Today’s quotes from Manny Ramirez

“Oh yeah you know I’m back, I guess people want me to come back and my main focus is baseball right now and trying to help this team win and let me get this straight, I don’t want no questions about the trade rumors about the winter this and that. You guys want to talk about baseball or whatever, you know I’m open to talk. We could talk all day.”

“I’m here. I don’t live in the past, I live in the present and that’s it. This (is) a new year, I’m here. People want me to come back. People want me here so we’re just gonna move on. I’m just gonna come, do my job, I get paid to play baseball. That’s (why) I’m here. That’s it. What else can I say?”

  • Are you happy to be playing for the Boston Red Sox?

    “I’m here. I’m here.”

  • On what it was like to see his teammates again:
    “Pretty good. They’re excited about me coming back, being the same guy, always being happy, and always having fun.”
  • On his expectations for the season:
    “For this year nothing. I’m just gonna be the same guy. I’m gonna go enjoy myself like I always do and have another great year. I’m in the best shape of my life so what else can I ask?”
  • On whether he is playing in the World Baseball Classic:
    “Nah. I’m not playing. My main focus is getting prepared for the season. That’s my goal right now and that’s what I’m gonna do.”
  • Was it a tough decision not to play in the World Baseball Classic?:
    “Not really because my main focus is getting prepared for the season, to help Boston win.”
  • Do you think playing in the tournament would have held you back?:
    “Nah, I wasn’t thinking about that but I’m not ready, so I’m not gonna go out there and make a fool of myself. Like I said, I want to get ready for the season.”
  • Is there anything different that you feel physically?:
    “My last three years, I had a lot of problems with my hamstrings, now they feel good and I’m great. I’m ready to go.”
  • What do you think of this team?:
    “Like I say, you never know what’s gonna happen in baseball. Any team could go out there and win the World Series but we got a bunch of great guys. We’re gonna miss a lot of the guys from last year but that’s part of the game. You come and go. I’m pretty sure it’s hard for you to stay in one place for 18-17 years and it’s hard. People [are] gonna come and go and you gotta understand that’s part of the game.”
  • Was David [Ortiz] smiling bigger than anybody in the clubhouse?:
    “Yeah David’s fun all the time, you know that’s my boy, Julian [Tavarez], all those guys man.”
  • Is it weird not having Kevin Millar around here?:
    “It is weird but you know that’s part of life. This is a job and I guess when you don’t perform right and you don’t the things they want you to do, you gotta move on. He should be here, he’s a great guy to have in the clubhouse but I guess he’s in another place and we’re gonna wish him luck and we hope he stays healthy out there and have another great year.”
  • What makes you happy to be back?:
    “The guys. David, Julian, all those guys that I’ve know them for a long time. They always got my back. They know what kind of person I am. It’s fun having those guys around me and when you come for the first time they give a smile and they know that they [are] happy to see me.”
  • You said whether you like it or not, you’ll perform:
    “Hey that’s me. That’s me, you know. Like I said I get paid to play baseball even if I like it or not I still gotta go and perform.”
  • Is there something that you’re not so keen on?:
    “I’m fine, I’m fine. I’m here. I guess a lot of people want me to be back and that’s [why] I’m here.”
  • On Boston:
    “I ain’t got no problem in Boston, I especially like the attention. I know that I’m one of the top guys in this game and all the attention is on me, I got a lot of people on my shoulder but I’m human. I like to go. I like to have fun. I like to do this and that but I gotta represent Boston and the Red Sox in every way that I do outside this game. … Like I said I get paid to play baseball no [matter] where I go to play I still gotta go and perform even if I like it or not.”
  • On the trade rumors and whether he thinks he’ll finish his contract in Boston:
    “I guess if you guys want to talk about that my agent is right there and he’ll be glad to answer that question but I also want to get another thing straight,” he said. “I got a beautiful career going on and I’m not gonna let little things like this mess [up] all the things that I accomplished because I think when I finish my career I’m gonna be a special player and I’m not gonna let nobody stop that and that’s me. I got a goal for myself and I’m now gonna accomplish that.”
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