(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)
Ramirez Arrives, Sidesteps Questions
Manny Happy Returns?
"I like to do this and that but I gotta represent Boston and the Red Sox in every way that I do outside this game. ... Like I said I get paid to play baseball no [matter] where I go to play I still gotta go and perform even if I like it or not." -- Manny Being Manny
"Oh yeah you know Iím back, I guess people want me to come back and my main focus is baseball right now and trying to help this team win and let me get this straight, I donít want no question about the trade rumors about the winter this and that. You guys want to talk about baseball or whatever, you know Iím open to talk. We could talk all day.
"Iím here. I donít live in the past, I live in the present and thatís it. This [is] a new year, Iím here. People want me to come back. People want me here so weíre just gonna move on. Iím just gonna come, do my job, I get paid to play baseball. Thatís [why] Iím here. Thatís it. What else can I say?"
Are you happy to be playing for the Boston Red Sox?
"Iím here. Iím here."
Are you going to play in the World Baseball Classic?
"Nah. Iím not playing. My main focus is getting prepared for the season. Thatís my goal right now and thatís what Iím gonna do."
-- 3.1.06, Manny Ramirez (Read the complete comments from Manny's media Q&A)
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