Manny showers as Dodgers fall apart

Updated: October 21, 2009, 12:06 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Manny Ramirez wasn't sweating the end of Game 4 of the NLCS. In fact he was squeaky clean.

As the Philadelphia Phillies were rallying past the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning on Monday, the mercurial outfielder was in the showers, according to a report on FoxSports.com.

"When I came out, they were turning the TVs off and everybody was coming in," Ramirez said, according to the Web site.

Ramirez had been lifted for defensive replacement Juan Pierre in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Phillies rallied against Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton for a 5-4 win and a 3-1 series lead.

While some might wonder why a star wouldn't watch his team try to close out a one-run NLCS game, Dodgers manager Joe Torre had no problem with Ramirez.

"Manny has so much confidence," Torre said, according to the Web site. "When we get a lead late in the game, and I've taken him out, whether it be for defense or we have a big lead, when we go up to shake hands after the game, he's in his street clothes.

"So, it's really nothing different than he's done before. I don't think it's disrespect or anything. He wasn't going anywhere until the game was over, and we can't put him back in the game."