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Spinners Mark 1-Year of Manny Trade05/27/2009 2:17 PM ET
July 31, 2008 the Boston Red Sox made the decision to trade Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers, bringing an end to the era of "Manny being Manny" at Fenway Park. This summer, the Lowell Spinners, Class-A Affiliate of the Red Sox, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the trade by honoring quitters and celebrating excuses July 30 on "One Year Anniversary of the Manny Ramirez Trade."
Ramirez, recently suspended for 50 games for a positive test for a performance enhancing substance, was as well known for his antics as his undeniable baseball talent. From well publicized decision to take games off in protest of the way the Red Sox were handling his contract to his occasional lack of hustle, Manny represented how the game should not be played.
July 30 the Spinners will celebrate the anniversary of the trade with several activities throughout the evening. Fans will be asked to help the Spinners compose the Top Five list of quitters, liars and cheaters of All-Time, the Top 5 Manny Moments and the best excuses for their follies.
Additionally, the Spinners are in search of a hypnotist to provide assistance for fans that need a little extra help to quit smoking or other addictive habits.
"Minor League Baseball features guys who play the game the right way, always giving that extra effort to make the big leagues," said Spinners General Manager/Vice President Tim Bawmann. "Manny quit on his team and we are going to celebrate the anniversary of his trade by looking at some of the more notable quitters from Bill Parcells and Bobby Petrino to Roberto Duran and even George Costanza."
Throughout the night fans will be asked to sign cardboard cutouts of Manny and Jason Bay, his replacement in left field for the Red Sox, which will be sent to the players following the game. Dreadlocks will also be available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting Lowell Spinners charities.
Lastly, to remember all of Manny's positive contributions to the Red Sox during his tenure with the team, the Spinners will look to return the favor, by offering to help Ramirez sell his Ritz Towers condominium in Boston to help offset the $7.7 million dollars Ramirez will lose during his suspension.
For more information or ticket availability, visit lowellspinners.com or contact the Box Office at 978-459-1702.
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