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Attending The Circus

Late last night, around the time he stepped in for his last at bat -- a two-RBI double in the sixth inning -- Manny Ramirez was simply a feared hitter, causing complications only for the Nationals pitchers who faced him. Today? Well, it's all different. Dodger Stadium will be a media circus, the game incidental to a larger story. Already, the press box is stuffed with print media, national media, etc., and I suspect they're not here because of Ron Villone.

The Dodgers have already announced special provisions (that is, limited availability) for media covering today's game. Manager Joe Torre, starting in a few minutes, will close the clubhouse doors for a team meeting. At 4:30 p.m. (local time), he will address a throng. At the same time, in a much quieter visitor's clubhouse, Manny Acta hold his daily news conference. For at least a day, the Nats have the feeling of relative normalcy; let everybody else deal with the mayhem.

Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt just issued the following statement regarding his scorned slugger:

"We share the disappointment felt by our fans, our players, and every member of our organization. We support the policies of Major League Baseball, and we will welcome Manny back upon his return."

What does this mean for the Nats? Pretty basic. They'll face a lesser No. 3 hitter tonight.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 7, 2009; 6:13 PM ET
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ramirez + fertility drug = mannypause.

Posted by: surly_w | May 7, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Jamie McCourt is a she.

Posted by: Sam675309 | May 7, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Get the scoop on Manny, Chico. We know you can do it.

Posted by: Brue | May 7, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

turn on comcast sports south...what do i see, gwinnett braves v syracuse chiefs!! wahooooo. ballystar on the mound. mccann doing rehab, good test for him

Posted by: formerlylove1 | May 7, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 7, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Chiefs on down here in SC also. Saw them in person last weekend so this is an added bonus.

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 7, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

If there is any poetry left in baseball the Nats beat the Dodgers tonight. Manny is a huge factor in the Dodgers' success, let's hope it isn't dope that has been a huge factor in Manny's success.

Posted by: ihatewalks | May 7, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Chico, get some comments from Julian, I would love to hear what Manny's good friend has to say.

Posted by: skippy1999 | May 7, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'll bite. What about Manny?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 7, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

In baseball, if it seems too good to be true then it is most likely fraud. McGwire, Sosa, Ramirez, Clemens. Mark my words, Puljols is next.

Posted by: 6thandD | May 7, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Chico has the lineups posted and check out where Manny's "replacement" is batting.

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 7, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

JZ needs to shut em down tonite the fact that the real Manny is going to be gone tonite and for the next forty nine days and nights should be a boon for the Nats and the rest of the Dodger opponents,kinda surprised at the Hinckley dismissal i guess that wild pitch was the deal breaker now they have no lefty's? or is Villone a portsider anyway a win would be nice,now the next six games are not against world beaters so lets see if Acta can inspire the troops.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 7, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Beimel is a lefty.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 8, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

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