A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (yes, Star Wars took place in the past, not the future, it was right there in front of your faces the whole time, but I digress), Manny Ramirez retired from the Rays and the game of baseball rather than face a 100-game suspension for his latest positive test for performance enhancing drugs.
More specifically, Manny’s retirement took place on Friday April 8. We remember the date well, because that was the same day we were a guest on “Happy Hour” with JP Peterson only moments after JP had the family jewels snipped, but I digress again.
Anyway, tomorrow’s game would have been the 100th game of Manny’s suspension, meaning he would have been eligible to play on Sunday.
Of course, this would be a bigger deal if the Rays were still in the playoff race and were looking to add a bat for the stretch run. And it might have been a little deal if another team needed a DH for the stretch run.
But hey, let’s not be bitter. Let’s look back on Manny’s tenure with the Rays and remember him for that brief but golden era in which he was playing for the Rays.
17 at bats, 1 hit.