And the Manny-hate World Series tickets go to . . .
You’ll recall that last week the Los Angeles’ Times’ Steve Lopez offered up his World Series tickets to the person who wrote what he felt to be the best 50-word anti-Manny Ramirez statement. Well, he has a winner, and his name is Richard MacPhee, and he’s a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. His entry:
“Dear Manny. I am a firefighter for the USFS, I make $16 an hour. It’s hot, dirty, dangerous, with long hours. My body hurts all the time. It takes four years to make $170,000. My bonus, somebody telling me ‘Thanks for the hard work.’ You should try it some time.”
That said, I have to agree with the Times’ Dodgers blogger Jon Weisman, who had this to say to Lopez via Twitter regarding his little contest: “I’m a fan of yours but you’re giving Manny too much power. He’s not bigger than the game but you’ve chosen to act like he is.”
One thing I left out in my little pro-con exercise below is the fact that the national media is almost certain to make a Dodgers’ World Series all about Manny. Which is a shame, because the Dodgers are a pretty balanced team with way more interesting stories than the overplayed Ramirez angle. If Lopez truly can’t stand Manny, you’d think he’d just ignore him rather than to play into that overhype even more.
But it’s too late for that. And while I don’t have any rooting interest in the NLCS, I’m tempted to pull for the Dodgers now so that Richard MacPhee can go to a game, even if I think the contest he won was rather misguided.