Interestingly enough, he didn't say anything about using steroids.
The new Manny is being brought to you by Billy Beane, the A's general manager recently celebrated on the big screen as the savior of all small market franchises. It seems to be nothing more than a promotional stunt, though when I called Beane to ask him, he didn't come to the phone. No big deal, he was probably busy with his agent discussing plans for "Mannyball: How Manny Ramirez and I saved the Oakland A's."
Maybe it will work out and Ramirez will hit 30 home runs and carry the A's to the World Series. Maybe he'll be the attraction that helps the A's finally get out of the Coliseum and into a proper home in San Jose.
Maybe they have someone who will take his drug tests for him.
Right now the taxpayers of Rhode Island can't help but feel they've been snookered in the Schilling deal. They bought into celebrity, and could end up getting burned.
So has anyone who has ever spent a dollar to watch Manny Ramirez play.
Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg