I am a fan of Manny Ramirez. I have never denied that. I will never deny that. The guy's a hitter. He's an RBI machine. He hits for average. He hits for power. He's got great on-base stats. The guy just performs.
I don't mind his antics. I kind of enjoy the whole Manny-being-Manny thing. Hell, name me another outfielder who could make a catch, leap up over the wall to high-five a fan, then make the throw back to first base to get the runner.
There are lot of people who don't like Manny. They're probably Yankee fans. They're also probably those same people who think that Derek Jeter is the greatest player to ever play the game. In other words, they're people who really don't know jack about baseball.
And for those of you who don't know jack, let me introduce you to this post from Joe Posnanski, who's one of the finest sportswriters on the planet. And with this post, you'll learn that everything aside, Manny is a winner. Where ever he goes, the team wins. Except for a his first partial season with Cleveland, no team that he has ever played on has had a losing season.
It's just stupid to me that no one wants to pay this guy. Especially if you want your team to win.
So remember, Manny Ramirez. Probably the best winner in baseball.