Manny holds court
"I’ve got to ask him — the hands up, 7-2 — I don’t really understand that one, but that’s him. I just like that he hit the ball hard and over the wall."
Yeah, it didn’t make much sense. Boston was down by five runs and Manny Ramirez launches a solo homer, throws his hands in the air and stands and admires his work. If this is anyone but Ramirez, he’d get a fastball between his numbers the next time up. But he’s got that whole "Manny being Manny" get-out-of-jail free card.
I remember earlier this season when the Blue Jays were in Boston. In the first inning, Ramirez made a sliding catch at Fenway and ended up laying on his back. To the amusement of everyone, he started moving his arms and legs like he was making a snow angel. Again, anyone else, and he might get plunked next time up. But it’s Manny, and after the game the Jays players were cracking up when they replayed the catch on Sportscenter.
Rare are the moments when Ramirez actually speaks to reporters, too. But here today, he plopped in his chair in front of his locker and fielded questions for nearly 15 minutes — first in Spanish and then in English. Naturally, the question finally came up about his antics after hitting the homer. Ramirez just smiled and shook his head.
"Man, I’m just happy to do something special like that," he said. "I’m not trying to show up anybody out there. I’m just trying to go have fun. If somebody strikes me out and shows me up, that’s part of the game. I love it. I like that. I like to compete and when people strike me out or whatever and they show me up, it’s all good. There’s no hard feelings."
Ramirez was also hit with plenty of questions about how being down 3-1 to the Indians right now is similar to being down to the Yankees in 2004, when Boston staged their famous comeback. It’s a must-win on Thursday for the Sox, but Ramirez — staying with his typical laid back manner — didn’t seem express much care either way about Boston’s fate in the next contest.
"If we go play hard and the thing doesn’t come like it’s supposed to come, we’ll move on. We’ll come next year. Why should we panic? We’ve got a great team. If it doesn’t happen, good. We’ll come next year and try to do it again.
"We’re confident every day. It doesn’t matter how things go for you. We’re not going to give up. We’re just going to go and play the game, like I’ve said, and move on. If it doesn’t happen, so who cares? There’s always next year. It’s not like the end of the world or something."
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Man, talk about a flashback. I walked in the visitor’s clubhouse this afternoon and sitting on the couch were Eric Hinske and Dustin Pedroia. There was a crowd of people blocking the TV, but I heard some familiar music and sound effects.
Sure enough, they were playing Tecmobowl on Nintendo! Classic. I was more of a Blades of Steel guy myself back in the day, or Megaman, but Tecmobowl was definitely a staple of my childhood. Well done, BoSox.