I suspect that the Dodgers organization lost its integrity when the O’Malleys sold the team. Now it appears that their fans have as well. I will enjoy seeing all of the Dodgers fans give a hero’s welcome to Manny when he returns from his suspension next week; the same fans who would boo Barry Bonds and others because of suspicions of drug use. The blind support that the team and its fans are giving a player who has been caught cheating, has shown no remorse and has not even played a full season as a Dodger is laughable. But as the team and its fans will be quick to point out, they are a franchise built on tradition.
James Angotti, Huntington Beach
I will be there when Manny returns to Dodger Stadium. Here’s what I suggest we do: On his first at-bat, boo him. Let him know how he let down his fans. Let it all out. Then, on his next at-bat, if you are of a forgiving nature like me and feel that he has served his punishment and learned a lesson, cheer for him. Welcome him back into the family and let’s get back to baseball.
As framed in his tedious-to-read explanations, T.J. Simers’ continued embrace of Manny Ramirez in the face of evidence of his steroid use doesn’t say much about Manny.
It does speak volumes about Simers’ character and moral values. But then, both are on display in The Times on a regular basis.
West Los Angeles
Manny, the McCourts, the Dodgers’ PR staff, Major League Baseball and now the fans have all sent a loud and clear message to young boys and girls everywhere: “Cheaters rule, kids! Grab your syringes and bring on the drugs!”
Corona del Mar
Has Manny Ramirez learned his lesson by playing in Albuquerque? Isotope so.