Manny Being Manny

Manny Ramirez.

Everybody in Boston knows who this guy is. They also know how much of a doofus he is, too. But, man, could he hit.

I was tasked with covering the former Red Sox great’s first trip back to Fenway since the Sox traded him to the Dodgers back in 2008. It was no big surprise why they did it — he was generally regarded as a clubhouse cancer toward the end of his time in Boston — so it was going to be interesting to see what the crowd reaction would be when he returned. Though it probably didn’t help things that he made some disparaging comments around Boston on his way out…

Here’s my Manny photo gallery, because let’s face it, it’s not like anything really matters when the prodigal force behind two World Series championships comes back to town.

6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Former teammates David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez joke around during batting practice at Fenway Park on June 18, 2010. It was Ramirez' first game back since being traded by the Red Sox in 2008.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Former Red Sox star and current Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez hugs his friend, coaching assistant Ino Guerrero, during batting practice at Fenway Park on June 18, 2010. It was Ramirez' first game back since being traded by the Red Sox in 2008.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez yells to his former teammates in right field before his first game at Fenway since being traded to the Dodgers in 2008 on June 18, 2010.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Dodgers designated hitter Manny Ramirez shrugs his shoulders while watching a highlight reel of his accomplishments in Boston during his first at-bat at Fenway since being traded in 2008, on June 18, 2010. He was booed loudly by the Fenway crowd.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Fans show mixed reactions after Manny Ramirez lined out in the second inning in his first at-bat at Fenway since being traded in 2008, on June 18, 2010.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — Dodgers manager Joe Torre and designated hitter Manny Ramirez watch the action against the Red Sox from the dugout on June 18, 2010.


6.18.2010 — BOSTON — The Fenway crowd cheers after Dodgers designated hitter Manny Ramirez struck out to end the game on June 18, 2010.

Here’s how the Herald played the Manny coverage:

6.19.2010 — Boston Herald sports cover

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