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The Outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning zaidi to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at that -
We'd put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat.

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a lulu and the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim...
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posted by woohoomlb
On Friday April eighth, Manny Ramirez retired as a Tampa bay Ray. As a ray Ramirez collected one hit, going 1-17 as the Ray's Designated Hitter. Ramirez is reportedly retiring due to an issue he had with the league's drug treatment program. The NY Times reported that he had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during Spring Training. In 2009, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez was suspended 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs banned kwa major league baseball.

The Rays selected the contract of Casey Kotchman to fill Ramirez's roster spot.

Ramirez was a nine-time silver slugger with 12 all-star appearances, over 500 homeruns, 21 career grand slams, and 28 career post-season homeruns, the most kwa any player in MLB history.