Manny Ramirez has been a veritable quote machine since hitting that home run off Flail-Rod. Kudos to Friend of YFSF Rob Bradford, who picked up the exclusive:
Manny Ramirez sat down this morning after going through a two-hour workout at Athletes Performance Institute and confirmed that he will be in Fort Myers for the team’s official reporting date for position players.
“I’ll be there on the 21st,” he said, still soaked with sweat from the just-completed session with teammate Kevin Youkilis and Minnesota second baseman Nick Punto.
“Every year is the same,” Ramirez added when asked if he was excited about heading to spring training. “I look forward to ’08, ’09 and maybe move on.”
“I want to be like Julio Franco and play until I’m 48,” said Ramirez, who is planning on leaving Arizona early next week. “And if you want to do it, this is the right place to come.
“It feels much better when you work with people who know what you’re doing. I love it. I’m going to come here every year.”
It will be a sad day whenever Manny leaves Boston for good.