Ramirez: 'I can still play'

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Ramirez: 'I can still play'

And in the latest installment of "Learning how to say hello when it's time to say goodbye" . . .

Manny Ramirez -- attempting to entice a major-league team to sign him in spite of his age (40) and the fact that he has a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use hanging over his head -- sat down with ESPN's Pedro Gomez to explain why he wants to return to baseball. It may be one of the longest interviews ever granted by Ramirez, who rarely spoke to the media when he was a superstar.

Now, of course, he needs them. So . . .

Asked why a team should give him a chance, Ramirez replied: "First, because I can still play. Second, because Im going to be a role model. A bunch of guys are going to look at me and say hey, this guy made a mistake but he didnt quit. Look how he finished. He did the right thing and came back."

Manny Ramirez, role model?

Stranger things have happened, I suppose.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Curran thinks Patriots are 'likely' to finish unbeaten

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Curran thinks Patriots are 'likely' to finish unbeaten

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith react to Tom Curran's column that said the Patriots are likely to go 19-0 and Curran explains his stance.

6:54 - Lou Merloni joins BST to break down David Price's altercation with Dennis Eckersley and what it means for the Red Sox leadership if Dustin Pedroia was one of the players who applauded Price on the team plane.

12:25 - Mike Giardi and Phil Perry are in Foxboro for day 1 of Patriots training camp to discuss Jimmy Garoppolo's struggles, Brandin Cooks' big play ability, and Malcolm Butler's compete level.

16:32 - David Price seems to not like playing in Boston, similar to Carl Crawford and Pablo Sandoval. What makes it so difficult for some players to handle Boston?