MannyPosted: April 9, 2011
I am a Christian guy. There are a lot of emotions going through my mind as I type this. The most prevalent one is anger. Here is what I would like to say?
How could you? You coward! You are a fake and a cheat and now you want to retire? No way! You get back out there and you take the pain. You stand in front of the cameras and tell us that you are a fake. Tell us that you only care about money. Look directly into the camera and tell us that you don’t give a crap about baseball and that this was always about money! Look into the camera and tell us that you are so stupid and entitled that you are willing to put anything in your body if you think it will help. You took OVULATION MEDICINE DUDE. You were such a fake, that you put medicine in your body that helps you produce eggs for reproduction. You should have eaten raisins. I hear they help you think.
That is how I feel. Those are the feelings that make me want to lash out. But I am not going to say that. I am going to calm down and think before I type. I’m going to step away from the computer and think about what my actions mean. I’m going to walk into the living room and hug Beckett, Chase, and Ava. I’m going to think about my wife Christi and thank God for allowing me to have a wife who loves me. I’ll be right back.
That took a little longer than I expected. Here is what I am actually going to say.
Manny. You’re ripping my heart out man. I had so much respect for the way you hit. I told my friends, “Manny doesn’t cheat. He’s legit.” But you aren’t man.
I want to be angry and raise my voice. But I’m not going to do that. I am calm right now. This is what I want to tell you from my heart.
You don’t have to be a great baseball player for people to love you. We love your personality. You seem to be a happy guy and that is what we love.
Manny, happiness isn’t about money. I know we are all tricked into thinking that money will make us happy, but it doesn’t have that power. The only thing that provides us with real happiness is living for something greater than ourselves.
I’m not made or angry with you anymore. I’m not going to sign off in a condescending way. In fact I want to thank you for making me realize what this life is about. I just got back from hugging my kids and kissing my wife. I have been praying and thanking God for allowing me to have such blessings.
Manny, your actions have reminded me how thankful I am that God blessed me with the natural ability to play in the Big Leagues. When my kids ask me about baseball and the Steroid Era, I will look at them and say,
“You know you don’t have to cheat to make it in life. All you have to do is try as hard as you can. There will be times when you are really tested and you’ll want to take the easy way out. But you don’t have to because I will love you no matter where you end up. And if you do mess up, I am going to love you. And if you mess up again, I will love you. Beckett, Chase, and Ava, this world will try and trick you into thinking that you need to cheat. The world will make you think that it is fine to do what everyone else is doing even if it hurts you. You don’t have to. Work hard and don’t give in. Life isn’t about money or fame. Life is about caring for those around you and you can do that in any job. Work hard. You can do it! I love you.