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The Rays want to (look) like Manny

Posted on: March 19, 2011 10:41 am
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Manny Ramirez wanted the Rays to like him.

Or did he want them to look like him?

Put it this way: No one here is going to ask Manny when he’s going to cut his hair.

Instead, in manager Joe Maddon’s latest version of team-building, the other Rays are growing hair.

“Let’s all be like Manny,” Maddon said. “He’s pretty good. He’s a Hall of Famer.”

So while Manny still has his dreadlocks, they compete on this team with bench coach Dave Martinez’s full beard, and with Evan Longoria’s mullet, and with Johnny Damon’s fauxhawk, and with whatever that is atop J.P. Howell’s head.

Maddon insists he’s going to grow his hair long, too.

“This offseason, I was going through some slides from 1978, and I had really long hair,” Maddon said. “Then I came here and saw Davey’s beard, and I thought in some subliminal way it was telling me this was the time to grow hair.”

So, in a way only Maddon can, he made it a team thing. He told everyone to grow hair or beards or whatever, and he told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that “I want us to be the hirsute club this year. I encourage the growth of follicles.”

It’s nothing new for Maddon, who is always looking for an off-beat way to make the Rays a team.

“Anything that brings us together,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be more batting practice or more time in the video room.”

Earlier this spring, when CBSSports.com colleague Scott Miller was in Port Charlotte to do the Rays camp report , Manny spoke with him on camera and later asked him to “Put in a good word for me.”

It turns out he didn’t need Scott’s help.

It turns out the Rays already liked him. It turns out they even want to look like him.

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Category: MLB
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Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 11:23 am
 

The Rays want to (look) like Manny

Are they going to loaf around the field like Manny does also? Will they all quit when they don't like how things are going?
Manny was a great hitter, but he is the last person I would pattern myself after......



Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 1:01 am
 

The Rays want to (look) like Manny

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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2011 4:56 pm
 

The Rays want to (look) like Manny

A bit   odd , but I have always liked Maddon's approach with his team.  He seems like a real players coach and I bet its not hard to get the guys to play hard for him. I love what he has done with the rays. One day soon the east may go through tampa annualy



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2011 4:07 pm
 

The Rays want to (look) like Manny

So now instead that's just "Manny being Manny", we'll have that's just the "Rays being like Manny". Personally, I couldn't care less how Madden tries to motivate his team, but I think its deadly if he tries to have his young players look up to Manny in any way. What they will likely learn will take years after Manny is gone to break them of. Truth about Manny is not only is he NOT going to the Hall of Fame, but in many ways, Manny is the perfect example of what is wrong with todays baseball player/athlete.


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