By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) – Homers or hijinks, Red Sox fans never knew what
they would get from Manny Ramirez. Now it's their turn to surprise
the enigmatic slugger.
Will they think of his leisurely trots down the first-base line
and boo? Or will they recall his drives over the Green Monster and
Ramirez's former Boston teammates don't know how the crowd will
react when he brings his act back to Fenway Park for the first time
since being traded in 2008. He's scheduled to be the designated
hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Friday night's opener of a
In 7½ seasons with the Red Sox, Ramirez batted .312 with 274
homers and 868 RBIs. He was the MVP of the 2004 World Series when
Boston won the title for the first time since 1918. But he also
struggled at times in the field and failed to hustle on the bases.