He was was one of the greatest sluggers of the past 20 years, and Manny Ramirez is coming back to the Oakland Athletics on his 40th birthday, May 30.
He was "Manny being Manny" in Boston, "Mannywood" in Los Angeles, and now Oakland will get its own handle.
"Now they call me 'Manny Angelico,'" Ramirez told MLB.com.
Thanks to a couple of insanely large contracts, Manny has earned over $206 million during his career, second only to Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter in baseball history, so why is he bothering to comeback?
Juliana Ramirez, his wife, is one of his biggest reasons for coming back. In addition, Manny took a page out of Tim Tebow's handbook to say he's changed.
"It's hard to be a Christian because when God comes inside your heart, you don't do things that you used to," he said. "Nobody can walk the perfect path because nobody's perfect."
Manny will forever be known for his role in helping the Red Sox end the Curse of the Bambino. The dreadlocked slugger brought World Series titles to Fenway Park in 2004 and again in 2007. But he'll also always be tainted as a cheater, not that he's too concerned about how he'll be remembered.
"I don't worry about my legacy. I just worry about moving in the right path," Manny disclosed to MLB.com. "I'm excited to come back and do what I love most...This is the game I've been playing since I was just a little kid, and I thank God that I have another opportunity."
Likewise, Ramirez doesn't seem worried when asked about his chances of reaching Cooperstown.
"I know a lot of people talk about the Hall of Fame, blah, blah, blah," he said. "But you know something? The Bible says that it's better to be in the Book of Life. And that's where I want to be. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it's not a big deal."
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