Manny Ramirez wasn't always a dreadlocked knucklehead who drove the fans of his MLB teams absolutely nuts with his silly antics and complete irreverence for the game of baseball. And Sara Rimer—a former reporter for The New York Times who struck up a friendship with Manny during his days at George Washington High School—remembers those days well. In the wake of his recent retirement, she took the time to share her memories of those times with the world in this excellent piece about one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. [Read "Before Manny Became Manny" on The New York Times]

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