Now, I generally like Jeff Passan, and I'm not necessarily a Manny fan, but c'mon. Do I think he behavior was bad/unprofessional? Sure. Are there players out there who would take Manny to the woodshed over this? You bet. But let's not forget: Kevin Mitchell was half way to SD when he was told he'd be hitting for Aguilera in the '86 WS. That's generally seen as charming and part of the "character" of the '86 Mets.
What I really take umbrage with is the fact that Passan brings up Manny's suspension. Without a hint of irony. At the same moment that another PROVEN ROIDER is tearing it up over in the ALCS. So what, exactly, are we to make of Manny's steroid use, given that he's largely been absent against the Phillies? Given the lack of outrage over A-Rod, steroids, and on-field performance, I can only assume Passan feels it's unprofessional that a) Manny got caught and b) he didn't do it in sufficient amounts to be a postseason god.