Hanley Ramirez told reporters Tuesday morning that he "lost some respect" for manager Fredi Gonzalez after Monday's benching.
Ramirez was lifted from Monday's 3-2 loss to the Mets after booting a bloop hit into the left field corner and jogging after it with little effort. He probably should have apologized Tuesday rather than complicate matters further, because what could have been a minor issue has now taken on a life of its own. Now Gonzalez may be forced to bench Ramirez further.
Via Joe Capozzi's Twitter feed. Another good nugget: Hanley says Gonzalez "doesn't know what it's like to play through pain because he never played in the Big Leagues. I respect everybody but I don't know if I get the same respect back."
Oof. I'm sure he'll either say he was "misunderstood" or the PR team will try to sweep these comments under the rug but this is about to get ugly...if it hasn't already.
Edit: Here's a loose transcript with a couple more goodies:
http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/marlins/ ... r-manager/