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Manny Ramirez returns to baseball today ... in Albuquerque

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Thumbnail image for manny_ramirez_steroids.JPGManny Ramirez will supposedly be back on the baseball field today, but not here on the South Side of Chicago with the rest of his Dodger teammates. Instead, he'll be playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Los Angeles' Triple-A affiliate has prepared a place for the long-haired one, selling tickets at a blistering pace to see the mildly disgraced slugger and his brand of ball take on Nashville.
The AP story advancing Ramirez' return is chock-full of quotes from average Americans who call the left fielder a cheater and bad role model in one breath only to say they're super excited to see him play in the next.

That's a pretty good summation of where we are on this whole steroids thing, don't you think?

He'll only be there a few days, but that's not stopping Manny Mania from taking hold in New Mexico.

As Action News sports reporter John Salazar put it, "Baseball fans in Albuquerque have a lot to be excited about ... This is huge on so many levels."

Albuquerquians aren't not the only ones who are excited to get a glimpse of the career .313 hitter. Even Nashville Sounds pitcher Tim Dillard, who is scheduled to start tomorrow, told the Tennessean, "I can't speak for everybody, but you always want to face big leaguers. That's how you're going to get better. I think everybody's excited. I'm excited."

Ramirez is eligible for reinstatement July 3 when the Dodgers take on the Padres in San Diego.

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I'm disgusted that ESPN is pimping for this cheater by covering his minor league at bats live. Shame!

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