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I'm pretty sure he didn't say that about Texiera, besides guys like Jon Heyman all still said the Yankees had an outside chance as Texiera, you aren't hearing that about Manny at all. Yankees aren't interested.

Neither are their fans.

Manny isn't coming here and that makes me very happy.

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As you know, I had interest in Manny before we signed Teixeira, because I felt we needed a bat in front or behind A-Rod, once we signed Teixeira, I was no longer interested in Manny.

As you know, I never had interest in Manny. I would have rather taken a scalding hot poker in the pooper.

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They cant sign Manny, they reached their limit on type A, B or whatever free agents.

Again, this report was completely false. The Yankees can still sign whatever and whoever they want. The only thing stopping the Yankees from signing Manny is (1) payroll and (2) the fact that he is a complete disgrace to the game.

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This idea that the Yankees can't sign Manny because of his behavoir and his penchant for playing when he wants is ridiculous.

First off, in his career, I have only seen him act like that once, and that was last year. I don't remember reading about Manny doing this in Cleveland...

Secondly: The Yankees have a history of having players on the team who have acted just as bad or worse than Manny. They aren't "too classy" for him.

Kenny Lofton, Gary Sheffield, Ricky Henderson, are right off the top of my head as guys who either didn't play or faked injuries in order to facilitate a trade and/or contract renewal..

hell, they even did this to the Yankees....at least in Sheff and Ricky's case.

Yankee fans need to get off their high horse and realize that if Manny were on this Yankee team he would shatter RBI records...and hit us into the world series...

which is all I care about..

if you care more for integrity than winning, you wouldn't be a Yankee fan...

you would be rooting for the Pirates

This is a bunch of Grade A crap. Telling me how to be a fan? Talk about a high horse.

To quote myself from another board:

"Never did I say that no a-holes have ever played for this team. But just because you may have in the past, doesn't mean you now have license to go sign the biggest one available.

My motivation here is simple.

I became old enough to start appreciating baseball in the mid 80's. This was a time when the Yankees were not very good. I grew up in a household ruled by Mets fans. My father and his father were both former Dodgers fans who had adopted the Mets as their own. When I was 10 years old, the Mets won the World Series. I could have easily been a Mets fan.

But one thing happened: I saw Don Mattingly play. I saw a man who wasn't the most talented guy in baseball, but for a period was its best player. I saw a guy who worked hard, a guy with determination, and a guy who poured his heart out on every play. It inspired me as a young boy. I wanted to be him. From that point forward, I tried to emulate that attitude, not only on the playing fields, but in many other aspects of my life. I have found that the "never quit, work hard" attitude has served me well and helped me overcome a lot of adversity.

This interest in Mattingly at the time opened my young eyes to a rich history of the New York Yankees. I learned about guys like Thurman Munson. Bobby Murcer. Mickey Mantle. Lou Gehrig. Casey Stengel. I heard that when Joe Dimaggio was asked why he played so hard, he replied "Because there might be some kid in the stands who is seeing me play for the first time".

This is what the Yankees represent to me. I don't just root for the uniform. I focus also on the tradition of excellence. The pride. Are there stains from the past? Sure. Who doesn't? But those great players and those great moments FAR, FAR outweigh the (Ricky Hendersons or Roger Clemens) of the world.

Manny Ramirez to me represents the opposite of all of that. He would be just another stain. He's the anti-Mattingly. He has all the talent and none of the effort. He doesn't deserve the talent or the money that he has been blessed with. I have no interest in watching him loaf around and showing off every day. Like someone before said, when I have kids, I don't want to be explaining to them about Manny being Manny. I'd much rather lament about Jeter being Jeter.

He could knock in 200 runs for all I care. But I still don't want to watch him every day. F Manny Ramirez."

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I probably have the same experience, Donnie Baseball was my favorite growing up to.

But Dimaggio and Mantle were also reprehensible jerks. One was an alcoholic womanizer and the other a stuck up old man who turned his nose up and tried to scam free meals.

These two are the gold standard?

Since when does on the field consistency equate to this fairy tale fantasy world where they can be considered heroes.

They aren't heroes, the are athletes.

Overgrown adolescents. Nothing more.

There are very rare examples of great player and great man....very rare.

To think there are some sort of "good old days" when they played for the love of the game....is just insane.

Don't look to baseball players, or athletes at all, as heroes or role models.

Don't buy into the hype either.

They are just games, you tell your kids to focus on the good ones.

Manny and his ilk are the ones you say, "see this guy, he is a bum and here is why..."

They all serve a purpose.


hope you know I am just deabting my point, in no way am I tell you personally how to think. Would hate to offend when I don't intend to.

