Manny was the favorite player of the Dominican Baseball Guy first off because he could mash. No one hits .312 lifetime with 555 home runs and 1831 RBI. And he was not even a power hitter. Ramirez generated all those home runs and RBI by hitting line drives, and thats what made him so exciting. When he did hit a home run, they were just laser shots.
Of course he was also infamous for his on field antics, such as when he used to hang out in the Green Monster when he was in left field for the Red Sox. The Dominican Baseball Guy was never more excited to see a game than when Ramirez was playing. He played with a freeness that is unseen in professional sports, and the Dominican Baseball Guy thinks it is a shame that he got ridiculed for simply playing on instinct and having fun. See some of these videos on a recent Dominican Baseball Guy post.
Manny you will be missed, hopefully you can get together with the Dominican Baseball Guy and do an interview at some point. He ends up as the all time Dominican leader in RBI and second in hits and home runs. Manny is from Santo Domingo, DR, but grew up in New York City.
See the full article at the Dominican Baseball Examiner
|Manny Ramirez, by shgmom56 on Flickr|