The Boston Red Sox honored the 2004 World Series Championship team on Wednesday night. The team that delivered Boston’s first championship since 1918 included some memorable characters. One of the most memorable of those players, and perhaps the most nauseating was Manny Ramirez. Before the pregame ceremony, Manny took the time to apologize for his behavior.
The apology may have come as a surprise, but Ramirez promised the “Manny being Manny” days are over. He said, “I realize that I behaved bad in Boston. The fans were great. I also played great when I was here, but I realized I behaved bad. I apologize for that. I’m a new man.”
The numbers certainly backed up Manny’s statement. During his seven-plus seasons with the team, Ramirez hit .312 with 237 homers and 868 RBIs. That production included an MVP performance in the 2004 World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. But a lot of that production also came with much frustration. Not only did Ramirez get involved in a physical altercation with traveling secretary Jack McCormick, there were many instances when it appeared that Ramirez quit on the team.
Manny’s behavior eventually led to him being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008. Since then, he hasn’t been very successful in the game of baseball. The former Red Sox slugger seems to be on the right path as he was hired as a minor league player-coach with the Chicago Cubs. Ironically, former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is the current President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs. He certainly knows Manny Ramirez and willing to give him the chance.
The honorary tribute was Manny’s first appearance back at Fenway Park since being traded back in 2008. Other members of the 2004 team included Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Orlando Cabrera, Johnny Damon, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Gabe Kapler, Derek Lowe, Trot Nixon and Kevin Millar. Somehow Manny Ramirez managed to steal the show yet again, this time with an actual apology.