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Lights, camera, Manny: Ramirez declares it's 'Showtime' again

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Looking at life through Dodger Blue-colored sunglasses, Manny Ramirez(notes) told the world he was back.

He said he was sorry — to fans, to teammates who went 29-21 without him and to team ownership — for "not being there" during a 50-game suspension because of drugs, a holiday that ends tonight.

Manny wouldn't answer questions about steroids — for example, what he took and for how long — or about the DEA investigating him.

"I don't want to talk about my criminal record," he joked nervously.

So, medical and criminal records are off-limits. Any questions on those, ask his agent, Scott Boras. He won't really tell you anything, either, but go ahead and ask him.

Yahoo! Sports' own Steve Henson reports from PETCO Park in San Diego and has more details about Manny's press conference and his first ballgame in two months.

Ramirez seems under the impression he's back and that's all that matters. Given the ceremonial atmosphere surrounding his return — Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times has likened it to a soldier "returning from Iraq" — can anyone argue otherwise?

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