Manny finally gets one
Really, how long was Manny going to go before he finally put one in the cheap seats? And, in typical Manny fashion he made it memorable. Not only did he go back-to-back with Ortiz, but he clocked it some 398 feet to the opposite field.
Do you realize how few players in baseball can hit a ball 400 feet to the opposite field? This guy is amazing. We should all relish the opportunity we’ve had to watch him hit on a daily basis since the start of the 2001 season.
And it was Ramirez’s 200th homer in a Sox uniform. He became just the fourth player in baseball history to hit 200 homers with two different teams. The others? Jimmie Foxx, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro.
Other interesting tidbits. It is the ninth time Papi and Manny have gone back-to-back. The breakdown, thanks to crack PR man John Blake: Once in 2003; Six times in ’04; Once in ’05; and now once in ’06.
It was also fitting that the blast was struck at Rogers Centre, the building formerly known as SkyDome. Ramirez has now clubbed 22 homers in this park. The only other visiting place he’s hit more homers? Yankee Stadium, with 23.