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Hanley Ramirez’s weekend was one long Gatorade shower

Or was it Powerade?

Hanley Ramirez gets showered with a cooler of sports drink at the end of Thursday's game. John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Hanley Ramirez had himself quite a weekend.

After struggling through 2015 out of position, the Red Sox first baseman really found his form this year—perhaps no more so than in his clutch performance during the team’s four-game sweep of the New York Yankees.

He also found himself drenched in sports drink.

The Red Sox started off the series Thursday with a late-inning four-run comeback against the Yankees. Down by one with two outs in the ninth inning, Ramirez stepped up and finished off a five-run rally (and the game) with a dramatic walk-off three-run home run.

Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez gets ready to be doused by teammates after he hit a three-run walk-off home run against the New York Yankees in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Boston. The Red Sox won 7-5. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Hanley Ramirez gets ready to be doused by teammates after his three-run walk-off home run Thursday against the New York Yankees.


He subsequently received a double-dousing of Powerade and ice water.

Judging by his reaction, it looks like he was less prepared for the second one.

epa05541749 Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez (L) reacts after being doused with ice and water after Ramirez hit a three run walk off home run to beat the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 15 September 2016. EPA/CJ GUNTHER

Hanley homers would become a theme. While he was able to make it through Friday and Saturday’s games unsoaked by any variety of sports drink, it was not out of a lack of hitting.

Ramirez hit another home run, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, in Friday’s 7-4 win against their AL East rivals, (though it was Jackie Bradley Jr. who was showered in Powerade).

Inexplicably, Ramirez did not hit a home run on Saturday. However, he did rack up three hits, including a double. The Red Sox won 6-5 following another late-inning comeback.

Finally, Ramirez saved his best performance for the fourth and last game of the series against the Yankees.

Playing as the designated hitter Sunday night, Ramirez hit a laser two-run home run, his 27th of the season, in the fifth inning to bring the Red Sox within one run, after they had trailed 4-0.

He returned to the plate in the seventh inning with the game now tied and blasted another home run—this time clearing the entire Green Monster.

The Red Sox held on to that lead for a 5-4 win.


As for Hanley, he finished the four-game sweep as he began it Thursday.

Teammates douse Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez after the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 5-4 during a baseball game in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Ramirez’s final stat line for the series was 9-for-16, with four home runs and nine RBIs. Not bad for a long weekend.

Boston, MA - 9/18/2016 - Boston Red Sox Hanley Ramirez gets doused with gatorade after the Red Sox beat the Yankees at the conclusion of the ninth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, September 18, 2016. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: RedSox-Yankees


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