Those are my standards. I pay a lot of money when I go to a baseball game. That money largely goes to the overinflated salaries of these players. So in return, I expect a big effort out them. Manny doesn't do that. I could care less that Mantle scored with women. He gave his all on the field. So did Dimaggio. And like I said, just because there may have been bad guys on this team in the past, doesn't mean I'm opening my arms to more. As the saying goes, two wrongs don't make a right.

Sure, jerks exist in baseball. But why would I ask for one to be on the team I root for? I can tell my kids what an a-hole Manny is when he's playing on a different team. All I ask from them is to not put me in a position where I have to root for a guy I have little or no respect for. I have my plate full with ARod already.

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Say what you want about A-Rod, the guy comes to camp in shape, he busts his ass to win, maybe too hard, and comes to play everyday.

I partially agree. He works hard, but in a similar regard to how Manny "works hard" (although I'd say he stays in much better shape than Ramirez. I think Manny just works on his hitting). But they're both 100% in it for himself. I don't think he has a genuine interest in working hard for the team and the cause of victory. He wants to pad his stats. I have a hard time respecting that motivation.

ARod is particularly weird in that he doesn't care at all about the fans, he cares about what the fans think of him. Manny doesn't care either way.

Like I said, I give the most respect to guys like Mattingly who put it all on the line, any success was a bonus. No one disrespected him even when he become a shell of his former self as a player, because of his desire. With Manny, I respect his talent, but I really wish it had been given to someone more deserving.

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Well, I get where you're coming from even though I disagree vehemently.

Lets just take Mantle....you say scored with the ladies, I say abandoned his wife and children and slept around and got drunk all the time. Yeah, he played his heart out, he played hurt, he sacrificed his body for the game. He was still a bum for what his personal life is like.

Guys like Mattingly are far too rare to hold most players up to his standard. I would love it if every player was like that, but they aren't.

Me, I say, you expect big money out of me and a commitment of my time to this sport, I expect you to bend over backwards to put the best team on the field. I don't want the Yankees to suddenly grow a conscious and cheat me out of what could be a memorable season.

They have never done that before. Ever. Hell Reggie could be the poster boy for these antics. Yet the guy entertained and provided great memories, and one of the greatest baseball moments in the history of the sport during the World Series.

Should that be tarnished simply due to the fact that he was only in it for himself?

Not to me. I feel lucky and fortunate when the rare player who does it all comes along, and I can really get behind them and root for them. Other than that I root for my team.

Let's face it, we had Shane Spencer and Ricky Ledee in LF for a while....and they seemd like good guys who tried real hard...but I and the majority of Yankee fans didn't mind seeing them replaced by David Justice.

To me, I have to separate what I want the team to do with what I wish they could do. There aren't enough good-guy, play tough and hard, leave it on the field, team players out there to think I would ever see otherwise.

Like I said, most baseball players never get past the maturity level of a 19 year old. They are never forced to grow up when they can play a childs game from prepubescence until their late 30's.

I can't hold them to a higher standard...because not only do they not care, but they always dissapoint.

I concentrate on the game, my love of the unique and wonderful game of baseball. Once in a while I find a guy I can point to and say to my kids, "This guy here, he is a special kind of player."

Until I find the next "Mattingly" I will concentrate on the homeruns, the shutout innings, the great diving catches, the poetry of a doubleplay, the productive out, and the gamewinning RBI.

Those are really the only pure thing about baseball in the end.

I know what you're saying to an extent, but to me, Manny Ramirez is just completely intolerable. You mention guys like Justice. Although not a model ballplayer, I'd take a 100 Justices over one Manny Ramirez. I see Manny Ramirez and I literally want to slap him in the head. I DESPISE this man. HATE him. There is no other player in baseball that I would say that if he were to be acquired by the Yankees, I would have a serious hard time with it. Not one.

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Last thing I want to say about this is that I guess I buy into the whole "winning isn't everything" stuff. It's not just a cliche to me. When I played and even now, I appreciate the entrtainment of the game in two ways. When my team wins, yes, that's great. But I take equal enjoyment in watching the effort of indiviual players. I enjoy sportsmanship. I love respect for the game. These are things I valued, and things I look for in others.

And lastly, I also hold true to my belief that Manny isn't necessary for this team to win. We've tried to build on offense for several years now and it has been a mistake. I like the new focus on pitching. This lineup is strong enough. Continue to spend that money on pitching - spend it on free agents, draft picks, development and scouting. Build me a dominant pitching staff. That's how this team has traditionally won, and how it will win in the future.

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