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Manny on his way to LA

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  August 1, 2008 11:12 AM

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Manny Ramirez departed to LA this morning on a private charter with a couple of friends.

According to one of them, who wished not to be identified, Ramirez was excited about heading to LA where the Dodgers will also pay him a $1 million relocation bonus, which was a provision in his contract if he should be traded.

"He loved the fans here," said the friend. "We went out shopping yesterday and the fans all around us were saying, 'We don't want you traded!' He always loved the fans here. His problem was with management. He just wanted to know about his future and where he was going to play."

Ramirez was asleep when the trade went down and didn't know about it for a couple hours later. He is scheduled to play tonight at Dodger Stadium, where the team has scheduled an introductory press conference for 7 p.m. ET -- "on the field behind home plate."

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