The 42-year-old, Triple-A, player/coach version of Manny Ramirez, that is. But the home-run swing and trot around the bases are unmistakable. Ramirez, signed last month by the Chicago Cubs to a minor-league deal, was playing his second game for the Iowa Cubs on Monday night.
His job there is specifically to help the Cubs' young slugging prospects — Kris Bryant and Javier Baez — while getting to play as close to the major leagues as he probably ever will again. But let's be real. We all want to see if Manny can still hit homers. And he can.
He blasted a two-run shot to right field in the seventh inning, bringing home Bryant. Manny was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game with the Cubs, but he had two hits Monday night. (Bryant actually one-upped his new mentor, smashing a grand slam, his sixth homer in 12 Triple-A games).
On the occasion of Manny's first homer of 2014, a tame highlight, we fondly remember his stint in Taiwan where his homers were met with this sort of crazy reaction.
You think the Iowa Cubs can hire the Taiwanese announcers for the rest of the season? Pretty please.
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