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David Ortiz Says Manny Ramirez is a Crazy Motherfucker

2007/04/24

Not that Indians fans needed further evidence of this.

If you haven’t read this piece in the New Yorker by Ben McGrath, you may be surprised to learn that Manny has named his two sons Manny Jr. and… Manny Jr.

McGrath also mentions Manny’s bizarre barbecue grill auction on eBay and photos of him partying with college girls. This reminds me of a story that a friend from Boston told me of the girl that Manny picked up in a local bar. When they got back to his place, which according to McGrath is a suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Manny asked her to do some ironing for him.

My lasting memory of Manny will always be the homer he hit in his last game as an Indian. I was in attendance, and as Manny strode to the plate for what we realized would be his last at bat, the crowd rose in a spontaneous ovation. Maybe we thought we could persuade him to stay, but like so many Cleveland icons he would ultimately disappoint us.

Not on this day, however. Manny responded by driving a pitch from John Frascatore into the Davey Tree Pavilion beyond the centerfield fence. The moment still gives me chills.

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