McCarver: Ramirez's lack of commitment with Red Sox 'despicable'
Updated: October 8, 2008, 7:43 PM ETESPN.com news services
Manny Ramirez has been nearly unstoppable since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 1. Tim McCarver, who will call the National League Championship Series on Fox television, is among those who have noticed."It's extraordinary -- the dichotomy between what he was in Boston and what he is in Los Angeles," McCarver said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I mean, talk about wearing out your welcome in a town, and it was a long welcome with the Red Sox. But some of the things he did were simply despicable, despicable -- like not playing, refusing to play. Forgetting what knee to limp on. And now it's washed, it's gone." McCarver, and others, have pointed to Ramirez's numbers with the Dodgers, which are stunning. Ramirez hit .397 after joining the Dodgers, with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs in 187 at-bats. His on-base percentage is .489 with the Dodgers. In his last month with Boston, Ramirez hit .347 with a .473 on-base percentage. But Ramirez has been dogged by allegations he didn't play hard and quit on his Red Sox teammates late in his tenure in Boston.