Confirmed: Ramirez Will Apologize, Play Today

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, benched by manager Fredi Gonzalez for lack of hustle and a poor attitude, reportedly said Wednesday that he plans to apologize to the team before the Fish face the St. Louis Cardinals today.

Fredi Gonzalez Speaks To Media In St. Louis About Hanley Flap

(Gonzalez has confirmed Ramirez in lineup for today  - see update below)

In response to the benching and his subsequent comments about Gonzalez, Ramirez told ESPNDeportes.com Wednesday:

I’m sorry that all this got so ugly. My intent was not to cause a distraction. I’m sorry that things got this heated. The team, the fans don’t deserve it. We are all professionals here and we’re pulling for the same side. I’ll try to close this chapter and focus on playing baseball.”

Ramirez also clarified his comments about Gonzalez having never played in the major leagues. Read more…

Fredi On Hanley: ‘Surprised’ If Not In Lineup Today

Appearing on WQAM-AM in Miami today, Marlins Manager Fredi Gonzalez addressed the playing status of Hanley Ramirez, who was recently benched by Gonzalez for not hustling and making subsequent, incendiary comments about the manager.

Hanley Ramirez Dogs It, Gets Removed From Game By Fredi Gonzalez

Gonzalez: “I would be surprised if … I would be really surprised if he’s not in the lineup (against St. Louis) today. We’ll take care of it, he’ll be in the three hole and playing shortstop and hopefully we’ll be shaking hands (after a win) after the game.

Gonzalez removed Ramirez from Monday night’s Marlins-Diamondbacks game in Miami because he thought the shortstop didn’t hustle while chasing a ball in the outfield. Ramirez was then benched for Tuesday’s game against Arizona.

The Marlins open a series today in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

Gonzalez, who indicated yesterday to reporters that Ramirez would not play again until he apologized, noted to WQAM today that he had not talked to the shortstop since Tuesday’s game and that he had seen no indication that Ramirez had apologized to any of his teammates. Read more…

Fredi On Hanley Starting Wednesday: “We’ll See”

The Marlins marched on without Hanley Ramirez Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Diamondbacks 8-0 behind two RBIs from Ramirez replacement Brian Barden and stellar pitching by Josh Johnson.

Hanley Ramirez and Fredi Gonzalez

Ramirez was benched today after not hustling during the Marlins 5-1 loss to Arizona last night and making incendiary remarks about Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez Tuesday morning.

Though Ramirez did not speak to the media after the team’s victory without him today, manager Gonzalez did address Ramirez’s current status with the team following the game. Read more…

Marlins Mgr: Hanley Won’t Play Until He Apologizes

Last night Hanley Ramirez was removed from the Marlins-Diamondbacks game by Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez for not hustling on a defensive play. (More on that here, including video of incident.)

Marlins Manager Fredi Gonzalez Demands Apology From Hanley Ramirez

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As the Marlins have a day game today, Ramirez addressed the media about the incident Tuesday morning:

It’s his (Manager Fredi Gonzalez) team. He does whatever he (expletive) wants. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s brutal.

That’s OK. He (Gonzalez) doesn’t understand that (playing hurt). He never played in the big leagues.”

Gonzalez responded to Ramirez’s comment about him not understanding the situation because he never played in the big leagues. Read more…

Video: Hanley Ramirez Has Tiger LeBron Moment

Last night we witnessed the difference between superstar treatment of a MLB player who quit during a game while plagued by a stealth injury, Hanley Ramirez, and handling of LeBron James and Tiger Woods in similar circumstances.

Hanley Ramirez Dogs It, Gets Removed From Game By Fredi Gonzalez

(Video of incident)

Sensing that Ramirez, despite having “smoked” a foul ball off his ankle in a previous plate appearance, was loafing after a booted soft pop, last night Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez ejected his superstar shortstop from the game in the second inning. To make matters more interesting, Gonzalez did the honors in full view of the team in the dugout.

An obviously elbow-impaired LeBron James also recently quit on his team, in Game 5 of the playoff series between the Cavaliers and Celtics. Was James punished or questioned in public by any member of the Cavaliers organization? No.

Same thing with Tiger Woods at Quail Hollow in Charlotte last month. Read more…

Speed Read: Oregon, Boise Trade Musical Barbs

For a lot of us, tonight is like Christmas, your birthday and finding your Dad’s stash of Swank Magazines when you were 12 all rolled into one: college football starts tonight. And unlike most opening week mismatches, tonight’s marquee match-up should be a doozy, with Pac-10 dark horse Oregon braving possible blindness from the Smurf Turf and the color-coordinated fans to America’s underdog, the Boise State Broncos (current listed as a 3.5-point favorite).

Jeremiah Masoli

But this isn’t just a compelling game between two Top 25 teams with big aspirations. No, these two teams (in my best Jim Ross drawl) Just Plain Don’t Like Each Other, especially after last season’s win by Boise State that featured two Broncos getting ejected and Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli getting KOed by a cheap shot while attempting his first pass of the game. Here’s some video if you want to judge for yourself:

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Bruce Pearl Set To Ring Out Wedding Bells Again

Bruce Pearl has Volunteered his heart for marriage once again, as the UT coach announces his engagement to the quite tasty Brandy Miller.

Bruce Pearl Brandy Miller

Jessica Simpson gets so worried when Tony Romo is on the field that she texts everyone to pray for his protection.

• Sorry, folks, tonight’s Yankees game has been called on account of rain. Oh, it hasn’t? Well, too bad - you’re still not getting back in.

• The Green Bay Packers warned us about this sinister swine flu epidemic - over 30 years ago!

