Perhaps most notable among the former Red Sox to make their return to Fenway Park for Tuesday's World Series ring ceremony was Manny Ramirez. Although he expressed the team, he has invited him in the past, not every day you see the 2004 World Series MVP back in Boston.
In addition to joining two world series, Ramirez put together a Hall of Fame CV of his 19-year-old Major League career (.312 average, .996 OPS, 555 home runs). Nevertheless, the 12-time All-Star has not received a call to Cooperstown in his four-year vote.
Ramirez's tart past – domestic violence and the two performance-enhancing drug-related suspensions – have played a role in his absence from the Hall of Fame.
However, he expressed to WEEI.com that his hard times in the game played a role in his development as a person.
"Sometimes you have to go through difficult times to grow and learn," he said. "It happened to me, but it was worth it."
He added to be away from the game and the reception of suspensions was not easy to handle.
"Missing the game," Ramirez said. "Not being able to play and the suspension and (the) type of thing. It was (hard) because this is the game we love from when you were little, and sometimes when you get away from you, what you really love, you really appreciate life and the decisions you make. "
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Whatever happened in the past, Ramirez still believes he has a shot at baseball immortality. Although it also seems to be in peace with reality, he can never get plaque.
"We pray," Ramirez said. "But you know, I think (in) life, everyone makes mistakes. You know no one is perfect. But I think with time, I think, if that is God's will, we must be (in Cooperstown). , we are just glad we had the opportunity to play the game that we love. "
Ramirez also thought it was" God's purpose "he played in Boston. His trip to Fenway Park reminded him how much he appreciated his seven and a half seasons with the Red Sox. Things weren't always perfect, but again he felt it shaped who he is now.
"When I came to Boston to be honest, I knew it was going to be hard. But it also made me a better player to always be at the top of my game and always give everything I got , "Ramirez said. "I sometimes know that many people saw that I might not work so hard. Well, I worked hard. I did my thing. I put my numbers on. As I said, this is a great place to play. God's purpose to be here and play here. "