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Manny Ramirez Viagra Drink Beat the 'Curse of the Bambino'?

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 10:38 AM

A Manny Ramirez drink concoction spiked with 300 milligrams of Viagra – the erectile dysfunction drug – helped propel the Boston Red Sox in their 2004 World Series run and overcome the "Curse of the Bambino," retired ace pitcher Pedro Martinez says in his new book.

The Ramirez story is one of many that Martinez's tells in his book "Pedro," according to Sports Illustrated. Martinez devotes part of the book to the colorful Ramirez, one of the top Red Sox players at the time.

"Manny was Manny in every aspect," Martinez said on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Tuesday. He described how Ramirez would jump in a tiny Jacuzzi he was in, inspiring other teammates to follow suit, as well as falling asleep in his room.


Martinez, who will be inducted in the Hall of Fame with Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio on July 26, told Meyers how during the 2004 playoffs Ramirez added Viagra to a drink for his teammates that included Dominican herbal roots and spices, honey, red wine, and gin , noted Sports Illustrated.

Leery of the mixture at first, Martinez said his teammates used Ellis Burke as a guinea pig.

"He took it and it seem like it worked," Martinez told Meyers with a laugh, adding that players joined in the drinking afterwards.

Those playoff are now a part of Red Sox lore, as Boston overcame a 3-0 deficit against the rival New York Yankees to win the American League pennant and then swept the St. Louis Cardinals to win the team's first World Series in 86 years, breaking what was long called the "Curse of the Bambino," according to NESN.

Martinez finished that season with a 16-9 record and an earned run average of 3.90. He finished his career 219-100 over 18 Major League seasons with an earned run average of 2.93 with 3,154 strikeouts and 760 walks, according to ESPN.

Ramirez, a .300 hitter over his Major League career and the 2004 World Series MVP, has had his Hall of Fame potential short-circuited by charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs. He was suspended for 50 games in 2009 and retired in 2011 surrounded by rumors of using drugs a second time.


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A Manny Ramirez drink concoction spiked with 300 milligrams of Viagra – the erectile dysfunction drug – helped propel the Boston Red Sox in their 2004 World Series run and overcome the "Curse of the Bambino," retired ace pitcher Pedro Martinez says in his new book.
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