Manny makes home debut as White Sox
Manny Ramirez and the Chicago White Sox reached a compromise about the slugger's dreadlocks and manager Ozzie Guillen said the 12-time All-Star has been a great teammate.
The addition of Ramirez just hasn't made much of a difference in the standings so far.
Ramirez was in the lineup for his home debut with the White Sox on Friday night, batting fifth and serving as the designated hitter against the Kansas City Royals. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Despite a 7-3 road trip, the White Sox have slipped in the standings. They were 4 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central when he was claimed off waivers on Aug. 30, but the deficit is five games heading into the weekend.
Ramirez is 7 for 27, all singles, since he made his White Sox debut Sept. 1 in Cleveland.
''I'm not pressing. Everybody knows they're not expecting a lot out of me because, like I said, I haven't played in a long time,'' said Ramirez, who spent a month on the disabled list with a right calf strain while he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers. ''It doesn't matter how good you are, you miss like 60 games and you come back and you're facing all those guys on the other side, those guys are ready, those guys are good.''
General manager Kenny Williams said Ramirez and the club met in the middle regarding Chicago's personal-appearance policy.
''Manny has cut his hair three times since arriving,'' Williams said. ''The team made concessions, and so did he. And the next 500 home run hitter or the next Hall of Famer who comes in will receive the same concessions.''
Guillen said Ramirez has treated everyone well since joining the team.
''If people want to know how Manny is come down to the clubhouse,'' Guillen said. ''He is a very quiet guy, he goes about his business. They talk about him because he is good. If Manny was Pablo Ozuna nobody would even care about him, but Manny is a good player. In baseball or any sport, you don't talk about the bad ones, you talk about the good ones.
''He goes by all the rules, he has been good for the ballclub, he's been good with the players, he is a great influence for the Latinos.''