Walking a fine line in Seattle
This road trip needed a little levity. We got some when Geoff Baker, the respected baseball writer for the Seattle Times, reported in his blog today that Manny Ramirez was involved in another one of those great Manny being Manny moments. Last night, after the game, Ramirez was rushing out of the park just moments after the game.
As veteran Manny watchers know, he is, without failure, almost always the first Red Sox player to leave the clubhouse after a game, be it at home or on the road. In this case, I will leave the writing for Geoff. Here is exactly what he wrote on his blog:
“Seems that Boston slugger Manny Ramirez was leaving the ballpark,
with headphones on trying to look inconspicuous and quickly get away
from the crowds still leaving the stadium. He started to cross South
Royal Brougham Way, against the signals of a traffic cop who was
directing pedestrians. The police officer demanded that Ramirez open
his wallet and show identification. He warned him that he could face a
$500 fine and possible arrest for disobeying a police officer.”
“It became clear to those watching that the policeman had no idea who
Ramirez was. He didn’t ask for an autograph or anything, but did ask
Ramirez if he’d attended the game. After the brief lecture, and no
argument from Ramirez, the police officer let him go with no further
“Ah, maybe baseball needs a higher profile in this town? Or, maybe
Ramirez has to sit around and talk to the media like everyone else on
his team, so he doesn’t get caught up in post-game foot traffic? I
don’t know, I just thought it was a funny story.”
Hilarious, no? Anyway, unfortunately, Manny didn’t feel like regaling us with his fine tale today. Instead, he said very good-naturedly, “Don’t worry about it, it’s none of your business.”
Perhaps not, but manager Terry Francona was hardly surprised that Manny got pinched by some of Seattle’s finest.
In fact, Terry, without knowing what happened with Manny, was asked if he was ever caught J-walking?
“Here. This is the worst place in the world [to j-walk]. I offended
twice today and didn’t get caught. I’ve been pulled over here. You can’t do
that here. They are serious.”
Tito then elabroated:
“I got pulled over a couple of years ago. You don’t live here,
you don’t know. Me and Donny [Kalkstein] walked here today, I said, Donny you can’t go
across that light. They’ll yell at you. I know they’re serious.”
“They’re really serious, I know that. I was going over to
Nordstroms. If you don’t walk in Boston,
they’ll start screaming at you. I don’t get it.”
The good news is that Manny is in fine form at the plate. In case you haven’t noticed, he has obliterated the baseball in his last 10 games, producing 18 hits in his last 36 at-bats.