2008 Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis scuffle in the Red Sox dugout during a June 5 game versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Tired of what he viewed as Youkilis' chronic complaining about the strike zone, Ramirez is caught on camera slapping his teammate, with sources saying he also told Youkilis to "cut that . . . out." Jack McCormick, the Red Sox's longtime traveling secretary, is shoved by Ramirez on June 29 in Houston during a dispute over game passes. He apologizes and is disciplined internally by the team. In July, cameras catch Ramirez relaxing inside Fenway's Green Monster during pitching changes. One photo shows him holding up a sports drink; in another, he is talking on a cellphone. Ramirez benches himself just before the start of a July 28 game against Yankees, saying he has a sore knee. The Red Sox order an MRI on both knees, and the result shows no damage. When he does play, the slugger is criticized by reporters and fans for not running out ground balls. On July 30, Ramirez tells ESPN reporters, "The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me." One day later, he becomes a Dodger in a three-way deal including the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 53 regular-season games with the Dodgers, Ramirez hits .396 with 17 home runs and 53 runs batted in -- and the only controversy he is involved in comes when he balks at manager Joe Torre's request that he have his hair trimmed. Ramirez hits .520 and four home runs and 10 runs batted in during the playoffs.
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