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The inglorious end of Mannyland

Manny Ramirez's deception brought his once-dazzling ride to a screeching halt

Updated: April 11, 2011, 4:29 PM ET
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

My instincts had kicked into high gear. The ball was hit hard, but I knew if I took the right path I could cut it off before it was a sure double in the right-center-field gap. I took off, I shifted into my fifth gear and then something happened that I hadn't seen before. The ball had so much backspin that it acted like it was rising. The reality that the ball was past me before I could get to my mark was bad enough, but what made my jaw truly drop on the center-field grass was that this ball ...

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