So, Manny Ramirez hit another home run for the EDA Rhinos over in Taiwan.
But that's not the story. The story is the call that accompanied it.
The video of Manny's latest long ball, his eighth of the season, comes to us straight from Taiwan by way of MannyDoesTaiwan.com and Yahoo! Sports. You're going to want to watch it and pay close attention to the announcer the moment Manny starts rounding first base.
You'll notice that the announcer starts speaking in English, and what he says should put you in stitches provided that, you know, you have a pulse.
The transcription: "This ball is long gone, just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return. Home run!"
In the immortal words of Peppers from Old School: "Yes! That's awesome!"
Meanwhile, here we are in a country where all announcers can conjure for home runs are phrases like "Outta here!" and "You can put it on the board!" There's nothing even the least bit fun about the usual home run calls, as they've long become trademarked and are just part of the general protocol whenever a home run is hit.
But "gone just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return?" It's new, it's terrific and it was provided by a guy (some would call him a hero) who only speaks English as a second language. Hats way the heck off.
And of course, it was all too perfect that this call accompanied a Manny home run.
Manny Being Manny means being generally goofy at all times, and the various highlights of the former MLB great that have made their way to the states have tended to be goofy in their own right. First we had the awesome highlight of his first home run, then we had the highlight of his equal parts hilarious and deplorable non-slide into second base.
Now we have this call, which henceforth ought to ensure long-lasting mental connections between Manny Ramirez homers and ex-girlfriends.
Behold the power of baseball. On occasion, it can be weird like that.
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