Some of the most ridiculous BS I've ever read.
Manny's stats in the 2004 playoffs: .350 AVG/.923 OPS (The Red Sox win the world championship)
Manny's stats in the 2007 playoffs: .348 AVG/1.160 OPS (The Red Sox win the world championship)
Manny's 2008 stats with the Dodgers: .417 AVG/1.239 OPS
He's one of the greatest RH batters in the history of the game, and he comes up huge in big spots. Does that seem like somebody who is wasting their talent?
And then he goes on to bash Allen Iverson (one of the most consistent and best NBA players in the last decade), Chad Johnson (a great receiver who brings some fun to the game of football), and Usain Bolt (the single greatest sprinter the world has ever seen) for perceived character flaws? Unbelievable.
I'd want all those players on my favourite teams. I don't care if Manny doesn't run out the occasional ground ball or AI doesn't practice as much as others. They flat out win, and in the end, when you're an athlete, that's what counts.
I mean, is Manny honestly going to care what somebody like Ryne Sandberg (or anybody else stupid enough to judge him in that way) thinks of him when he's going to give his speech? I doubt it.