Manny Ramirez lasted only 17 at-bats as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, retiring from Major League Baseball after registering one hit and a failed drug test in five games. But if he'd only stuck around longer it looks like he might've fit in.
Joe Maddon's Rays are famous for their themed road trips, traveling to their next city in some sort of silly garb, and this week the team Ramirez is playing for in Taiwan decided to do the same thing. According to MLB.com's Dakota Gardner, the EDA Rhinos opted to wear Halloween costumes while riding the train along the coast of Taiwan.
And so, buying in completely, Manny was no longer being Manny. Manny was being the Hulk. With sunglasses. And toe shoes.
We can only assume the costume was as well-received as the ex-Red Sox slugger's home runs have been in the Far East. And that this isn't the last time Manny makes news merely by doing something goofy.
UPDATE: For more oft-hilarious tales of Manny's time in Taiwan, follow Brandon DuBreuil on Twitter, and check out his site dedicated to the subject, mannydoestaiwan.com. He reports the costumed ride was specifically mean for the rookies, and seeing that the soon-to-be-41-year-old Ramirez is technically one of those, he hopped on board. The site is full of good stuff, and definitely one to check back on as the CPBL season continues.
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