Dodgers okay with Ramirez's early shower

By Dave Sheinin
Thursday, October 22, 2009

PHILADELPHIA -- The Los Angeles Dodgers strongly defended left fielder Manny Ramírez over accusations that his showering in the clubhouse after being removed from Game 4 -- but while the game was still going on -- amounted to an act of insubordination or indicated apathy on Ramírez's part.

"It's really not unusual, and it's not only Manny -- I've had other players that have done the same thing," Manager Joe Torre said. " . . . If it wasn't the postseason, nobody would even notice. It wasn't like he was sitting in the stands having a beer."

After being removed for a defensive replacement in the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Dodgers leading by a run, Ramírez apparently was in the shower when the Phillies rallied for two runs to win the game. Ramírez himself offered the information on Tuesday to reporters who asked him for his reaction to the Phillies' comeback.

Phillies fans greeted Ramírez's fourth-inning at-bat Wednesday night with chants of "Take a show-er! Take a show-er!"

Torre, Colletti see real 'Boss'

Torre and Dodgers GM Ned Colletti spent Tuesday's off night attending a Bruce Springsteen concert at The Spectrum, just around the corner from Citizens Bank Park, enduring chants of "Beat L.A.!" prior to the show from concertgoers who recognized Torre.

"They were very kind," Torre said. "[The 'Beat L.A.!' chant] was more a dig than of a serious nature. I think everybody was thrilled to be there to see Bruce, not me. But they had some fun with me."

For Colletti, the concert marked a return to his roots, as he used to cover the Flyers at The Spectrum when he was a beat writer for the now-defunct Philadelphia Journal.

"It's a very special place for me," Colletti said.

Manuel staying mum

Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel remained coy prior to Game 5 about the team's rotation plans for the rest of the postseason. It was presumed they would start left-handed ace Cliff Lee in their next game, whether it was Game 6 of the NLCS or Game 1 of the World Series, but Manuel did not concede that.

Fehr cashes in on departure

Donald Fehr will receive an $11 million severance package from the Major League Baseball Players Association when he leaves as executive director.

Players voted to approve the package last month following the recommendation of the union's executive committee.

Fehr has held his job since December 1983 and in June announced his intention to retire.

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