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Though his hitting ability is undeniable, Ram?rez has periodically displayed a lack of enthusiasm and/or concentration, with mental lapses in both the outfield or running the bases. These incidents are typically described as "Manny Moments" or "Manny Being Manny." The phrase "Manny Being Manny" has entered the lexicon of Boston sports fans. In fact, the phrase has been acknowledged and given most of its initial promotion by Ram?rez himself. It was coined on July 18, 2005, when Ram?rez disappeared into the "Green Monster" during a visit to the mound by pitching coach Dave Wallace with two outs in the top of the 6th inning. When pitcher Wade Miller was ready to resume pitching, Ram?rez was nowhere to be found. It is suggested he went to use the bathroom, but there are no toilet facilities inside the scoreboard area. Manny has returned to the wall several times since during pitching changes, but has always returned on time. Ram?rez has also been seen playing left field at Fenway with a water bottle in his back pocket and while wearing MP3-playing sunglasses.
A true great. Who needs Ted Williams!