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As powerful Hurricane Earl headed right toward New England, hurricane warnings were issued for much of Massachusetts. The Red Sox, rightfully so, postponed Friday’s Red Sox-White Sox affair at Fenway Park, creating a doubleheader for Saturday.
Then, a combination of wind shear from the jet stream, colder Atlantic Ocean waters, and an oncoming cold front pushed Earl further south of Nantucket and significantly weakened the once-Category 4 hurricane to a strong tropical storm by the time it passed by.
Another storm was headed to Fenway on Friday — the media storm surrounding Manny Ramirez’s surprise return to Fenway Park with his new team, the White Sox. Manny told reporters (in English) that he was sorry for how he left things in Boston.
“I think everything was my fault,” Ramirez said. “But, hey, you’ve got to be a real man to realize when you do wrong. Hey, it was my fault. I’m already past that stage and I’m happy with my new team.”
Manny also said he would have accepted an assignment to the Red Sox if the team claimed him off waivers, unlike Johnny Damon.
“I would [have] come and see what I could do for [the Red Sox]. I did it here in the past and it’s in the past. If they claimed me, why would I say no to them?”
Manny didn’t speak publicly when he returned to Boston with the Dodgers in June, but the enigmatic DH was happy to talk to reporters on Friday. He said he had 99 millimeters (about 4 inches) of hair cut from his head to comply with his new team’s policy.
Manny’s White Sox and the Red Sox will play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, with Clay Buchholz and John Lackey toeing the rubber for the good guys.