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July 5, 2007
The man is just a character.
With the bases loaded (again) and Manny on third, Jason Varitek was at the plate. After fouling off five of the first seven pitches he saw, Varitek had a chopper in front of the mound.
Jon Switzer, Tampa Bay's third pitcher and making his first appearance of the season, could not field the ball, which was to his right (glove hand). Switzer did pick up the ball and looked at Manny, who was several steps off the bag.
Switzer held the ball, and Manny did a tap dance/hop type of thing on the base line back to third.
When he got on base in the first, Manny was doing high-knee lifts at first and again at second, frantically running in place for a couple of seconds each time.
And he playfully wrapped his arms around both David Ortiz and Mike Lowell near home plate after Lowell's three-run homer; Ortiz was already giving Lowell his customary hug.
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