Last month, Manny Ramirez secured new representation for, what I’m guessing, one last run with a Major League team.
Wednesday, dude came correct and, during a phone conversation with Ken Rosenthal, opened up about, of all things, his screw ups.
"When you make a mistake in life, no matter what you do, you're going to pay the price," Ramirez told Rosentahl. "That's what happened to all of the players that did it. I'm not going to judge people. Everybody is human. Everybody makes mistakes.”
Call it Manny being, um…not Manny?
“You're going to feel guilty about what you did,” the 41-year-old added. “But you did it. You move on. And you learn from it."
This doesn’t sound like the same Ramirez who, in 2009, was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for the female fertility drug human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and, less than two years later, was facing a 100-game suspension for testing positive for artificial testosterone.
No. Not at all.
This Manny Ramirez almost sounds contrite…appreciative of what he’s got.
"Before you did things and you didn't worry about the consequences,’ Ramirez said. “Now you've got the knowledge and experience. You know you've got to do the right thing."
"In your life, you're going to mature," Ramirez said. "Sometimes you've got to fall and get up to know who you really are. That's what happened to me. I fell. I got up. Now I know what I really want in life."
If you’re keeping score, Ramirez hasn't faced big league pitching since April 2011. Since then, he’s been arrested and charged with domestic battery, played in 17 games for Oakland's top affiliate before asking for his release, played professionally in the Dominican Republic, played 49 games in Taiwan before asking out of his contract and, most recently, suited up for the Texas Rangers Triple-A team.
All that aside, I look forward to seeing how the soap opera ends.