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Friday, September 10, 2010
For Manny, three is the magic number

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO – There is no guarantee Manny Ramirez’s hair won’t be mentioned here again, but there does appear to be some closure regarding the old haircut saga.

Apparetly Ramirez underwent yet another trim before his first home game with the White Sox. Ramirez not only called it the third trim on his hair since he joined the White Sox, manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams confirmed that number.

A “trim” might be overstating things just a bit. His braids, which are on their way to transitioning into dreadlocks again, continue to reach past the “Ramirez” stitched to the back of his uniform. But to Williams, Ramirez’s hair is fine.

“We bent a little too,” Williams said. “He’s cut it three times. It’s nice and neat. There is no issue. We had to bend a little and he bent. The next guy who comes here hitting 500 home runs, maybe we will bend the rules a little bit for him too.”

Asked if Tony Gwynn or Ichiro Suzuki came to the White Sox with long hair, Williams amended that statement saying that anybody with Hall of Fame credentials can take some liberties with the team’s appearance standards. He added that Paul Konerko could grow a Mohawk andhe wouldn’t have an issue with it.

Said Ramirez on the subject: “I trimmed it a little bit. [Bench coach] Joey [Cora] came up to me and said ‘You have to trim it a little bit.’ So I did it and let’s see.

Does he think it passes the test now?

“I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.