With FOX Sports covering the NLCS this year, television analyst Tim McCarver was interviewed about the upcoming series between the Phillies and the Dodgers and was asked about the extraordinary play of Manny Ramirez since arriving with the Dodgers. McCarver – in a way that only McCarver can – gave a backhanded compliment to Ramirez. As reported by ESPN:
"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."
Appearing on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, McCarver was asked if he still stood by his comments.
"You can't ignore all of the things that happened in Boston," McCarver told ESPN's Bob Ley. Later, asked if "despicable" was the right word, McCarver said: "I'm fine with it. I was fine with it when I said it."
Since coming over from the Red Sox, . Manny has hit .397, with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs in 187 at-bats. His OBP is .489.
By comparison, Ramirez hit .347 with a .473 on-base percentage during the season with the Red Sox.
Asked is he played hard in Boston, Ramirez replied, "Yeah, I did. I did play hard."
Not content with calling Ramirez “despicable”, McCarver went further.
"Every sport, there have been people who have held organizations hostage, whether it be Terrell Owens or Randy Moss or Manny Ramirez," McCarver said.