Manny Ramirez: Bad Tipper
Ok, that's a bit harsh. We don't know if Manny Ramirez is a stingy or exorbitant tipper, but we do know one thing: He'd rather save some dough and effort that adhere to traditional major league customs.
Down in the minor leagues on a warm up stint before his return from a suspension for using performance enhancing drugs, Ramirez failed to buy Los Angeles's AAA farm club, the Albuquerque Dukes.
According to the Modesto Bee, Ramirez failed to provide any additional food money for either the Dukes or the other team for which he played in rehab games, the Inland Empire.
If the whole "Major League stud buys dinner for his AAA buddies." idea is a new one to you, this terrific post from Home Run Derby compiled a number of notable recent examples when big leaguers went above and beyond to help out their farm club friends.
Ramirez isn't exactly in need of bad press, yet that doesn't seem to be making him adjust his traditional behavior. Instead of a golden opportunity to provide himself with some good press, ManRam found yet another way to save himself $2G or so, costing himself endorsement money in the process.
Surprised? Yeah, I wasn't either. Of course, nothing should surprise any of us with Manny Ramirez anymore, it's just unfortunate that the slugger isn't using any of the opportunities that fall in his lap to surprise baseball in a more positive way.
July 8, 2009; 2:21 PM ET
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