May 28, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox former player Manny Ramirez enters the field from the green monster before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Infamous Manny Ramirez cutoff play turns 10 years old

Manny Ramirez gave us some wonderful moments in his MLB career. He was one of the best right-handed hitters in the history of baseball and he was one of the most hilarious fielders to watch. He could go 3-for-4 for a home run and two RBIs and commit two errors in the same game, and fans would clamor for more. Today marks the tenth anniversary of one of the best ‘Manny being Manny’ moments in the retired outfielder’s career.

You may remember the 2004 Boston Red Sox season as being the year when the team came back from a 3-0 ALCS deficit to defeat rival New York and move on to win their first World Series since 1918. Before all that, during the preceding regular season, Ramirez doled out this gem that can’t be seen enough.

That dive is the absolute best. You’ve never seen Manny go so all-out just to make an ill-advised relay. In fairness, he probably just wanted to spare Johnny Damon the sight of his own throw bouncing eight times before it reached third base. No matter what Ramirez’s intentions were, the pure aesthetics of the play will live on not just in Red Sox lore, but in the minds of all baseball fans who were privileged enough to witness Manny be Manny for more than a decade.

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