special.”