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“On Wednesday, Ramirez apologized to his manager and teammates and was reinserted into the starting lineup. "I'm sorry that all this got so ugly. My intent was not to cause a distraction," Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com in a phone interview from St. Louis on Wednesday. "I'm sorry that things got this heated. The team, the fans, don't deserve it. "We are all professionals here and we're pulling for the same side. I'll try to close this chapter and focus on playing baseball," Ramirez added. According to the Post, Dawson also pointed out to Ramirez that the Marlins had invested a large chunk of money in him -- specifically, a six-year contract extension worth $70 million, signed in 2008. " 'You better try and gravitate to why you think they invested this money in you,' " Dawson said to Ramirez, according to the Post. " 'Don't think that you're ever bigger than the game. I don't care how much money you make because this game will humble you and it will humble you fast.' " The Marlins welcomed Ramirez back, then beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 as Ramirez went 3-for-5 and drove in a run. "He told us he was sorry and he was wrong ... and he wouldn't let it happen again," teammate Wes Helms said Wednesday. "We just wanted him to do it, and he did it. So now it's done with." "I think we're all parents here," Gonzalez said Wednesday. "Sometimes our children will say something that hurts, but it's no big deal, we still love them. "After this is all said and done, 10-15 years down the road we'll sit down and say: 'What a privilege to get a chance to manage this type of ballplayer.' " Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
You've got to start thinking about setting an example and having your teammates respect you in the manner that they should. That act that you put on, that's poor. That's not going to cut it.” -- Hall of Famer Andre Dawson,
to Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez