|Posted: August 2, 2008, 10:37 am - IP Logged|
Ramirez wore No. 99, not to honor Barbara Felton or Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams or even reprise Wayne Gretzky wearing 99 for the L.A. Kings two decades ago. Ramirez couldn’t have the number he wore in Boston, 24, because it was Walter Alston’s and is retired. Then he asked for 30 but missed it by a week because newly acquired third baseman Casey Blake grabbed it. His next choice was 34, but that was worn by Fernando Valenzuela and is retired. So he said he didn’t care, and the Dodgers gave him 99.
By the time he decided on something else, it was too late. The Los Angeles Dodgers already were cranking out Manny 99 jerseys, expecting to sell plenty to the 30,000 fans who bought tickets to games this weekend since the trade.
“Ninety-nine is fine,” he said. “I’ll stay with it.”
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