Listening to the talk this week about Boston's Manny Ramirez refusing to show up for the All-Star Game, I was reminded of my long-ago youth.It is pretty well-known that in 1977, while recovering from an injury, Manning was screwing Dennis Eckersley’s wife while the Indians were on the road.
I concluded that Rick Manning, the only player I ever tried to emulate, never would have pulled such a stunt. ... In my young eyes, the hustling Manning could do no wrong. ...
I know this about Manning: If selected by the fans to start an All-Star Game, he would be there, no questions asked.
The kids today who look up to Ramirez can't say the same about their favorite player, and that's sad.
July 15, 2006
A Strange Definition Of "Hero"
Sean McClelland, Dayton Daily News:
by allan at 1:35 PM