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Here’s the context behind Manny Ramirez’s comments about Derek Jeter

"If you haven’t played in Boston or New York, you’re not in the big leagues."

Manny Ramirez
Manny Ramirez at Fenway Park on June 20, 2022. AP Photo/Steven Senne

The Red Sox defeated the Tigers on Money, 5-2. Boston will host Detroit again this evening at 7:10 p.m.

Manny Ramirez’s comments about Derek Jeter: Manny Ramirez was at Fenway Park for Monday’s game to throw out the first pitch and receive his Red Sox Hall of Fame plaque (which was given to him by friend and former teammate David Ortiz).

Ramirez then made the journey to the NESN broadcast booth, where he sat for a period of time alongside Kevin Millar and Dennis Eckersley.

Among the many subjects covered, the group discussed why playing in bigger baseball markets can make a difference in a player’s career. While Eckersley acknowledged that playing in Boston was accompanied by “a lot of pressure,” Ramirez noted that coming to Boston from Cleveland helped propel him to his full potential.

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“You gotta understand this: If you haven’t played in Boston or New York, you’re not in the big leagues,” Ramirez explained.

He then added a line referencing former Yankees shortstop (and Red Sox rival), Derek Jeter.

“It’s like if you put Jeter in Kansas City in those years, he was just a regular player,” said Ramirez.

“You put him on that big stage, you hit .400 in the postseason for many, many years, he’s the greatest in the history,” said Millar.

“He’s the greatest,” Ramirez responded.

“It makes you better,” Ramirez added of playing baseball in Boston. “Because you’ve got to be ready. Because they will let you know. They will let you know when you’re not right. To be honest with you, when I was with Cleveland, I was playing and I was a good player. But when I came to Boston. I got better because the fans, they will let you know that you wasn’t playing right. They push you.”

Of course, Ramirez’s comments that Jeter would’ve been “just a regular player” were shared around Twitter (in some cases without full context). Yet in reality, it was an example of the retired Red Sox slugger paying credit to a former rival.

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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: The teams that they played a majority of their careers for are: Cleveland, St. Louis (Cardinals), Milwaukee/Atlanta, Detroit, and Cincinnati.

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