Manny Ramirez's first MLB hit 22 years ago was a double he thought was a home run
Manny Ramirez is Manny Ramirez. Manny Ramirez has always been Manny Ramirez. The phrase "Manny being Manny" is forever -- there was never a time when Manny wasn't Manny, and there will never be a time when he won't be. Case in point: His first MLB hit.
We turn back the clocks 22 years to Sept. 3, 1993. A 21-year-old Manny was with the Indians facing the Yankees at the old Yankee Stadium. After going hitless in his MLB debut the day before, Ramirez was yearning to knock a baseball a far way. He did just that in his first at-bat of the game, sending a ground-rule double hopping over the fence in the second inning.
But he thought he hit it slightly further. Manny tried to round second base to third, and eventually home, under the assumption he'd hit a home run.
He did not, but after returning to second and giving his teammates a good laugh in the dugout, Ramirez was later driven in to score his first MLB run.
And then, to make up for his thought-it-was-a-homer, he launched two dingers in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively:
A double he thought was a home run, followed by two real homers? See, Manny has always been Manny.