Manny Gets Out of Dodge
American League All-Star Manny Ramirez No. 24 of the Boston Red Sox after striking out during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  According to reports July 31, 2008 the Boston Red Sox have traded Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Say Hello to LA Ram ...
And So Long to the Man
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

BDD Photo Illustration / Joseph Boucher
(BDD Photo Illustration / Joseph Boucher)

It's a Mannywood Ending: Ramirez to Dodgers; Bay Coming to Boston

He's Leaving on a Jet Plane

BDD Photo Illustration / Matt Derba
(BDD Photo Illustration / Matt Derba)

"Given the recent trend of success that we in Red Sox Nation have been blessed with, I hope we do not all forget the journey we have taken to get here, and specifically, the role of Manny Ramirez in that journey.

"He came to us at the last second, when we had missed out on Mussina and needed to make a splash. The kid from Cleveland with the picture perfect swing, who smiled like a Little Leaguer when he played. That was our Manny. We embraced him, we cheered for him, we placed our hopes for the future in his able hands. And he delivered for us, time and time again. In the wake of all that has happened, let us not forget that Manny gave us hope when there little to be had. When a history of near misses and complete failures weighed so heavy on us that we thought we were destined for a lifetime of misery. When the Yankees were an unstoppable force that could not be reckoned with. In the face of all these things, we had Manny. Suddenly, nothing was impossible. We had Manny. There was possibility! Because we had Manny, there was always a chance.

"True, he has not always played the game the right way, and it can be argued that his attitude was sometimes less than helpful to the team chemistry, but through all the drama he never lost that swing. It remained a thing of grace of beauty to be admired and copied by a generation of young fans. And he never lost the enjoyment of the game. While he may have been dissatisfied with the front office or the management, he never stopped loving the game. There were always moments when you could see in Manny the same kid that hauled tires up hills in Washington Heights, building his core strength so he could drive the ball 420ft. to the opposite field.

Manny goes deep to win it with a three-run walkoff
(Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

When he watched his home run off K-Rod in the 2007 postseason, arms raised in triumph, we saw that same Manny that we fell in love with. Now that his time has come to move on, for whatever reason, I hope that we do not lose sight of everything he has done for us, and when we speak of him and his time in Boston, I hope we all realize what we owe to him. For the home runs, the laughs, the championships, the intangible sense of excitement that happened every time he came to bat in the late innings at Fenway; we owe him more than to think back fondly on his time here, we owe him our hearts." -- 7.31.08, Wolfe Coleman, via BDD comments

Don't Toss Those No. 24 Jerseys ...

BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg
(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

Just Put Dewey's Name on the Back.

California Here He Comes!

peace train

The Peace Train Goes West with Young Manny

"My Train Doesn't Stop" -- Manny Ramirez, Oct. 6. 2007

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