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June 12, 2007
Thanks to AOL's FanHouse blog for pointing this out: Here's where you can view the vital stats on the 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible that Manny Ramirez is trying to sell for $139,000 on Hemmings online auto marketplace. This is apparently the same car that was behind the fiasco surrounding Ramirez's planned appearance in February at an Atlantic City, N.J., classic cars show. Ramirez bought the car for 10 grand, then took it to a hot-rod specialist he had seen on the Discovery Channel, according to Ben McGrath's New Yorker piece, "Waiting for Manny." At that time, Ramirez said the car was a gift for his father. Today, the vehicle is listed as having 79 miles on it after a "total rebuild."
In other amusing news, the Chicago Tribune's Mike Downey lists Ramirez as one of the players Cubs catcher Michael Barrett is most likely to punch next. Seems like a stretch, though, since the Red Sox and the Cubs would both have to make the World Series.
Former Cleveland Indians teammate Omar Vizquel says that talking to Ramirez was "like talking to a 12-year-old boy." (This is below the item about Anna Kournikova.)
I didn't know until now that Ramirez was among the major leaguers who make regular donations to Barry Zito's charity for wounded U.S. servicemen and women. He joins several other position players -- Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, Chipper Jones, Jermaine Dye, Eric Chavez, Mark Ellis, Mark Kotsay, Eric Byrnes, Jason Kendall and Orlando Hudson -- who pledge money based on their numbers of hits, home runs and RBI. Curt Schilling (as well as Warwick native Dan Wheeler) is among 20 big league pitchers who contribute money based on number of strikeouts.
Posted by Mike McDermott at 2:28 PM to Projo Mannybeingmanny