Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins' $70 Million Man, Apologizes to Teammates for Loafin' Against D-backs

After a day or two of pissing and moaning about being taken out of the Florida Marlins' lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, Hanley Ramirez, the Marlins' drama-queen-of-the-week all-star shortstop -- accused by his coach of not hustling the day before -- has sucked it up and apologized to his teammates.

After a 10-minute meeting with Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, it's being reported that Ramirez approached each player individually and apologized for his TO-esque behavior in the media -- and his on-the-field shenanigans -- over the past two days.

If you missed all the hoopla, here's how New Times' Paul Rubin described the play on Monday.

The D-Backs' Tony Abreu dinked a ball to short left over Ramirez's head with two runners on base. Ramirez chugged after it, but the ball dropped in front of him. 

Somehow, Ramirez then accidentally kicked the ball down the line about 100 feet (the left fielder was of no help as he was charging in and had no momentum).

Trouble was, he jogged after the thing (he said later that fouling a pitch off his shin in the first inning had kept him from moving any quicker) and both runners scored easily. Abreu ended up on third after the error.

As a result, Gonzalez benched Ramirez for alleged loafing and a media shit-storm ensued, complete with Ramirez pullin' the Rodney Dangerfield card, telling reporters "I respect everybody. But I don't know if I get the same respect back."

Ramirez sat out during the Marlins' 8-0 slaughtering of the D-backs bullpen yesterday but he is in the lineup tonight as the Fish take on the Cardinals in St. Louis.     

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James King
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