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Watch Manny Ramirez’s first home run in Taiwan

Apr 4, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

Manny Ramirez hit his first home run for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan today–a bomb to straightaway center field–and the television announcer got very, very excited about it:

(Complicated handshake to Ben Badler of Baseball America for the clip.)

  1. dondada10 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Imagine if a major league team reacted like that to an early season homer that brought them to 2 runs back? The whole squad would get beaned.

    • psuorioles - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      That’s part of the problem with MLB, players and fans take it way to serious… I would love if teams got excited about those types of things. Watching the DR in the WBC was refreshing

      • ezzz2the - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Seems like the older you get (Little League to Pros) the less fun baseball becomes because of the “unwritten rules”. I say F that, high step after a hit, do flips after a HR and dog pile after every win…Lets bring the fun back into baseball because its close to dreadful to watch

    • kopy - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      The unwritten book of rules hasn’t yet been translated to Chinese.

      • Old Gator - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        What does that say on the front of his uniform? I can’t read Yiddish.

      • Old Gator - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Unwritten book of rules will be collected in a bag of fortune cookies.

        Waiter! Where is my cat foo young?

  2. vallewho - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Manny looked pretty good. And props to the Taiwanese announcer for rolling his Rs.

  3. carbydrash - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    …coming 929 days since Manny’s last home run in professional baseball (9/17/2010)

  4. andreweac - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Manny would be the best hitter in the Astros lineup.

    • notsofast10 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Except wouldn’t he have to sit out 100 games because a 2nd PED offense?

      • dswan3199 - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        He Already served his second offense. It was reduced to 50 when he signed with the A’s.

  5. Sorbet Te Charta Saccus - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Swing at a pitch a foot off the ground and hit it 430 feet? Yeah, that’s just Manny being Manny no matter what country he is in.

  6. jeffbbf - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    The announcing was interesting. Excuse my use of “bla” for the Taiwanese used here, but I definately heard the following:

    “bla, bla, bla…Manny Ramirez! bla.. 2 run homer!”

    and on the replay:

    “bla bla bla…see you later!”

    strange mix of Taiwanese and English. There’s nothing in the language for home run?

    • butchhuskey - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      It’s no different than an English language announcer saying “Sayonara, baseball!” or Jon Miller saying “Adios, pelota!”

  7. jm91rs - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Did you guys listen to the whole clip? I’m pretty sure at the 2:40 mark, the announcer says an English phrase, “see you later” as the ball clears the wall.

  8. asimonetti88 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    He dug that thing out of the dirt. Nice hit, he smacked the crap out of it.

  9. sometogethernow - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    How big are the rosters in the Taiwanese league? I swear I saw Manny high-five at least 30 dudes after the homer.

  10. ramrene - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Manny’s ‘roiding up again. And since they don’t have steroid testing over there he’ll hit 30 by their All-Star break and finish the season with 62!

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