It wouldn’t be a World Series party without the MVP.
Manny Ramirez is expected to attend the Boston Red Sox’s 2004 World Series anniversary celebration on May 28 at Fenway Park, according to the team’s official Twitter account. Ramirez, of course, earned World Series MVP honors in ’04. [tweet https://twitter.com/RedSox/status/466962109654241282 align=’center’]
Ramirez joins Johnny Damon, Pedro Martinez, Trot Nixon, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Derek Lowe, Kevin Millar, Mike Timlin, Keith Foulke and a host of other former Red Sox on the celebration’s guest list. It should be a memorable night at Fenway even before the Red Sox host the Atlanta Braves in an intriguing interleague matchup.
Ramirez hasn’t officially retired from baseball, and he’s reportedly still eyeing a major league return. But when the 41-year-old finally calls it career, he can look back and know that he was instrumental in helping the Red Sox break an 86-year-old curse.
Ramirez spent parts of eight seasons in Boston. He earned an All-Star selection each season, finished in the top 10 in American League MVP voting on six occasions, launched 274 home runs and cemented himself as one of the most colorful — albeit polarizing — figures in Boston sports history.