When Manny Ramirez met the media for his debut moment with his new Chicago team, he answered in Spanish through coach Joey Cora. With the Dodgers I believe he usually fielded questions in English, at least until this season. Observed Baseball Prospectus:
Granted, it is not uncommon for athletes from foreign countries to ask for a translator. However, the twist to this is that the 38-year-old Ramirez has lived in the United States since he was 13, graduated from high school in the Brooklyn Heights section of New York City, and has given interviews in English from the time he was breaking into professional baseball as an Indians prospect in the Appalachian League after being their first-round draft pick in 1991. Yet there was Ramirez listening to and understanding the questions that were posed in English then giving the answers to Cora.
"He feels more comfortable with the language," Cora said after Ramirez was asked why he decided to speak Spanish when everyone attending the press conference was from English-language media outlets.
In any language, Ramirez had nothing remotely compelling to say.
Actually, it was Washington Heights in upper Manhattan where Ramirez grew up — he famously shares his alma mater with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Ramirez did say he's apparently willing to cut his hair per a White Sox policy.
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