Red Sox legend Manny Ramirez’s son knows how to swing a bat, but that’s not what former Boston teammate Jeff Frye is peeved about.
Boston Red Sox legend Manny Ramirez is raising his son to follow his footsteps, except for the celebration part.
Ramirez’s son, Luca Ramirez, recently made headlines for a show-stopping performance in the 2023 World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) semifinals. On Monday, he hit a walk-off homer to send his team to the championship game, and he celebrated as any testosterone-fueled high school athlete would, complete with flexing, screaming, handshakes, and a choreographed dance surrounded by his teammates.
To former Red Sox slugger Jeff Frye, it was all too much.
Frye never played with Manny Ramirez, as the two ex-Boston players just barely missed each other at Fenway Park. But Frye did play against Ramirez during Frye’s eight-year career in the MLB, and according to Frye, Manny Ramirez never, not once, celebrated as much as his son did.
Frye called out Luca Ramirez on Twitter for his bad sportsmanship and over-the-top celebration:
Ex-Boston Red Sox slugger bashes Manny Ramirez’s son for homer celebration
Manny Ramirez, a member of the elite 500-homer club and a 12-time All-Star, was absolutely beloved by Boston, and anything he or his family does will likely elicit positive reviews from Red Sox fans.
Ramirez played for Boston for nearly a decade, hitting .312 and turning into one of the most lethal bats of his era. Some of his talent may have trickled into his son, whose stance and stroke at the plate differs from his father but who may have the same keen eye for smashing homers.
However, Luca Ramirez clearly got on Jeff Frye’s bad side — Frye still commented that the young Ramirez had a “bright future” ahead of him, but he warned him about acting so “foolishly” on the baseball field again.
The rest of the baseball community didn’t pay so much attention to Luca Ramirez’s celly. One pundit called him the Juan Soto 2.0, which, of course, is ridiculous. He’s only in high school and just committed to Tennessee, Class of 2024. Luca Ramirez could enjoy even more success with the Vols, yet there’s no need to pile expectations on him now. If he’s anything like his father, he’ll be just fine.