Manny Talks

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.

6 comments… add one
  • The fun never stops with Manny, now he has an Uncle Rico!
    “Manny does stand out in one respect: He is constantly being accompanied by a close relative of his, whom he calls his uncle, named “Rico.” “After we work out here,” Rico said, “Manny trains me back at our place. He’s tough.”
    “How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?… Yeah… Coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would’ve been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.”

    LocklandSF February 1, 2008, 3:31 pm
  • “It will be a sad day whenever Manny leaves Boston for good.”
    Very much so. I just hope it’s due to retirement, not trade or free-agency.

    Chris SF February 1, 2008, 3:34 pm
  • Next year will be a very telling year for a lot of Red Sox (Lugo, Drew, Dice-K), Manny especially. I hope we are lucky enough to get a bash brothers type year from the 3-4 left right combo. You never know.

    Pat (SF) February 1, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • I’m gonna tell you somethin’ right now. While you’re out there playing patty cake with your friend Pedro, your Uncle Rico is makin’ 120 bucks.

    Ric February 1, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • How much you wanna bet Uncle Rico can throw a ball off them mountains?

    Anonymous February 2, 2008, 8:55 am
  • Manny the monster in 2008! He be rebuilt. Bigger, faster, stronger. Bionic. Downright scary. Too scary for the eyes of woman, small children and Yankee fans (yes! redundant!).
    Seriously, the guy is going to dominate this year. Top 3 fantasy pick who will carry Boston all year. Repeat. Book it!

    Dirty Water February 2, 2008, 10:48 am

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