Super Man was just Clark Kent, who was really just a cartoon.
“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.” Ralph Walter Emerson.
Columbus, courageous on his journey to America, also was a murderous owner of slaves.
And Manny Ramirez, arguably the best hitter in the last 15 years, takes steroids.
So what do these iconic figures have in common?
These men were all heroes of their trade, who have failed and disappointed many with each discovery of darker underlying facts.
“Any time that this comes up, it’s kind of a black eye for baseball,” said New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
The 38-year old Ramirez, has tested positive for the second time in his baseball career. He is leaving MLB “at peace,” according to an interview with ESPN. In Manny’s first drug bust, he blamed his doctor, but this time around he had only himself.
Ramirez didn’t steal second…
Manny stole retirement as a quick out to what would be a 100 game suspension.
Ramirez was warned in spring training of his failed test, but told the Rays that he had family business to attend. The next day he shocked Tampa Bay by retiring, leaving the team one hitter down.
But hey, that’s just Manny being Manny.
The Rays didn’t lose much anyways, since Ramirez was only batting a .118 average thus far into the season. They also saved two million dollars thanks to his early retirement.
This isn’t his first strike out, though.
In 2008 Ramirez worked his way from the Red Sox to the Dodgers. Both moves ended in conflict and controversy.
Manny is quite possibly best known for his self-centered play in game. He has faked injuries, and has even simply sat down when he didn’t want to play anymore.
But hey Manny can be Manny right?
Ramirez never really played for the Red Sox, or the Dodgers, or the Rays. Manny played for team Manny, and team Manny only.
Ramirez isn’t alone though, and the last week was a rough one for MLB. Barry Bonds, who is the home-run king of the nation, and an iconic sports idol, was found guilty of obstruction of justice; also related to performance enhancing drugs.
Both men were up for the hall-of-fame. Now, without a doubt, both men will receive no vote for the spot.
Maybe Bonds had a chance, Ramirez never really did.
Ramirez, who was set up to be the poster child for the Tampa Bay Rays will now be replaced by Sam Fuld, who moved from the Chicago Cubs.
Replacing the Manny Ramirez bobble heads are will be “Super Sam” capes.
So yes, say goodbye to the has-been, one time legend of Manny Ramirez, who has finally struck out.