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Gone was the team's sentimental attachment to a guy who was viewed as a demi-god during the last half-season because of his otherworldly performance; once he settled into his natural routine (which is, of course, still superb), Dodgers fans became less enamored of their enigmatic slugger, and the PED test only exacerbated the situation. replica Chopard L.U.C 168413 watch When he came back, he wasn't persona non grata, but he certainly didn't have the same appeal; his at-bats were no longer an event. I'm not here to comment on PED use - or whether Manny was even actually using - because that's frankly out of most anyone's relative expertise, but I am here to observe that between that affair last season and the injury-plagued campaign that has been 2010, Manny has shall we say fallen out of favor with the Dodgers organization.Incisive, right? I know.
I do think that part of the problem is that Manny sat out for what seemed like eons with an injured calf; how many of us have (1) injured a calf and/or (2) know what it feels like? It seems so insignificant; the idea that a ballplayer would miss significant time for an injury to such a seemingly minor part is kind of offensive to passionate fans - and stereotypes aside, don't let anyone tell you Dodgers fans aren't true blue. But such is life, I suppose, and particularly so with aging baseballers like The Manny. Which brings us back to replica Chopard 168482-9001 watch perhaps the most salient point of all: can we actually expect positive performance from Manny in September given his injury issues and advancing age? I think we certainly can; I trust in ZiPS at least enough to say that he'll be a significant upgrade from whatever Mark Kotsay was offering.