I don't see the t-shirts catching on, but maybe that's just me. The Manny-less Dodgers had plenty of bat tonight, but not enough pitching, and lost to the Nationals 11-9. That ends the home winning string that set a modern record. Juan Pierre went 2 for 4, raising his batting average to .371. I was disappointed with Vin Scully's pre-game handling of the elephant in the room, giving the Manny Ramirez situation the minimum nod, with the rosiest possible inflection on the game ahead.
End of the day coverage:
- An appeal hearing was scheduled for Wednesday -- baseball's top lawyer, Rob Manfred, flew from New York to Los Angeles the previous day -- but sources said Ramirez dropped the appeal on the advice of his agent, Scott Boras. LAT
- Manny should have appeared in public today. Tim Brown/Yahoo
- "Selfish knucklehead of a human being who can no longer be trusted" and should be released, says Bill Plaschke. LAT
- Proves that "the use of performance-enhancing drugs is not a 'yesterday' issue but a 'today' one." Howard Bryant/ESPN
- "Yeah, I still like Manny, but he's stupid..." T.J. Simers/LAT
- Manny has known since April and initially appealed the drug test, says Bob Nightengale. USA Today