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The Dodgers' 82nd home game

Manny Ramirez gets warm welcome from Dodgers fans at Petco Park

Updated: July 4, 2009, 2:15 PM ET
By Tom Friend | ESPN.com

Interstate 5, 55 miles north of Petco Park -- Seven hours before Friday's first pitch, seven hours before Manny Ramirez would either be hailed or booed, Joe Torre was stuck. Torre's rental car was going 0.5 miles per hour -- 54.5 miles under the speed limit -- due to the darndest traffic jam he'd ever seen. The cars in front of him had Dodger bumper stickers, the cars to his side had Dodger flags and the cars behind him had Dodger ping-pong antennae balls … all of them rushing to be by Manny's ...

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