It was only a matter of time, I suppose. That it took almost two weeks for Manny to, ahem, be Manny might be the biggest surprise. In any event, Manny Ramirez, traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers on July 31, has been arguably the league’s best player the last 11 days.
During last night’s game against the Phillies, however, the dreadlocked left fielder went missing as his teammates took the field for the ninth inning. Had Manny finally been abducted by aliens to take him back to his home planet, or was it something much less sinister? Turns out, it was the latter. Video hilarity after the jump.
(Post-pee footage courtesy of THE FIGHTINS’)
Let’s see, there’s no Green Monster for him to hide in at Dodger Stadium — so where in the world was Manny now?
In the dugout, several Dodgers peered down the tunnel toward their clubhouse as Monday night’s game … was held up. They looked as though they didn’t know whether to laugh, scream or simply shake their heads.
Then, finally, the enigmatic slugger reappeared and jogged swiftly out to his position, dreadlocks dangling and a wry half-smile on his face.
“I just went to the bathroom,” Ramirez said with a chuckle after Los Angeles’ 8-6 victory. “All the guys said, ‘Hey, we play nine in here.’”
Apparently, Ramirez thought manage Joe Torre had pulled him from the game; turned out, he hadn’t. Which explains why ManRam sauntered out to left field looking a tad more disheveled than usual. Jeff Kent, who has plenty of experience playing alongside nut jobs, explains:
“When he came out, his jersey was half undone … So if he was going to the bathroom, he takes his jersey off to do it.”
Sounds about right.