Ramirez enclosed the following message with his ad:
"Hi, I'm Manny Ramirez. I bought this AMAZING grill for about $4,000 and I used it once. ... but I never have the time to use it because I am always on the road. I would love to sell it and you will get an autographed ball signed by me. Enjoy it, Manny Ramirez."
When the ESPN show "Pardon the Interruption" did a blurb on Ramirez's cameo as a salesman, there was good-natured laughter throughout the clubhouse. Some players even clapped for Ramirez when he walked through the room a few minutes after the television spot.
"I'm a business man, I've got to make a little money," Ramirez hollered to teammate Doug Mirabelli.
As much as we like to laugh at such antics, it should be pointed out that bidding on the grill has already topped
$14,000 $33,000 $40,000 with another week to go, indicating that under the day-glo hair and doo-rag, there lies the brain of a shrewd businessman. Who cares if it's not really his grill; this is the stuff that makes Grapefruit ball interesting.