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Manny Ramirez on Red Sox regrets, coaching for Cubs, making amends for past mistakes

05.28.14 at 7:31 pm ET
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In his first public appearance since signing with the Cubs as a player-coach for their Triple-A affiliate, Manny Ramirez talked about his time in Boston, what he is looking forward to doing at his new job and his newfound faith.

Here are some of the highlights.

On his behavior in Boston: “To be honest, sometimes now that I’ve been in church for almost for four years now, me and my wife, and now I realize that I behaved bad in Boston. And the fans they were great and I played great when I was here, but now I realize that I behaved bad and I apologize for that. But I’m a new man. That’s what Jesus said and that’s what I believe.

“I behaved bad and I regret it turned out the way it ends, but I know a lot of people say, ‘Manny didn’t like to play,’ blah blah blah, but what did my numbers say when I left here?”

On his new job with the Cubs: “I’m looking forward to that. That’s a blessing from God because I could go over there and give those kids my testimony, what to do in the field and what not to do off the field and it’s going to be a blast and we’re going to go out and have fun out there.

On how he found out about the job offer from the Cubs: “I was in my house, just there with my kids and my agent called me. ‘Hey, I got a job for you.’ We prayed for it first and then I took the job.”

On his role with the Iowa Cubs: “I got it very clear that I was only going to play two times a week. They were not going to take any at-bats from the prospects. I know my role over there.”

On people who are skeptical of his newfound faith in religion: “I could say whatever I want. I could say that I read the Bible. I could say that I was going to preach, but if I don’t live it, I be like a hypocrite. You’ve got to live it. A lot of people are going to say what they want to say, but I only worry about what God says and how I’m going to walk and how I’m going to talk and how I’m going to treat my wife. Because you could tell me, ‘Oh no, Manny did this, did that.’ But maybe you outside, maybe you drink, maybe you use drugs and that’s the same. That’s the way that I look at it.”

On what prompted his change: “When I went to jail with a problem with my wife, they didn’t let me see my kids for maybe two or three months. And one day, I wake up and I look myself in the mirror and I said I needed a change. I started going to Bible studies and saw that it was good. I kept going and God helped me to change my life.”

On whether he thinks he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame: “I haven’t [thought] about that, but I’m leaving that decision to God, and if it happens, I’m happy. But where I want to be, it’s in the Book of Life. The Bible says that you’ve got to focus on the things you can’t see. The things that you can see right now, everything is going to pass, so why are we going to worry about that? My time right now, I’m going to rest on God, keep learning about the will of God, keep preaching, giving people my testimony and that’s going to be my life.”

On his conversation with Jack McCormick, the Red Sox traveling secretary with whom he had an altercation in 2008: “I went and spoke to Jack and apologized to Jack. I told him, ‘Jack, I want you to forgive me because it was my fault. I behaved bad here with everybody and I want you to forgive me.’ He said, ‘Manny, thank you. I was waiting for that.’ I feel great.”

On how he views his time in Boston: “For me, it was awesome. I always liked to play the game and I always enjoyed the game. And when I played here in Boston, I always gave my best.”

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