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Manny's Missing Mouthguard

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What happened to Manny's mouthguard? AP File Photo

Post by Zack Jerome/Special to LAist

Last night after the game, I was listening to Dodger Talk with co-hosts Ken Levine and Josh Suchon. I was trying to get any added insight to the retaliation pitch Dodger reliever Guillermo Mota bounced off of Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder’s sizable gut. During the broadcast, a caller shifted gears and asked the hosts, “Why doesn’t Manny wear his custom mouthguard anymore?” I knew the answer and decided I’d call in.

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Manny was wearing something called the Pure Power Mouthguard. This product was developed by Dr. Anil Makkar and supposedly can, “naturally align the athlete’s jaw, enhancing strength, balance, endurance and oxygen flow during training and competition, allowing them to maximize their performance,” according to the website. Right on.

Whether you believe it or not, Manny was not alone in using this product. The site lists Terrell Owens and Michael Redd as other supporters. How much do these badboys cost? Although the site just lists a phone number, a little searching on the web showed the ballpark figure to get a PPM is around $1600. I guess Manny can afford it.