Did you hear the one …
If Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez are anywhere near as good delivering key hits as they were one-liners during Tuesday's introductory news conference, their additions will make the Rays' season quite a success. At the least, it will be quite entertaining. A few excerpts:
. "Since Manny's going to be the DH he can't be the cutoff man anymore."
Damon, referencing a 2004 play when both were in Boston's outfield and Ramirez, famously, did just that to one of his throws.
. "I've been working in Arizona with Longoria and I'm trying to help him find his cap."
Ramirez, referencing Evan Longoria's New Era caps commercial.
. "I could just get a wig; I'm sure in L.A. they're still selling Manny's hair."
Damon, on sporting long dreadlocks.
. "Let's do this — you play 100 and I'll play 62."
Ramirez, to Damon when they were asked about playing all 162 games.
. "We're baaack."
Ramirez, as he and Damon, former Red Sox teammates, took their seats.
. "I've got two numbers — one for the National League and one for the American League."
Ramirez on switching from 99, which he wore with the Dodgers (and White Sox), to 24, which he wore with Boston and Cleveland.
. "I think we are in much better shape than most of these young kids coming up, so if we ever want to feel good about ourselves, take the shirt off and compare muscles in a mirror and all that good stuff."
Damon, on still being in shape at 37 and Ramirez at 38.
. "Thank you Johnny, they don't know."
Ramirez to Damon, after Damon said he's "always been a great teammate, a guy who knows how to win."
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer