Boston Red Sox legend Manny Ramirez threw out the first pitch on Monday night at Fenway Park. On the receiving end? His longtime teammate, David Ortiz.
Ortiz was a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Ramirez has a much tougher battle to Cooperstown, as he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
However, Manny will always be remembered as a member of the 2004 World Series champion Red Sox, who helped break the Curse of the Bambino. When you break an 86-year-old curse, you’re always teammates.
While Ramirez and Ortiz aren’t seen together too often, the pair were inducted into the team Hall of Fame in a pandemic-delayed ceremony.
The former teammates joined the booth once the game began, and even FaceTimed former teammate Kevin Millar.
This isn’t the first time Manny and Papi have seen each other lately. On Father’s Day, the power duo spent their time watching their sons playing for the Brockton Rox, a collegiate summer league team in Massachusetts.
Red Sox royalty was in the house on Monday night
The current iteration of the Red Sox is fighting for a playoff spot after a tough start to the season.
Ortiz remains a central figure in Boston, as he comments on the status of the current Sox, and often makes his opinion known. Ramirez, meanwhile, is a little quieter than his former teammate. Manny’s made several attempts to come back to professional baseball, albeit not MLB. At 50 years old, those days are long behind him.
Despite the questionable validity of their records, the pair have over 1,000 home runs between them — many of which came at Fenway. So, it should come as no surprise that they were welcomed back with open arms.