We Remember: 10th Anniversary of Manny Ramirez Cutting Off Johnny Damon's Throw

We Remember: 10th Anniversary of Manny Ramirez Cutting Off Johnny Damon's Throw
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Ten years ago today, Manny Ramirez made sure that the phrase "Manny being Manny" would never be forgotten.

On July 21, 2004, the Baltimore Orioles' David Newhan hit a ball to deep center. Boston Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon was unable to catch the ball and ended up having to chase it down after it bounced away from him. Once he picked the ball up, he threw it toward the infield.

The ball never made it there.

For some reason, Ramirez dove to cut the ball off. That allowed Newhan to keep on cruising around the bases for a two-run, inside-the-park home run.

That's just Manny being Manny.

Baltimore wound up winning the game 10-5, but everyone will remember that as the day Ramirez turned into a cutoff man.

At the time of the play, Red Sox fans must have felt like the Curse of the Bambino struck again. However, that season, Ramirez and Damon helped Boston break the curse and lead Boston to its first World Series title since 1918. That play just happens to be one of the most memorable moments from the season and served as a reminder that the team was unpredictable.

This play was so memorable that it was even brought up during Ramirez and Damon's introductory press conference with the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2011: 

You might recall that Damon was able to return the favor when the 2004 Red Sox team was honored at Fenway Park earlier this year:

Ramirez had plenty of "Manny being Manny" moments in his career, but this is easily the most memorable one.

[MLB.com, h/t CBS Sports]

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