Life Lessons From Manny Ramirez

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Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and Pedro Martinez. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It was good to see Manny Ramirez return to Fenway yesterday, and in a TV interview during the game, he seemed genuinely moved by the warm reception he received from the fans.

Now that his career is over, Manny said, he regrets that when he was playing he “took things for granted.”

Manny may not be famous for profound life insights, but that’s an observation worth thinking about.


Consider the long list of things we routinely take for granted until we no longer have them—youth, good health, love, to name a few.

There’s no way to prove it, but I bet there is more taking things for granted going on these days than ever before. It happens every time I see someone at a playground with a child, at a ballgame, or just sitting on a park bench on a beautiful spring day with their head buried in their phone.

Is there any chance what they’re looking at is more compelling than real life?

And egregious examples of taking things for granted occur every time a driver looks at their phone instead of the road.

The legislature’s Transportation Committee appears to be on the verge of banning cellphone use behind the wheel, a move that is long overdue.

How many crashes, deaths and near-misses have we suffered through because people take their own safety for granted this way?

It's a shame that government has to step in to refocus some of us, or that anyone has to be reminded there’s more to life than your Twitter feed.

Maybe we could all learn something from the older, wiser version of Manny Ramirez.

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