For 16 seasons, Manny Ramirez was a great hitter for the Indians and Red Sox. He was also known for his bizarre and unpredictable behavior. For example, during a game in Boston, he left the game in the middle of an inning by opening a door in the left field wall. He returned after a short while and later explained that he had to go to the bathroom.
At the end of July, he was traded to the Dodgers. He had expressed displeasure with his contract and the Red Sox had tired of his behavior. For 53 games with the Dodgers, Ramirez was amazing. He batted .396 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs in 2 months.
The Dodgers won the pennant, thanks to Ramirez and quickly signed the 37 year old to a 2 year, $45 million contract. As could have been predicted, the results were never there. In 2009, he was suspended for 50 games for using a banned substance. He only played in 104 games in 2009. In 2010, he was disabled three times. When he returned, he was ejected from a game for arguing the first pitch. The Dodgers released him after playing in only 66 games.
For a sensational two months, Ramirez was able to garner $45 million that was never justified by performance.