Teammates brush off Manny's comments
Making headlines is part of star's game, Dodgers vets say
PHOENIX -- Manny Ramirez is amused by the reaction (overreaction?) to his comments that this will be his final year as a Dodger, if not as a ballplayer."What is life without these moments?" he asked. "I'm on top of the world." All signs pointed to this being Ramirez's last season as a Dodger long before he said so. His age and tired legs make a return to the American League and a designated-hitter job a logical conclusion to his career, unless he decides -- or baseball decides with a lack of interest -- that he's done. Nonetheless, his voluntary declaration on Monday turned into a media bonanza, with Ramirez in headlines and video during the first 24-hour news cycle of the week. But from a baseball standpoint, it was business as usual in the Dodgers' clubhouse. "Manny being Manny," pitcher Clayton Kershaw said. It hasn't received as much attention as the comments, but Ramirez has been working on his swing in the batting cage all week along with many of the veterans, even though the first full workout isn't until Saturday. That's partly why you couldn't find a teammate who said he felt slighted by the comments. "Maybe he kind of feels like he's getting old and wants to be over there in a DH role," Matt Kemp said. "I know he'll give us everything he has to make us win. And if we win the World Series, he might stay another five years."
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