This might be a bit more than simply the “Manny being Manny” sort of thing that Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez is well-known for at this stage. According to the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL’S SOXBLOG, the slugger got into a bit of a disagreement with a team traveling secretary over ticket allotment.
(Ramirez, making better use of his hands.)
Ramirez made a request for 16 tickets to last Saturday’s game in Houston to traveling secretary Jack McCormick, and that’s when the apparent incident began.
Ramirez had asked McCormick for 16 tickets for Saturday night’s Red Sox-Astros game, an unusually high number for day-of-game. In addition to handling all travel details for clubs, traveling secretaries also take player ticket requests for both home and away games.
When McCormick cautioned Ramirez that he might not be able to fulfill his request, Ramirez responded by shouting: “Just do your job!”
An argument ensued and Ramirez pushed McCormick, sending him to the ground.
Writer Sean McAdam notes that the incident was resolved with a Ramirez apology and a statement from McCormick that it was simply an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” Ramirez’s erratic and sometimes immature behavior does get a bit of a pass because, more often than not, it’s humorous rather than malicious.
If you’re paid $20 million a year and are a fan favorite like Ramirez, you might take this kind of attitude with a team secretary, but it’s certainly much less serious than the whole Shawn Chacon mess in terms of seriousness.
I’m still wondering why Ramirez needed 16 tickets for a game in Houston. I presume he has friends and family there, but 16 tickets?