Manny Ramirez took a few not-so-thinly-veiled shots at Boston as he met the media today in Arizona, one day after finalizing terms of a two-year contract to remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I was looking for this place for eight years," Ramirez said. "Now Iím here and Iím just gonna go give it all I got."
Ramirez was asked if he thought the perception of what happened last season in Boston hurt him in the free agent market this year.
ďI donít think so," Manny replied. "Iím 37 years old. I got two more years. What happened in Boston, thatís in the past. I think it didnít hurt me. It was a bad economy. I got a great contract. And, hey, I made my money already. Iím in a happy place, where I wanted to be, so . . . I donít think . . . actually, I won. I won getting out of there [Boston] because Iím in a great place. Iím in a place that I want to play. Iím in a place that Iím gonna be happy.
"My teammates, they love me. The fans love me, the way I play. Hey, sometimes itís better off to have a two-year deal in a place that youíre gonna be happy, than have an eight-year deal in a place that youíre gonna, you know, suffer."