When the Chicago Cubs signed Manny Ramirez as a player/coach for their Triple-A team, you had to know some of the usual Manny theatrics were going to happen.
The Cubs made it clear that Ramirez is not auditioning for a big-league job and that his primary focus is helping their young players, but come on, you know Manny can't walk on a baseball field without making things interesting. Well, he didn't waste any time.
Ramirez saw his first action for the Cubs on Wednesday, in Arizona for extended spring training. And, of course, he belted a 450-foot homer that was punctuated with a big bat flip. There's no video at the moment — and there might not ever be — so these still photos are going to have suffice. Let your imagination fill in the gaps.
Keep in mind that Manny is 42 years old and there's a good chance he was playing with other Cubs young enough to be his children. Old Man Manny can still hit a baseball.
If nothing else, it's good to see Manny's been working on his bat flips in his downtime.
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