You're not going to believe this, but Bill Plaschke found fault with Manny Ramirez's return to Dodger Stadium last night:
The citizens showed up early in hopes that the mayor would come out early to greet them.
The citizens began cheering as he ran out for the start of the game in hopes that the mayor would acknowledge them.
The citizens chanted his name as he finished his first warm-up tosses in hopes that the mayor would at least throw them the ball.
He threw it in the left-field stands instead.
After blowing off honesty, accountability and one-third of the season, Manny Ramirez did something more egregious in his return to Dodger Stadium on Thursday.
He blew off Mannywood.
Given that Plaschke has been beating up Manny for months now, I can only assume that he had a "Manny disingenuously tips his cheating cap to the fans" column ready to go too. Either way it's more of the same ridiculous outrage from a guy who, in addition to being unable to write a paragraph longer than one sentence, is unable to appreciate that no one other than him feels betrayed by Manny Ramirez. The guy's a big flake, and that's one of the biggest reasons why the people who like him like him.
To suggest that the fans out in left field feel diminished by Ramirez's alleged slight is to assume that Dodgers fans are simpletons. Some folks like him. Some folks don't. No one apart from a few columnists lose much sleep over the guy, nor should they.