BRADENTON, Fla. — It’s 2004, and 9-year-old Manny Ramirez Jr. has just left Fenway Park with his famous father after a ballgame. Young fans chase their car out of the players’ parking lot. An ancient “curse” is about to be broken, and Manny Mania rules Beantown.
“We were parked at a red light,” says the now-17-year-old Manny Jr., “and this girl flashed him in the passenger seat, and he got out of the car and signed her [breast]. It made an impression on me.”