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Relieved, happy Manny is the Dodgers' No. 99, with a flourish

Updated: August 1, 2008, 9:52 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez showed up at Dodger Stadium with a new attitude, a new number and a willingness to cut his flowing dreadlocks.

"I feel great, man. I'm happy," Ramirez told some 200 media members behind home plate about three hours before making his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. "Whatever happened in Boston is in the past. I'm excited, man. I can't wait. I feel like I took 5,000 pounds off my back.

"It's just a new chapter in my life. ...

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