Manny Ramirez has three sons named Manny Ramirez


This article from Paul Hoynes is not about that really — it just comes up only in passing — but it’s gonna stick with me all day:

“My numbers are there,” said Ramirez. “No one is going take those away from me. To be honest with you, I don’t even think about that. My Hall of Fame is my wife, my family, my kids.”

Ramirez has three baseball-playing sons. He named them all Manny. The oldest is a first baseman for the University of San Francisco.

I am shocked that I did not know this. I am not at all shocked, however, that Ramirez did this. It’s about the most Manny thing possible. Or maybe the most George Foreman thing possible. I dunno. Or maybe it’s . . .

The rest of the article is worth your time. It’s spurred by an upcoming anniversary celebration/reunion of the 1995 Indians team which Ramirez makes it sound like he had no idea about before the reporter told him about it. As if Ramirez, who works for the Cubs, couldn’t be tracked down. Like he’s that guy you graduated high school with who moved way out west and drifted for a few years and now doesn’t have a Facebook page or anything. “Whatever happened to Manny,” they’ll all ask? Paul Sorrento or someone will say “I hear he was in Wyoming in ’04,” but then the trail goes cold.

Ramirez also name-checks Julio Franco when mentioning that he’s not officially retired yet. He’s just joking about that. I think.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).