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Team downplays Manny's early shower

Ramirez has been doing it all season, and Joe Torre isn't bothered by it.

October 22, 2009|Dylan Hernandez

PHILADELPHIA — Manager Joe Torre downplayed the significance of how Manny Ramirez was showering when Jonathan Broxton served up a walk-off, two-run double to Jimmy Rollins in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, saying he was surprised by how much coverage the incident received.

"You guys that know Manny know that was no disrespect," Torre said. "It's his style. It doesn't have anything to do with not being interested."

Ramirez was replaced by Juan Pierre in the ninth inning of Game 4 and, as was his custom whenever he was pulled from games in the regular season, immediately hit the showers. Ramirez said Tuesday that he was unaware that Broxton had blown a save until his teammates returned to the clubhouse.

"I think it's the fact that he's in demand so much that he wants to get dressed so he can go after he finishes doing what he needs to do with the media," Torre said. "If it wasn't postseason nobody would even notice. It wasn't like he was sitting in the stands having a beer."

Torre said he was amused to see a local television news station speculate how the incident could affect the team. Fans at Citizens Bank Park chanted, "Take-a-sho-wer!" when Ramirez went up to hit in the fourth inning Wednesday.

Third baseman Casey Blake also downplayed the issue.

"Well, it's nothing out of the ordinary," he said. "I think something was made of it that really shouldn't have been. He does that every time. He'll come in and take a shower and maybe watch the game on TV or whatever. So it's not like he doesn't care and he's just like, 'Well, I'm out of here.' "

Blake said Ramirez's teammates weren't bothered about the early shower, but also said he didn't know what Ramirez was thinking.

"I think he got in the shower and didn't expect the game . . . he either expected us to win the game, or . . . I don't know," Blake said. "I really can't explain a lot of things and that's one of them."

Maybe next year

Randy Wolf was told by Torre on Wednesday that he would start Game 7 if the series went that long. Wolf, who started Game 4, was the only Dodgers pitcher who wasn't available to pitch Wednesday.

Torre turned to Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the fifth. But in the sixth, the 21-year-old left-hander gave up a two-run home run to Shane Victorino, the only hit he gave up in two innings.

Torre jeered

Torre was greeted with chants of "Beat L.A.!" when he walked into the nearby Spectrum to watch Bruce Springsteen in concert Tuesday night.

Torre said he put his finger to his lips to quiet what he described as playful taunts.

"This is before 'the Boss' came on," Torre said. "When he came on, they were completely oblivious to the fact I was there."

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dylan.hernandez@latimes.com

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