Monday, February 26, 2007

Manny Arrives In Camp Earlier Then Expected


Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez beat his own timetable to camp when he arrived in the clubhouse at 8:54 a.m. ET on Monday, three days before he had told the club he'd be there.
Ramirez had been given permission from the club to report on March 1 because of an illness to his mother. The rest of the position players reported on Feb. 20.

The slugger quietly walked into a clubhouse and politely asked reporters to "please move, I need some space."

Wearing braids with red highlights and appearing toned and in shape, Ramirez came in wearing white sweat pants and a black T-shirt. He was greeted by several teammates, including David Ortiz, Alberto Castillo and Doug Mirabelli."

Ramirez is beginning his seventh season with the Red Sox. He has two years remaining on an eight-year, $160 million contract. Ramirez was involved in trade rumors over the winter -- yet again -- but as is seemingly the case every year, the Red Sox couldn't find a deal that would make them better.

Ramirez did the right thing by deciding to come to camp. It seemed shady he was at the car show while his mom was supposedly so ill. Maybe the talk of trades being re-opened made him re-consider. Anyway, it was a good move coming to camp.

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