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Wednesday September 1, 2010 7:52 pm

Manny’s mane may go




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Rumors,

Manny RamirezManny Ramirez made top headlines again on Wednesday afternoon. But as much as they were for making his debut in a Chicago White Sox uniform, they were also about the idea that he may chop off his dreads. Manny’s hair has always been a topic of conversation, but seemingly never as much as in the last two days. Baseball’s #99 is now faced with a decision to conform with everybody else or continue the Manny Being Manny personage.

Manny can’t get away from the conversations about his hair. It was one of the first things he was asked about on Tuesday. The White Sox have a team policy implemented by owner Jerry Reinsdorf that his players have short hair. Initially Ramirez avoided talk about getting a haircut, but now seems willing to comply with the policy and trim the locks. Manny’s hair has gotten worse and worse as the years passed, but it seems like the days for his nasty hair are numbered.

And then there’s his baseball. He sat out of Tuesday’s game, but made his debut on Wednesday in the designated hitter’s role. Manny went 1-for-3 and got hit by a pitch before being pinch-ran for. The White Sox ended up coming back to win the game against the Indians 6-4. None of it had to do with his long hair. Nor was it his uniform that looks like it’s about five sizes too large, but nobody seems concerned about that.

These kinds of team policies are silly. The same thing happened when Johnny Damon joined the Yankees. Whether or not the clean look is “better,” nobody should care as long as the player himself does what he is expected to do. If Manny can .300 and blast 25-30 home runs, what does it matter if he looks like the Predator? Long hair or not, the guy will swing the bat well on the Southside, and possibly take his new team into the postseason.

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