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Manny Ramirez pops out. And Vin Scully says...

July 3, 2009 |  9:12 pm


In what turned out to be Manny Ramirez's last at-bat, Vin Scully, so matter-of-fact, made this of Manny's pop-up:

"[David] Eckstein goes out and calls it. That will be that. Manny goes 0 for 3."

And shortly after Fox Prime Ticket showed Dodgers Manager Joe Torre talking to Ramirez before Ramirez took off his batting helmet and walked out of the dugout, done for the night and replaced by Juan Pierre.

Which brought Scully to tell this little story of a song about an invisible man.

"There was the song, oh, gosh, a million years ago, Mr. Cellophane. The man was singing this woeful song. Nobody was aware of him, like he wasn't there. He was the invisible man. Juan Pierre said 'I am the invisible man.' Well, he is very visible right now."

That's when Pierre came into the game.

Mr. Cellophane wasn't quite a million years ago, though. It's from the Broadway musical Chicago, which debuted in 1975. Which only seems like a million years ago.

-- Diane Pucin

Credit: Manny Ramirez throws his bat after hitting a pop fly in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres on Friday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times