I've heard some ridiculous things over the course of my life, but I think this one may put everything else to shame.
Manny Ramirez wants to win a Gold Glove.
Yes, the same Manny Ramirez who makes every ball hit into left field an adventure, has that as a serious goal.
“I think I’m the best ever to play left field in Boston,” Manny said.Before you laugh, here's his reason for that. He says that no other Red Sox has defended left field like him because of his familiarity with the intricacies of playing so many games in front of The Wall.
Of course, that may be true on some level, since Manny has been patrolling left field for so many years in Boston, but he apparently forgot that one of the key ingredients to winning the Gold Glove is to also play good defense on the road.
Plus, I'm not even sure what he's talking about here. It's Manny describing how the Red Sox didn't want him playing too shallow in left field at Fenway.
“They told me to play back,” Ramirez said. “I figured when I play in Boston anything that was hit over my head was a hit, so I catch everything that might be base hits. But if they want me to play back, I’ll play back.”Uh, exactly.
Anyway, I've always loved Manny, but I hope he's joking. After all, I once compared his fielding skills to Glenallen Hill. And NO ONE in their right mind ever wants to be compared to Glenallen Hill.
And just so you know, Manny's always prepared out in left field, as evidenced by this video.