Manny's first homer gets 'silent treatment'

September, 17, 2010
9/17/10
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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Jerry Lai/US PresswireManny Ramirez hit his first home run as a White Sox on Friday.
CHICAGO -– After 84 at-bats without a home run, Manny Ramirez finally went deep for the White Sox.

The fourth-inning solo blast Friday was not only Ramirez’s first homer with his new team, it was his first extra-base hit and RBI as well.

In the first inning, his homerless drought had hit 84, his longest in 14 years. His previous 83 at-bat homerless drought ended in April 1994.

Leave it to Ramirez’s new teammates to mark the occasion with a silent treatment. When he reached the dugout, none of the White Sox players were there at the top step to greet him. When he was nearly halfway down a silent dugout, everybody sprang from their seats to give Ramirez a pat on the back.

Ramirez now has 555 career home runs, eight behind Reggie Jackson, who is 13th on the all-time list. He has reached base safely in 14 of the 15 games he has played with the White Sox.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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