L.A. fell hard for Manny Ramirez

The good times won't be forgotten, but the disappointments can't be ignored

Updated: August 30, 2010, 7:07 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

He came to Los Angeles a dreadlocked revelation: baseball's jester who simply needed the right court to appreciate him.

L.A. has always had a short memory and a thing for good comeback stories. And for the first act of his time here, the city fell as hard for Manny Ramirez as it has for any professional athlete in recent memory.

He smiled at fans from the batter's box, danced in left field on Cinco de Mayo and turned the once-uptight Dodgers clubhouse into a party. October baseball ...

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