Ramirez gets $10 million this year, and $15 million in deferred money with no interest. A plan the sides discussed would have it payable in $5 million installments each from 2010 through 2012. If it winds up as a two-year deal, the plan called for $10 million each season, with three payments of $8,333,333 each from 2011-13. I don't know what any of that means, but it sounds pretty awesome.
LA sports fans get shit on, particularly from the East Coast-centric media. LA fans are no different than any other group of passionate fans around the country, except for those flags we have on our cars. There is no excuse for that. What I mean is that we go through the same emotional roller coaster as any other group of sports fans. If you think we're not passionate, come to LA when the Lakers are in the playoffs.
I can't complain about the Dodgers, because they've won titles. I remember when Kirk Gibson hit his home run. I was in my family room with my parents and all my siblings. We went nuts and I didn't even know what was going on. Dodger fans are just waiting to feel that feeling again, and we think that Manny will help get us back to the promised land. So make fun all you want. We're just like you. We feel things like hope and sorrow and joy all the same. We want to win (now).