The sign above doesn't capture Manny being Manny at all. It's Manny being Johnny!
As Busted Coverage pointed out in its extensive, uh, coverage of the first game Manny Ramirez played in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, nobody like Manny has ever played there before. This is a big deal. And, as they do here for big games, fans made signs for Ramirez's home debut Wednesday for the EDL Rhinos. Some fans got so excited, they mixed up Manny Ramirez with another player.
That's Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds, as CBS Eye on Baseball's Dayn Perry pointed out (in a photo I bet Cueto's mother just absolutely loves). Real Manny is pictured in the inset. Manny only WISHES he had Cueto's hairline. But he is much older. That'll happen. Anyway.
Now, how did Manny do in his debut? He had two hits — both singles — and he struck out looking. That's kind of how his time with the Chicago White Sox was at the end of his Major League Baseball career. Not a lot of power left, seemingly. And not enough of a "Q" rating anymore, apparently, to be recognized by Taiwanese fans.Read More »from Manny Ramirez welcomed to Taiwan with sign featuring Johnny Cueto