Regis Philblin is almost murdered by a menacing throw from the Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez.

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Toss From Marlins Player Almost Takes Out Regis

There he was - Regis Philbin tossing out the first pitch for the Marlins on Monday. The TV talk show host came down to show support for the South Florida baseball club that he says he’s become a fan of.

Regis Philbin Hanley Ramirez

And what thanks does Regis get for coming out to the ballpark and cheering on the Marlins? Almost a trip to the hospital, courtesy of Hanley Ramirez.

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Marlins Player Vents Anger With Sharpie Tattoo

If you’re the Florida Marlins, you should be optimistic: You’ve finally got the finances to build that baseball-only stadium you keep saying will rescue your attendance from sub-Monster Truck Rally levels; You have a dynamic roster filled with exciting talent; And you have arguably one of the top 10 hitters in baseball in Hanley Ramirez. So what’s the perfect thing to do in Spring Training? Why, drive Ramirez to the point of near self-destruction with ridiculous team rules, of course!

Hanley Ramirez

The SUN SENTINEL reports that Ramirez melted down yesterday in the clubhouse before the team’s exhibition games against Baltimore, choosing to use his chest and a Sharpie to express his outrage. And you would expect him to be pretty upset at this point, what with his .077 batting average this spring. But the target of his ire wasn’t his own poor performance, but the team’s new dress code and personal grooming policies.

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Speed Read: Mizzou Guards Alamo From NWicans

Every year we celebrate the bloody massacre of Texans at the hand of the Mexican army, and this was before soccer was popular. The Alamo Bowl, then, is the college game in which a team is crowned new saviors of the Republic of Texas, and for one year they are enshrined within the walls of the Alamo to protect from any uprising. And you goofy playoff advocates thought the bowl system was irrelevant.

Alamo Bowl

Missouri will be this year’s defenders, since they pushed Northwestern past the limit in a 30-23 overtime victory. Chase Daniel will be Davy Crockett, the heroic senior leader of the team, who kept his Tigers in the game despite the NWern Wildcats regaining the lead three times. Daniel’s TD pass to Jeremy Maclin in overtime was the difference. (Maclin can be the William B. Travis in this grand metaphor). The highly accurate kicker, Jeff Wolfert, blew a 44-yard field goal at the end of regulation that would have won the game, but his team came out victorious nonetheless, so he can be Sam Houston. I’d assign some roles to the Northwestern football team but I’m running out of Battle of the Alamo parallels.

Andre Smith

Andre Smith is a big deal, for he is the nation’s best lineman and will probably be a top three pick in the NFL Draft. He allowed one sack all season, and is probably the MVP of the Alabama offense. He is not a quarterback like Tebow, Bradford, Colt, Harrell or Your Favorite Quarterback. But he will not play in the Sugar Bowl due to a suspension, and ESPN.COM’s Chris Low has some info that says he talked to an agent, which is a big NCAA no-no. Obviously, this is a large story, since it’s on ESPN and making the rounds on the wires … but just imagine how much bigger of a deal the media, fans, bloggers, and bettors would make of it had John Parker Wilson been the one suspended. But it’s just a stupid lineman. There are, like, seven of those or something on the field at once. No big deal. The real question is: Will the beef stew Terrelle Pryor ate today affect his Fiesta Bowl passer rating?

Computer that will determine price of Giants tickets

This might be the computer that will determine the price of Giants tickets next year. About 2,000 seats will fall under this automated pricing formula, which factors in things like weather, popularity of opposing team, and whether or not Barry Zito will be pitching. This may potentially revolutionize the way sporting event ticket prices are gouged set, and finally gives the world a chance to dust off the ol’ quadratic formula to see how much the weekend will cost you.

The sum of the square roots of the following stories equals:

Super Snova

  • AUTOPIA takes a look at souped-up snowmobiles from around the world. I see nothing wrong with turning a Chevy Nova into what looks like a tank.
  • The Red Sox want Ramirez back! I’m dead serious!
  • The Bucs go to 9-3, then Monte Kiffin says he’ll leave at the end of the year with son Lane to the U. of Tennessee, and then they lose four straight and are out of the playoffs. The ST. PETERSBURG TIMES talks with Kiffin who admits it may not have been the right thing to announce his resignation when he did.
  • IN GAME NOW says Derek Jeter is looking for a house in Los Angeles. Expect the Yankees to offer the Dodgers a 10-year, $453 million contract.
  • The AP is reporting Clippers basketballperson Ricky Davis will be suspended five games for violating the league’s drug policy. Easy on the Sudafed, bro.
  • The Mets have made some good acquisitions this offseason. They’re due for a rumor about an Andruw Jones-type tra… hey, lookit that!
  • A fun find by SEATTLE WEEKLY regarding just how much Pat Riley thinks about the case sensitivity of his text messages to Dwyane Wade.
  • You know how people older than you constantly remind you how tough they had it? Well, Oregon football back in the day had to endure private jets and lobster dinners, and Willie Glasper will be the last OU player who can claim that. Expect 2025’s Ducks team to bitch about the 15 miles of snow they had to play through.
  • NEWSDAY says the Jets will be coached either by Bill Cowher or by Marty Schottenheimer, depending on whose prediction you believe. Using the quadratic formula, this means Rod Marinelli will be rumored to be the next Browns coach.
  • And finally, Bernie Williams was quietly trying to make a career comeback for the World Baseball Classic, and his comeback could end on as quiet a whimper as it began, now that LOHUD YANKEES BLOG says he’s got a serious quad injury while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. Carumba.

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