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PHOENIX - JULY 10: Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins leaves the dugout before the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 10, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Marlins 8-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Us versus Them is only supposed to work when you're playing against another team.
And the them is manager Fredi Gonzalez and his backers.
Ramirez addressed the media Tuesday, a day after being pulled out of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks for what appeared to be a lack of effort chasing down a ball he booted. After the inning was over, Gonzalez told Ramirez to hit the showers.
"It's his fu---ing team," Ramirez said.
After a few curse words directed at a question about the manager, the Marlins' All-Star shortstop claims it was an injury he suffered while at bat the inning before that caused him to loaf after the ball.
"He didn't play in the big leagues. He didn't understand," Ramirez said according to the Miami Herald.
There may be some merit to Ramirez's excuse. The foul ball he took off the shin was about as violent as you will see. Some analysts thought he had broken his leg.
He was not in the line up for the afternoon game Tuesday, but it's not clear if it is more punishment for Monday's incident or his comments or if it was a legitimate injury.
But Ramirez's effort has been questioned on more than one occasion. Teammate Dan Uggla questioned his heart last year and fans have often criticized Ramirez for admiring the balls he thinks are homers, only to see them stay in the park, and he winds up at second base instead of third.
Now, Ramirez is playing the Rodney Dangerfield card.
"I respect everybody. But I don't know if I get the same respect back," he said.