By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Nothing personal against this guy, but this is the kind of moment he should never live down with his friends. Don’t ever let him forget the time Manny Ramirez walked right up to him to spark a conversation … and he just didn’t recognize him.
In Australia, where the 48-year-old played and coached last season for the Sydney Blue Sox, Ramirez walked up to the man wearing a Red Sox hat and asked him who his favorite player was. The man acted a bit standoffish and replied that his girlfriend is his favorite player. The full video is above via TMZ (original video via Rachel Balkovec, Yankees hitting coach who also works for the Bluesox, on TikTok).
So obviously he thought Manny was being a creep, when in reality he was trying to have a nice moment with a Red Sox fan. Can’t blame him for getting defensive when in his mind it’s just a random dude walking up to him. His real crime is that he didn’t recognize Manny in the first place.
Manny is right in the wheelhouse of older Millennials who grew up rooting for Boston teams. So this guy must be much younger than that. How do you not recognize Manny Ramirez if you watched the Red Sox at any point from 2001 to 2008? Or baseball at all, for that matter?
Poor guy. For many Red Sox fans, this would be their best story to tell in their lifetimes. This fan does have a funny story to tell, though. He’s just the punchline.
Our own Toucher and Rich talked about the Manny Ramirez video, as well as Jaroma Iginla being a man on the street on the local news, during “The Stack” on hour 4 of Tuesday’s show. Starts at 28:29.
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