Taiwan Welcomes Manny Ramirez
His introductory press conference with the EDA Rhinos was, well, interesting.
Manny Ramirez has officially signed with the EDA Rhinos of Taiwanâ€™s professional baseball league, which consists of four teams. The former Red Sox slugger, whoâ€™s 40 years old, will make a paltryâ€”at least by his standardsâ€”$25,000 a month. If you havenâ€™t watched his introductory press conference, you really should. Itâ€™s fantastic.
â€śHi everybody, I love Kaohsiung!â€ť Manny shouts early in the clip, name-checking the city heâ€™ll be playing in this season. Behind the table where he sits, thereâ€™s a billboard-sized video screen featuring a giant photo of his face. His name is up there, too, in yellow and purple letters. At one point, heâ€™s presented with a cuddly stuffed rhino and what looks like a giant novelty VIP card. The massive VIP card features a cartoon rhino with dreadlocks. Just like Manny!
â€śI always wanted to come and play here, and play in Asia,â€ť Ramirez says, presumably lying. â€śFor me, itâ€™s a big opportunity just to come and share my experience with my young teammates and try to make them better.â€ť (That second part may be true.)
Thereâ€™s still something strangely hypnotic about Ramirez, whose last at-bat in the majors was back in 2011. At one point in the video (about 1:10), heâ€™s presented a ceremonial bat, with which he promptly unleashes a few left-handed practice swings. Ramirez, of course, is a righty.
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