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You would think Andre Ethier wouldn't have any doubters left at this point (you would also think teams would stop pitching to him in walk-off situations, but hey, the Pirates are the Pirates for a reason). And yet the following comment popped up in the Dodgers-Pirates conversation as Ethier stepped to the plate with a runner on first and his team trailing by a run in the bottom of the 13th inning Tuesday night.

We don't mean to pick on RussMartinAAA, but when you're wrong, you're wrong. Ethier, of course, knocked the ball out of the park for his sixth walk-off hit, and his fourth walk-off home run, of the season.

In early August, 70 percent of SportsNation said it would rather have Manny Ramirez at the plate with the game on the line than Ethier. Has the walk-off king changed your mind?

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Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd didn't make the 2003 MLB list, but if they find it, they'll check it twice before talking about it on "SportsNation" TV.

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David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez reportedly are on the list of players from 2003. Of course, the Red Sox aren't the only team to win with players later implicated.

Alex Rodriguez Should the entire 2003 list of MLB players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs be released?
Fans are clamoring to see who else pushed the league toward more stringent testing. They just hope their heroes aren't on it.

Plaxico Burress Has Plaxico Burress become a sympathetic figure?
The ex-Giants receiver threw himself in front of the New York grand jury that is considering whether to indict him on weapons charges.

Detroit Lions Can the Lions exorcise their demons in 2009?
A Lions fan recently performed an ''exorcism'' for his team. Will that help the defense tackle and give Matthew Stafford more time to throw?

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So many of the best athletes in the United States play football, baseball and basketball. Will a LeBron James of soccer ever emerge here?

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Brett Favre retired. Or did he? He's not playing for the Vikings. He's not playing for the Jets. He's not playing for the Packers. Anybody else interested?

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Lost among the cheers, applause and wildly flailing dreadlocks that surrounded Manny Ramirez's pinch-hit, tie-breaking grand slam last night was the fact that Manny is closing in on an all-time record.

Manny has somewhat of a talent for hitting with the bases loaded -- his OPS with three men on is 65 points higher than his career OPS. In only 272 at-bats with the bases drunk (we're running out of ways to say "bases loaded," so bear with us), he's hit 21 grand slams. Lou Gehrig, whose personal letters ESPN.com collected to illustrate the course of his illness, holds the all-time record with 23.

A grand slam's a funny thing. It requires a number of disparate factors to align in just the right way. If one runner decides to try to score from second on a single, it doesn't happen. If a pitcher throws a wild pitch, it doesn't happen. In addition, even if you do get the opportunity, you actually have to defy the pressure, get the perfect pitch, and put it out of the ballpark. No wonder the career record is only equal to, say, a few good months from Albert Pujols. Manny could hit two tomorrow, or he could never hit one again.

Additionally, it's tough to find two players of somewhat equal talent who are more different than Gehrig and Ramirez. One was a dour, stout, defensively skilled first baseman who held the record for most consecutive games played. The other is a cheery, flaky, defensively challenged left fielder. One thing they have in common, though: both are hitters of a legendary caliber.

kanebowman

I love it, teams play almost 3 hour games, battling for a win and after yawning, stretching and taking one swing of the bat as your entire of body of work in a game, Manny wins it for them w/ a game winning grand slam. Like him or not this guy is ridiculous.

-- KaneBowman
greenandyellowtilldeath

I dont think Hollywood could make a script like that one..... just wow...!!!!

-- Greenandyellowtilldeath

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Manny Ramirez doesn't seem like that bad a guy. Sure, he does some strange things. He'll loaf on ground balls. He'll mope and sulk on the field. He'll cause the walls of reality to become fluid and indistinct, challenging our notions of what exists and what does not. He also has really long dreadlocks. No big deal, right? People seem to love the guy. He's the ultimate entertainer in a sport meant to entertain.

Still, the man did take a banned substance, and served his punishment accordingly. That has to be worth at least a minor reprimand by the hometown crowd. You expect opposing fans to boo rival players, but judging by SportsNation's general opinion of players who use PEDs, you'd expect at least a few boos out of Chavez Ravine when Manny returned Thursday night.

Or would you? Mannywood was back and rocking hard on Ramirez's return, even though he managed only one hit and two strikeouts in a 3-0 loss to the mediocre Astros. Could it be that fans in Los Angeles are a kind and forgiving bunch? We hesitate to speculate, SportsNation, but it could have something to do with the fact that Manny is putting up BA/OBP/SLG numbers that rival another eccentric outfielder's.

nslunch713

why would you boo this guy? your team is still in first place, he did nothing that hurt you, and the only people who still care about roids are 60 year old sports writers,

-- NSLYNCH713
gotham77

The point is that Manny Ramirez plays hard when Manny Ramirez feels like it. If you're lucky, he'll feel like it from April 1st right up through the team's final game of the season. If you're not lucky, he won't feel like playing hard all the time. And he doesn't seem to respond to any kind of positive feedback...but he DOES respond to negative feedback, without seeming to understand that the source of the negativity is his own actions.

-- gotham77

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