Friday, September 17, 2010
Manny's first homer gets 'silent treatment'
By Doug Padilla
Manny 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.