Another TLBR Exclusive: Manny Ramirez Opens Up
On July 31, Manny Ramirez gave Throws Left, Bats Right an exclusive interview* in what was believed to be his most extensive post-trade comments after being shipped to the L.A. Dodgers. Ramirez, recently banned by Major League Baseball for violation of its drug policy, again joined TLBR for another post-ban exclusive.**
(* - not really; ** - ibid)
Manny, thanks for joining us for this exclusive interview. It's been a very interesting 24 hours, so let's jump right into the questions.
Q: First off, as you know, steroids in baseball is a big problem. And so is peer pressure. Throughout your career, did you ever feel the need to use performance-enhancing drugs by any of your teammates or friends in baseball?
Q: You've been banned for 50 games for failing one of Major League Baseball's drug tests. The drug in question is human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). It's prescribed use is for female fertility. It's abused by steroid users to kickstart testosterone levels. You say it was for a personal medical problem, reportedly sexual disfunction. Can you explain what you were using it for?
Q: Did it work?
Q: There are several rumored side-effects to the drug, one of which makes it difficult to rub your belly and pat your head at the same time: Is this true?
-----Q: Is it true that using steroids gives you the ability to make objects levitate?
-----Q: Another side effect is taking on female characteristics - A-Rod was reportedly called "bitch tits" - did you see yourself taking on any female characteristics?
(No, I said female characteristics...)
-----Q: Have you recovered from the sexual disfunction issues?
Q: What would happen if you and Don King had children?
Q: Can you show me what an airplane does?
Q: And how do you start the chicken dance?
-----Q: Can you show me your best 'Lil Jon impression?
-----Q: You're out of baseball for the next 50 games. What will you do to stay in shape?
-----Q: Back to the peer pressure thing, who gave you the most information or best advice regarding using steroids?
Q: From Clemens, to Giambi, to Pettitte, to Kevin Brown, to Jason Grimsley, to Gary Sheffield, to Bobby Estalella, to Mike Stanton, to Ron Villone, and most recently to A-Rod, how did your current manager take the news that he had another key player under his control accused of using steroids?
-----Thanks for joining us again Manny. Enjoy your time off beteeen now and July 3.
Have a good weekend everyone...