CLEVELAND -- Somebody grab some scissors. Manny's willing to chop the dreads. After shooting down the topic in his press conference Tuesday, Manny Ramirez addressed the rampant speculation about his dreadlocks after Wednesday's game, a 6-4 come-from-behind White Sox victory. "It seems like everywhere I go," Ramirez said, "people want to talk about the hair."
The hair has been a hot topic because Manny's flowing dreadlocks go against a team policy implemented by owner Jerry Reinsdorf that White Sox players have short hair. Rather than go against the policy of the team that claimed him on waivers from the Dodgers, Manny sounded willing to cooperate. "Why not?" he said. And Ramirez has, in two days on the job, cooperated with manager Ozzie Guillen's policies that he be on the field on time for stretch and for the national anthem. In fact, all the talk of potential problems with Ramirez puzzled Guillen. The pairing of two of baseball's more quirky men seemed like a recipe for disaster to some, but Guillen shrugged such talk all off. "My name always comes up in some way," Guillen said. "Sometimes it gets old. I don't know why people think I'm a monster or never get along with my players. I think I'm very happy to have him in the lineup. Everybody in the White Sox organization should be happy about it." After weeks of speculation and two days consumed with talk about the waiver-wire acquisition, Ramirez's name was finally in Guillen's lineup Wednesday. He batted fifth and played DH for the series finale with the Indians, going 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch before getting pulled for a pinch-runner in the eighth. Thus far, Ramirez has attracted plenty of attention, but that didn't stop the White Sox from completing a three-game sweep of the Indians to kick off an important road trip. And Guillen doesn't think Ramirez's colorful personality will be a problem. "Whatever he says, whatever he does, people will talk about it," Guillen said. "One thing I know for sure is he doesn't want to be the guy to get attention. He just wants people to worry about the White Sox, not him." But people were inordinately worried about Manny's hair. And it might soon hit the barber shop floor.