Game 7: Tribe at M’s lineups
In light of Manny Ramirez’s retirement, here’s one of Orlando Cabrera’s favorite “Manny being Manny” moments from their days as teammates with the Red Sox.
“He’d be the first person you’d see watching the videos,” Cabrera said. “He’d just watch them quiet, like he didn’t want anybody watching him studying the pitchers.”
Once in New York, Cabrera saw Ramirez studying Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina. Ramirez was not watching his at-bats, though. Instead, he was breaking down at-bats of other No. 3 hitters who faced Mussina that season. Curious about the approach, Cabrera asked Ramirez about his plan.
“I said, ‘Hey, what are you going to do?’” Cabrera recalled. “He goes, ‘Second at-bat, third pitch, I’m going to hit a curveball. Home run.’ He goes, ‘Dont tell anybody.’”
On Sept. 24, 2004, Ramirez strolled to the plate against Mussina in the third inning. He only saw two pitches in his first at-bat of the game. The next pitch released by Mussina sailed out of Fenway Park for a two-run home run.
“Third pitch. Breaking ball. Boom,” Cabrera said. “I was like, ‘That’s why I cant be like you. That’s incredible.’ I tell that story and people don’t believe it. I saw it.”
For more reaction from Cabrera and Sandy Alomar Jr., check Indians.com later.
Indians (4-2) at Mariners (2-4)
at Safeco Field, 10:10 p.m. ET
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Austin Kearns, LF
8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B
Pitching: RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 9.45)
Pitching: LHP Jason Vargas (0-0, 1.35)