Manny focuses on game in New York

Manny focuses on game with media

NEW YORK -- No rookie when it comes to dealing with the New York media, Manny Ramirez spoke before Tuesday's Dodgers-Mets game without saying much.

"If you want to talk about the game, we talk about the game," Ramirez announced as reporters surrounded his locker in the visitors' clubhouse. "We [aren't going to] talk about anything talked about in San Diego."

He was referring to the Friday news conference held when he returned from a 50-game suspension for violating the Major League Baseball drug policy. He repeated an earlier apology without detailing his actions that led to the suspension.

Asked why he wouldn't elaborate, he said: "Because that is in the past. Next?"

Ramirez, who played Friday night and Saturday afternoon and did not play Sunday because of sore legs, answered questions about his conditioning.

"I feel great. I'm getting there," he said. "My rhythm, now I'm playing every day and not play for two months. I'm not 23 anymore. But I feel great."

Ramirez said he did not visit his old neighborhood in New York.

"When I come to New York, I stay in the hotel to get my rest and be ready for the game," he said. "I call my friends, leave tickets. But the game ends so late, I go back to the hotel."

Asked how he expected to be received by the New York fans, the former Boston Red Sox star said: "I don't know. What do you think?"

Ramirez did have a comment about the future:

"Put in a good word about the All-Star Game next year," he said with a laugh.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.