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Manny Ramirez Was Meditating While Rest of Red Sox Visited White House

Mar 1, 2008 – 2:05 PM
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At this point, we should not be surprised by anything Manny Ramirez does or says. He is a great hitter, a flawed fielder and well, sort of quirky dude. I suppose it all wraps into his "Manny being Manny" charm. So when Manny skipped Boston's visit to the White House on Wednesday -- the visit in which George Bush made a joking knock on his dead grandmother -- there had to be some explanation why Manny decided not to go, right?

Well, yup: he says he was meditating:
It is his new passion for his down time, and he had some of that on Wednesday. So when asked if he needed a presidential remark to feel important, he said he did not.

"I was doing meditation in my house, so I feel more important," Ramirez said. "That's what I do now. In my time off, I read books and I meditate. That's what I do."
So there you have it folks, Manny Ramirez was not watching his fellow teammates being congratulated by George Bush when he didn't make the trip, he was achieving inner peace and maybe reading some books. And nothing about that really seems out of the ordinary.

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