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That’s Just Manny Being a Little Shove-y

Jun 30, 2008, 9:47 AM EDT

After all the fun we had last week with Shawn Chacon showing Astros GM Ed Wade what the ceiling looks like, we thought we’d received our full allotment of player-on-staff violence for the month of June. Not so. The Providence Journal is reporting that Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez shoved the team’s traveling secretary, Jack McCormick, to the ground after a dispute over the tickets Manny had requested.

Ramirez had
asked McCormick for 16 tickets for Saturday night’s Red Sox-Astros
game, an unusually high number for day-of-game. In addition to handling
all travel details for clubs, traveling secretaries also take player
ticket requests for both home and away games.

When
McCormick cautioned Ramirez that he might not be able to fulfill his
request, Ramirez responded by shouting: "Just do your job!

An argument insued [sic] and Ramirez pushed McCormick, sending him to the        ground.    

Apologies behind closed doors resolved the situation—more proof that talent wins out in most player-team issues. Chacon, who was a disappointment on a disappointing Astros team, gets provoked into a skirmish with his GM, and he’s gone. Manny abuses the help, and it’s water under the bridge. And I say, Rightfully so, America.