Manny Ramirez has turned down a $45 Million contract offer from the L.A. Dodgers.
"This isn’t another cutesy case of Manny being Manny," writes Scott Soshnick for Bloomberg. "This is Manny being moronic."
Ramirez called the offer "not enough." Well, I guess it is 'chump change' compared to the Obama administration's stimulus bill. But still.
This whole episode rekindles unpleasant memories of former basketball player Latrell Sprewell, who in 2004 turned down the Minnesota Timberwolves’ offer of $21 million over three years. Insulting, was the word used by Sprewell, who made matters worse by rationalizing his rejection by telling the world that he had a family to feed.
Speaking of feeding families, Ramirez and Boras should chat with the folks at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.
Citing the sinking economy, the charity said its member agencies have seen a 41 percent increase of new clients requiring emergency food assistance. The Foodbank provides 700,000 meals a week at a cost of $175,000.
It’s amid that L.A. backdrop that Ramirez says $45 million, or $42 million deferred, isn’t enough.
Earth calling Manny. You may or may not have heard, but there's a devastating economic crisis, brought about by a mortgage and credit implosion, going on right now. And it's affecting all sectors of the economy. Long story short. Your loyal fans can no longer afford to borrow against their highly leveraged assets in order to buy baseball tickets. Don't be a goof.