All Fun and Games Til Someone Dies of Cancer

Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon stands by his recent comments from an Esquire magazine interview, in which he compared former teammate Manny Ramirez to cancer of all things.

"Manny was tough for us," Papelbon said. "You have somebody like him, you know at any point in the ballgame, he can dictate the outcome of the game. And for him not to be on the same page as the rest of the team was a killer, man! It just takes one guy to bring an entire team down, and that’s exactly what was happening."

Get ready! Here comes the cancer part!

"Once we saw that, we weren’t afraid to get rid of him. It’s like cancer. That’s what he was. Cancer. He had to go. It sucked, but that was the only scenario that was going to work. That was it for us. And after, you could feel it in the air in the clubhouse. We got Jason Bay—Johnny Ballgame, plays the game right, plays through broken knees, runs out every ground ball—and it was like a breath of fresh air, man! Awesome! No question."

Anyway, this all reminds me of that time Brett Myers asked some reporter if he or she was retarded. When you're a public figure in the limelight, there are just certain things you maybe shouldn't say. Calling someone a "cancer" might be one of those things... although we all totally get what he means.

Manny is probably much happier in Los Angeles with Alyssa Milano and the Dodgers anyhow, so it's a win-win, right? Until someone dies of cancer.

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Jake said...

Pap's comparison of Manny to cancer was definitely in poor taste, but like you said, we all get where he's coming from.