Manny Being Manny…?

“Yes, but how does that make you feel?”

That’s a stereotypical response from a psychologist, and while we’re on the topic of stereotypes, being the psychology enthusiast that I am, and a chick, let’s talk a little bit about my feelings.

Just like the guys from MLB Network, ESPN, and every other sports station, I’ve succumbed to blogging about Manny Ramirez.

Manny Being Manny.jpgf029c653d7bada9d953bae55ae99c0e5-med.jpgIf, for some reason, you live under a rock and have yet to hear, Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for taking a substance banned in the majors. This illegal substance is human chorionic gonadotropin. What is that? I had no idea, so like any good college graduate, I turned to Wikipedia. It turns out, human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, is a hormone that is naturally produced in the placenta during pregnancy. hCG, as a drug for males, is often taken along with steroids to assist in the side effects of coming off steroids. While taking steroids, your body stops producing testosterone, and so by taking hCG while coming off a cycle, it increases your production of set hormone and works to restore your body to it’s normal state… i.e., any parts that shrank should be restored to normal size. So, hCG is kind of like a kick in the nuts… literally, it’s what helps kick start your body to produce testosterone again. Basically, what Ramirez was taking isn’t a steroid, but it’s something that steroid users freqently take between cycles. However, for the most part, hCG is prescribed to stimulate female fertility and the testosterone production in males.

As I was talking with one of my friends today, who isn’t exactly the baseball enthusiast that I am, we talked about the suspension that Ramirez now faces. The debate of the damage that missing approximately 30% of games will give him. Was that too harsh? My friend said that she hated the way players had to be punished to show what the league is doing wrong… or something along those lines. Players do need to be made an example of, but is 30% of games too much? Too little? Right now, adding insult to injury, I think Joe Torre summed it up best by saying, “We need to regain the trust of the fans.” Ramirez claims he doesn’t want to appeal because he doesn’t want to miss a significant portion of the end of the season… so… did he actually take steroids? Not sure.

The truth is Manny Ramirez didn’t get suspended for taking steroids, he was suspended for the0fed7fbc7ab37b6fa0ed53999479ff55_manny-picking-nose.jpg substance that was banned by MLB, which is not a steroid. That’s right, Manny Ramirez was suspended for trying to increase the size… or perhaps, get back to the normal size with a kick in his, apparently reduced size, nuts with hCG. If we go back to stereotypes, then I guess with the random drug testing that happens throughout the majors, I think that this only further shows that men really can only think with one head at a time. Or maybe it’s just Manny being Manny.

Despite yet another sad day in baseball, I am still stoked for Saturday’s game… hopefully I won’t see anything like that picture of Manny.

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  1. juliasrants

    Emily – what a very sad day for baseball. And Joe Torre is right – baseball needs to regain the trust of their fans. Manny knew he would be tested and yet he still took it? I’m not sure the suspension is long enough. Have fun in Saturday!


  2. crzblue2

    Nice post. Like you said it was a sad day for not only Dodger fans but all of baseball fans. Even with the news, I am super excited with our team. Loved your stadium when I visit there last year. Let’s see when I got back. Right now I am so looking forward to my first trip to Wrigley field at the end of the month.

  3. rrrt

    “Regain the trust” is right. It sure won’t be an easy job – after A-Rod and Manny, I think absolutely everyone will fall under suspicion. BTW, I finally mailed my crane today! Hopefully it won’t get mangled in the mail.
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  4. mattpeas

    i kinda feel bad for the guy. i mean i hate him but hes gettin a bad rap. and at least the rockies have made a worlds series in the last few years. my pirates haven’t even sniffed the playoffs in almost 20 years.

  5. jewsonfirst and

    As one of my fellow bloggers said, who in the world would be stupid enough to keep using a banned substance once they got caught in Spring Training? Who else but Manny!!

    He ripped off the Dodgers, but at least now the Dodgers don’t have to give him about $7 million, which they’ll be using for a new ad campaign.



    Torre says “WE” have to regain the trust? Let’s see, it was Torre himself who rode the backs of steroid users Giambi, Pettite, A-Rod, Clemens and Manny to great success, but when they’re busted, he shakes his head and says he’s disappointed and stunned and at a loss.

    I guess what makes Torre the ultimate “players’ manager” is his ability to look the other way.

  7. Elizabeth D

    I loved the line about “being a psychologist and a chick” that you had to talk about your feelings. I’m taking AP Psychology next year, and I’m very excited. I’m very upset with Manny, but I want to know more about this story. I’m still destroying my Manny statue that I made.

  8. iliveforthis

    Jane- The Yankees are already definitely dealing with enough as it is.

    Julia- It’s hard to decide what the best consequence for Manny would be. I think the shame of what he’s done is helpful.

    Emma- I still think the Dodgers will look fine. A team doesn’t revolve around a single player.

    Sue- It’s hard with baseball greats who’ve worked hard to achieve their status. Hopefully I’ll get something in the mail today!! I’m excited!!!

    Jeff- … Hmm…

    Junior- Despite that homer A-Rod got on his first day back, I’m sure there are a lot of people who would argue whether or not he’s the best.

    Matt- I’m thinking Manny’s guilt will be a bigger punishment.

    Ken- I think that’s a question that a lot of us asked ourselves. It just shows that Manny obviously isn’t the brightest crayon in the box.

    ddm41- A lot of the players you mentioned are Yankees, and in turn, you have to wonder if it was Joe Torre who pushed them over or if it was the pressure to continue being the best franchise in the majors. Of course, there’s also no way to tell if A-Rod continued to take steroids during his time with the Yankees.

    D- It was great to see you Saturday. I hope Hunter is okay after that hit in like… the jugular.

    Elizabeth- I hope you enjoy psychology next year. I don’t know what I would do if some of my players were caught taking steroids.

    Kylie- I really don’t think anyone was expecting this from Manny. You have to wonder if the increase in muscle mass decreases their brain function.

  9. rockymountainway

    I’ll be checking out the entire Houston series. We need to win the series or I will be sad. Slumping or no, we need wins. I didn’t see you Saturday, but I was also tired and cold so my attention was on surviving the game : )


    Colloidal Minerals
    Well, I think you have done a great deal in blogging about Manny Ramirez, in my arguable opinion. Anyway, it is really a surprise to know that Manny Ramirez has been taking substances banned in the Makors. The thing that she was taking is called HCG. It is sold like supplements but still pose a great threat to the overall health! After all, it was pretty much conceivable that she would get hooked if she took something like that. This suspending will at least open up her eyes, I guess!


    I don’t know why baseball players are so adamant about taking steroids. You hardly ever hear about this in football, and these guys are huge! If you really wanted to get big, just hit the gym…a lot. Quit relying on the easy out. Although I will have to say Manny getting suspended to something thats not even considered a steroid isn’t very cool. I mean how is it they even link a substance like that to steroids? That sounds kind of bunk to me.

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