Manny holds court

MannyCLEVELAND – Mike Lowell summed it up on Tuesday night. Boston’s third baseman was asked about the three straight home runs the Sox belted in the sixth inning, and a smirk crept across Lowell’s face.

"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."

TecmosuperbowlNo, it’s not the end of the world — that’s for sure.

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.

8 Comments

Jordan-great post.

Thank you for the “Manny moment”. The time, he went through the door in the green monster to relieve himself and come back onto the field was probably the most hilarious move I’ve seen.

I’ll tell you what though, if it’s the bottom of the 9th , runner on 3rd and you want him driven in-Manny is the best and maybe the best there’s ever been. He is a very special talent.

As A Red Sox fan I don’t particualry care for his antics, last night comes to mind. Sox were down by 4, if it tied the game or put Boston ahead, perhaps a different story. He reminds me of a kid when he does things like that. Getting caught up in the moment. Opposing players don’t seem to mind because he is a really likeable guy. He doesn’t want to show anyone up, it is “Manny Being Manny” and I guess we wouldn’t want it any other way. I wish more players had fun playing the game like he does.

I like the guy; and I like the antics-it brings color to the game. I’ll tell you, when I saw him go through the green monster door, come back out and the look on his face, I think I chuckled for hours. There should be more Manny’s.

It is nice to see him talking to the reporters,though, so we can share some of his insight and thoughts.

Jordan ,
Great post. Its nice to see the fun side of players. It probably releases the tension for him and I am sure puts it all in perspective for other players. Baseball is entertainment, Manny wants to give you your moneys worth

I Too like the antics of Manny,surely beats the gamesmanship of that clown A-Rod, amazing that 25 mil is not enuff for the clown,Wants a WS ring but money First!!!

I Too like the antics of Manny,surely beats the gamesmanship of that clown A-Rod, amazing that 25 mil is not enuff for the clown,Wants a WS ring but money First!!!

I like antics as much as the next guy, but not as much as I like Tecmobowl and definitely not as much as I like Blades of Steel. I can still hear the repetitive roar of the crowd: RAH. RAH. RAH.

A thing of beauty.

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