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Wed, 06/16/2010 - 12:51am  

Ortiz says Manny and he not that close

With Manny Ramirez making his return to Fenway Park Friday when the Dodgers roll into town, many are wondering how both the fans and his former teammates will treat him. David Ortiz, perceived to be one of Ramirez' closest friends in the world, has set the record straight that though the teammates enjoyed each other while both members of the Red Sox, the two have barely had any communication since July 31, 2008. 

 

"Since Manny was traded, to tell you the truth, if I had talked to Manny four times, that’s a lot," Ortiz explained. "That’s him, though. I’ll bet that when he sees me he’s going to be jumping all over me, this and that, and wanting to do things, but that’s him, though, and I understand that. People believe that me and Manny were really together. It was so hard for me to reach out to Manny when we were playing together. Manny would call you and tell you, 'I’ll meet you in a little bit to go eat at 12.' You would be there until 2 and Manny wouldn’t show up. That’s him, that’s the way he is."

 

Ortiz added that though he misses his friend, the two were not as inseparable as they often appeared in the dugout. 

 

"Well, things got to the point where I was like Manny’s translator," Ortiz lamented. "I’m another human being right here and I have to do things on my own. I love Manny, he’s a great guy and a great player, but after the game was over, Manny’s life was different. Half an hour after the game was over, I didn’t know about Manny until 2:30 the next day. Me and Manny weren’t all over the place.  Manny had his own personal life after the game was over.

 

Click here for the rest of Rob Bradford's story on the somewhat misinterpreted relationship. 




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