During today’s New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game came the extremely surprising news that Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Manny Ramirez was retiring. Then Joel Sherman of the New York Post broke the story that Manny had failed a drug test and would have to sit out a 100 game suspension. Rather than pay the piper, Manny decided to retire. It was the second time that Manny failed a drug test.
But while Manny was in Boston with the Red Sox, there was never a dull moment. There were classic “Manny being Manny” moments from him walking in and out of the Fenway Park left field wall in between innings or him jumping to cut off a Johnny Damon throw.
But my favorite moment is this very famous scene from May of 2007 when the Red Sox were playing the Minnesota Twins in the Metrodome. Manny tries to calm down a very angry Julian Tavarez by stroking his hair. It’s just so funny. And it makes NESN announcers Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy break out in hysterical laughter. I had to save this before the MLB trolls took it off YouTube. I am embedding this into my blog so you have it forever. Enjoy.
More coming up later.