Ramirez said he was “stoked” to return to baseball with Oakland after “retiring” during the first month of the 2011 season after playing five games for the Tampa Bay Rays. “I can’t wait to suit up and play baseball in Oakland,” Ramirez said as he walked into the clubhouse upon his arrival in Phoenix. “I love the east coast. Oakland is great.”
Ramirez went on to say that he chose Oakland as the team he wanted to play for not only for the “great Oakland weather and lobster it’s known for up and down the coast,” but also because of “that terrific Brad Pitt movie with that kid from ‘Superbad.’ He should get an award or something.”
But his excitement quickly dissipated when a reporter asked him about the looming 50-day suspension he still has to serve. “I don’t understand. I sat all last season, that’s not enough?” Ramirez said. “I did miss last year, right? This is 2012? But I still have to sit the 50 games this year? That don’t seem fair to Manny. That may change things up a bit, here. We’ll see.”
Ramirez said he would have to get his agent on the phone to straighten all this out right after he introduces himself to the manager of the A’s and confirms “all this crazy suspension talk. (Tony) LaRussa still the manager (of the A’s)?”
Bob Melvin is the current manager for the A’s. LaRussa last managed for Oakland in 1995, and retired days after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to victory in the 2011 World Series.