"Just let Manny be Manny" has to be the perfect way to sum up what it was like to have Manny Ramirez on your team.
From cutting off Johnny Damon's throw to third to emerging from an adventure inside the Green Monster as a pitch was being thrown, Ramirez had plenty of moments that made you want to pull your hair out. But the way he made up for it was at the plate, where his beautiful swing and knack for dominating pitchers made him an all-time great.
After spending the first eight years of his career in Cleveland, Ramirez was a Red Sox during his prime, which lasted over seven seasons. He was then traded to the Dodgers, where he played for just about two seasons before he was picked up off waivers by the White Sox, led by charismatic manager Ozzie Guillen.
On Saturday, Guillen shared a great story about his former player that definitely fits Manny's brand.
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Good news: Ozzie Guillen told a hilarious story about Manny Ramirez from the 2010 season. pic.twitter.com/Ic517OfsLA
Despite getting eliminated from the pennant race just a few days before the 2010 season ended, Guillen told his players that he expected them to play the same way they did during the race to the playoffs to close out the year.
"If you won't play that way, just let me know," Guillen said. " I don't want you in the lineup, I don't want problems.
"I finished the meeting, I come back and Manny Ramirez is behind me and says, 'I'm done. I'm not playing anymore. You told me I have to play hard. I can't. I'm done.'"
Ramirez signed with the Rays that winter and ultimately retired in April of 2011 after five games. He finished his career with a .312 batting average, 555 home runs, 1,831 RBI and a seemingly endless amount of inexplicable moments that could only be explained by, "That's just Manny being Manny."
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Ozzie Guillen shares hilarious Manny Ramirez story originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston