May 8, 2009
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LeBovidge resignation
"LeBovidge would have been out of here sooner, but his FastLane pass was out of funds and only one booth was open when he decided to get [out]."

"We liked the guy. He was candid, honest and committed to managing the Turnpike better. He made a mistake in overruling his senior staff and not allowing replacement toll collectors to be called in on overtime pay ($45/hour) at Easter, and he acknowledged that.

"But almost alone LeBovidge took the Turnpike's financial situation seriously, while everyone else in government in Massachusetts treats it as an opportunity to temporize, debate, beg, and blame others."

This is the same guy who shut off the purple lights on the Zakim Bridge and who cut the number of toll collectors working on Easter Sunday as a way to get people to buy Fast Lane transponders. Good riddance to yet another failed hack. Now if only Transportation Secretary James Aloisi would follow."

"LeBovidge was carried over by Patrick from the Romney administration (where he was head of the Department of Revenue - apparently he [enjoys] being personally unpopular?), specifically to reform the Pike and cut costs. Apparently he gave his salary to charity, something I did not know before [Wednesday] and a fact that cannot fail to trigger some reevaluation of his motives. I do not know if his resignation will make any difference at the Pike."

"The obvious first question here is a simple one: Does Manny Ramirez have the prescription slip?

"If his story is true, that his positive drug test, the one that apparently will cost him 50 games, was the result of a prescription he received from a licensed physician, at least we'll have something to pursue. In fact, we'll have a lot to pursue.

"On the other hand, if Ramirez's story doesn't jibe with the knowable facts, then hell will rain down upon him as it has with Alex Rodriguez. We are a vengeful sporting society when lied to, so Ramirez's only P.R. hope, 50 games or no, is to be as forthright as possible the first time out."

"This is still less games than he takes off in a normal year."

"[This] is quite a blow to Manny, the Dodgers, and baseball.

"Manny had become beloved in L.A., where he had helped erase some of the bad publicity he created for himself by sulking his way out of Boston last summer.

"Ramirez's entire career - 17th all-time in homers and 19th in RBI -- is now tainted. 'Manny being Manny' won't cut it anymore. He's no longer quirky; now he's just another user (although if it wasn't a steroid, that probably lessens the offense to some) . . . Most of all, this reinforces the notion that anyone who performed at a high level in the past 15 years was getting help."

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