Manny Ramirez's time with the Albuquerque Isotopes was uneventful: four plate appearances, zero hits, one walk, and one near-riot when he left the stadium during a pregame rain delay. But some good did come of his AAA sojourn.
The 'Topes pulled in a record 54,763 fans for the series, and I'm guessing more were interested in seeing Manny than the Nashville Sounds. Ill-gotten gains, you say? So does Albuquerque President Ken Young, who donated $10,000 to the Taylor Hooton Foundation, an anti-steroid charity. "I'm not going to say they're not connected," he said (or didn't say).
You know me. Occasionally, I'll be quirky...'I'll be quirky.' Albuquerque! I'll be right back!
No, actually that was minor league baseball enthusiast and former major league mascot Homer Simpson.