Manny Ramirez Loves Cleveland For Sentimental Reasons

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Even though Manny Ramirez had only one suitor all offseason, it didn't matter to him. He wanted to retire a Dodger! Remember, he told us that last year when he went there. You know unless the Yankees wanted him. But otherwise, for sure, he wants to retire a Dodger. Unless he can retire with the Indians. And bring along Jim Thome. Then he'll do that instead.

"I would like to play for Cleveland one more time, to go back where I started," said Ramirez, with the Dodgers playing their home opener Monday against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. "I have so many good memories there, why not?

Ramirez, 37, who spent the first 10 years of his career in the Indians organization, shared his sentiments this spring with Chicago White Sox DH Jim Thome.

"Manny was very sincere when he brought that up to me," Thome said. "Manny was saying how special that would be for us to both go back together. He was very passionate. Baseball's such a weird thing. You never know what's going to happen."

Good quotes, all of them. But nothing beats this final headscratcher.

"I love L.A. I really do. But the way the city responded to me, it reminded me a lot of how it was in Cleveland."

That quote is so crazy I'm not even going to attempt to deconstruct it. Well that, and because I think I know exactly what he's talking about. It may be that in making many of my own personal choices that I am very similar to Manny Ramirez. And I have no idea how that makes me feel.

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It's just and idiot being an idiot.

Sure, everyone feels the urge to flee for the Cleve every once in awhile...

This story is like a bat signal for The Dugout

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