Tonight marked the return of Manny Ramirez to Fenway Park.
He actually received a better reception than I thought. While Manny was mostly jeered there were plenty of "Manny!!! Manny!!!" chants.
He certainly didn't receive the rough ride Johnny Damon or Roger Clemens received during their return visits to Fenway. Then again Manny wasn't wearing Yankee pinstripes.
Manny's reception was still surprising considering the Dodgers arrived in town the night after the Celtics fell to the Lakers in the NBA Final.
Manny went 1 for 5 tonight. Daniel Bard struck him out looking in the ninth to end the game and earn the save. It was only in that at bat that the "Beat L.A." chant really kicked in. The Sox won 10-6.
Here's an article I wrote about Manny the day the Sox traded him to the Dodgers. It's hard to believe that was nearly two years ago.