Manny Ramirez finally spoke to the media about his 50-game suspension for failing the MLB’s drug test, and then seemed confused as to why people were asking him about ancient history.
"That's in the past," Ramirez said. "Whatever happened, that's in the past and I'm coming to play my game and move on. I don't want to be a distraction for this team.
"I spoke to Frank McCourt, I apologized, I spoke to Joe, my teammates and I'm ready to move on," he said of the club's owner and Manager Joe Torre.
"I didn't kill nobody, I didn't rape nobody, so that's it, I'm just going to come and play the game," Ramirez said.
Manny was at working out, giving hugs to a few teammates and then talked with the few reporters who happened to be there.
Said reporters asked him what he expects when he comes back, but that’s the easy one — Dodgers fans will welcome him back with open arms. Manny and most of the fans in Los Angeles have moved on, it’s some of the media that will linger on the issue.
And a guy who loves to just loves to play like Manny is likely to come back on a tear. When that happens it will be a big Los Angeles love-in with the Dodgers.
Kurt Helin uses performance-enhancing drugs at his blog, Forum Blue & Gold.