Parting is such sweet sorrow, particularly if you’re a Taiwanese baseball fan today. By the end of this week, Manny Ramirez, formerly of the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, will leave the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan.
With Ramirez’s three-month contract up, he is said to be headed home to his family in New York. However, according to the Manny Does Taiwan blog, there are rumors that he will sign with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League.
None of this really matters though because Manny’s time in Taiwan was magical. Even though the fans sometimes confused him with other dreadlocked Dominican baseball players, they were stoked to see him from the moment he set foot on the field. Sure, you probably didn’t know he was playing baseball in Taiwan, but he was raking there. At age 41, Ramirez hit .352 with 8 HR and 43 RBI in 49 games. Wait … do they test for steroids there? Eh, who cares at this point?
Ramirez’s home runs also produced some incredible calls by the Taiwanese announcers. The video below is a personal favorite of mine. Listen closely as Ramirez rounds first base and you can hear the announcer say, “This ball is long gone just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return! Home run!” Classic.
With moments like this, I don’t want Ramirez to ever stop playing baseball in Taiwan. Say it ain’t so, Manny.
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