Manny Ramirez: 500 Home Runs And a History of "Manny Being Manny"
April 4, 1994: Manny collects his first Major League hit. However, Manny continues to round the bases as if he just got a home run, when in fact he hit a ground rule double. Manny is unaware until the third-base umpire informs him.
Dec. 10, 2001: Manny says he is uncomfortable in the interview room that the Sox players and coaches use. Ownership builds a room just for Manny.
May 18, 2002: During a rehab stint with the PawSox, Manny loses a diamond stud earring while sliding into third base. After the game, thirteen PawSox players search the infield for the diamond. The diamond was never found; it was reportedly worth $15,000.
Aug. 29, 2003: Manny states that he would like to play for the Yankees. He says that he is a long-time Yankee fan and it has been his dream to play for them.
Aug. 30, 2003: After missing several games because of a sickness, Manny is seen in a hotel bar with close friend Enrique Wilson who, at the time, was playing for the Yankees. The Yankees were in town to play the Sox.
Sept. 1, 2003: Manny refuses to pinch-hit in a game against the Phillies. He is then benched the next day.
July 21, 2004: Manny cuts-off a throw from center fielder Johnny Damon. This allowed David Newhan to get an inside-the-park home run.
July 31, 2005: After a month of speculation that Manny would be traded, Manny comes up to pinch-hit in the eighth inning of a tie game against the Twins. He then hits a single up the middle to break the tie and drive in the eventual winning run. After the game, Manny states that he would like to finish his career with the Sox.
Oct. 17, 2007: With the Sox trailing the Indians 3-1 in the ALCS, Manny says that if the Sox get eliminated, "it won't be the end of the world." Many people saw this as Manny not caring about the team.
Oct. 18, 2007: In Game 5 of the ALCS, Manny crushes a pitch to deep center field on what looked like a home run. Manny thought the ball was gone as he stood at the plate admiring the hit, only to see the ball bounce off of the wall. Manny was held to a long single.
Oct. 27, 2007: Manny is known for flipping off his helmet as he rounds the bases. During Game 3 of the World Series, he flipped his helmet off while rounding third base, causing him to stutter-step and lose speed. He is then thrown out at home. Had he not flipped off his helmet, he most likely would have scored, as he was only thrown out by a step.
May 14, 2008: After making a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch, Manny proceeds to scale the wall and high-five a fan. He then turns and throws the ball to Dustin Pedroia, who then doubled-up Aubrey Huff at first base.
After reading all of the instances of "Manny Being Manny," people tend to forget how great of a hitter Manny Ramirez really is. I myself am guilty of overlooking his greatness at the plate because of his antics on and off the field.
This is a man who just joined the 500-Home Run Club and is a future first ballot Hall of Famer. He is the best right-handed hitter in the American League and has been for years.
As fans, we tend to forget that Manny has made 11 All-Star appearances, won two World Series MVP awards, nine Silver Sluggers, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a batting title.
Manny will go down as one of the greatest hitters the game as ever seen. With all that said, I would like to congratulate Manny on his milestone and I look forward to watching him entertain us with his brain-lapses and miscues.
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