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When Manny Ramirez steps into the batter's box, it's impossible to take your eyes off of him. So what makes him so special? Only those who watch him the closest can explain.

Updated: March 31, 2009, 3:12 PM ET
By Jeff Bradley | ESPN The Magazine

Everybody being Manny.

Imagine that. Imagine every single player in the big leagues, all 750 of them, "Being Manny."

Crazy? Sure. A little scary? Absolutely. But, believe it or not, most of them would sign up for that right now. Maybe not the whole package, like the part where Manny half-asses it down the line on ground balls or forgets how many outs there are while playing defense. Not the part where Manny gets into dugout shoving matches or, much worse, a ...

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Everybody being Manny.

Imagine that. Imagine every single player in the big leagues, all 750 of them, "Being Manny."

Crazy? Sure. A little scary? Absolutely. But, believe it or not, most of them would sign up for that right now.