Happy Manny: No more suffering

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 I’m here and I’m 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.

“I don’t think so,” Manny replied. “I’m 37 years old. I got two more years. What happened in Boston, that’s in the past. I think it didn’t hurt me. It was a bad economy. I got a great contract. And, hey, I made my money already. I’m in a happy place, where I wanted to be, so . . . I don’t think . . . actually, I won. I won getting out of there [Boston] because I’m in a great place. I’m in a place that I want to play. I’m in a place that I’m gonna be happy.

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“My teammates, they love me. The fans love me, the way I play. Hey, sometimes it’s better off to have a two-year deal in a place that you’re gonna be happy, than have an eight-year deal in a place that you’re gonna, you know, suffer.”

  • Read more on Manny’s news conference here.
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  • The Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy weighed in on Manny as well.