MANNY RAMIREZ (RED SOX, 2002–2008) He micturated, mid-inning, inside the Green Monster. He lost a $15,000 diamond earring while sliding into third base during a PawSox rehab assignment. (It was never found.) He tried to sell his neighbor's $4000 grill on eBay. He lovingly stroked the head of Julian Tavarez — someone who, come to think of it, probably should've been on this list — as if he were a fuzzy pet dog. After making a running catch in left field in Baltimore, he leapt, high-fived a fan in the stands, and still recovered in time for the double play. He tried to attend a car show instead of spring training. He pushed a sixtysomething ex-cop to the ground. He was magical, he was maddening. He was Manny — and no one but.
SEBASTIAN TELFAIR (CELTICS, 2006–2007) "I wanted to let you know that we have removed Sebastian's nameplate from his locker in Waltham," Celts co-owner Wyc Grousbeck wrote to Globe reporters two years ago. "The facts and circumstances of his case have not been determined but he does not have a Celtics locker and we do not anticipate that he will." Those curt words signaled the beginning of the end of the short and stormy Boston career of the promising guard — one where his press coverage was marked as much by his involvement (as victim and perp) with police lineups, stolen $50,000 chains, gunshots, rappers, nightclubs, cell phone records, speeding, and handgun possession, as by any play on the fabled parquet. Telfair was traded to the Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett within months — which led directly to a 17th championship last spring. And now Telfair's cousin, Marbury, has donned Celtic green as he attempts to help win us an 18th. Crazy how these things work.
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