BOSTON -- Perhaps this is Hanley Ramirez's thing now. There are worse habits to pick up than declaring he will do something -- hit, specifically -- and then do it.
Before Tuesday's 15-inning Red Sox-Blue Jays marathon, the kind of game that's becoming uncomfortably commonplace for Sox pitching, Ramirez said his shoulders were feeling better.
Sox manager John Farrell had Ramirez penciled in at first base, and said too that Ramirez is going to be expected to be there against left-handed pitching more often. (Mitch Moreland's been struggling, although Moreland was adamant his fractured toe isn't the cause.)
"We're getting to a point now where we got to get going," Ramirez said during batting practice about eight hours before his walk-off home run, way over the Green Monster. "Definitely [my shoulders feel better]. And you're going to see it in the next couple days. I'm going to show you."
Didn't take long. Ramirez decimated a first-pitch breaking ball with one out in the 15th from Blue Jays righty Mike Bolsinger.
"It's unbelievable man. I wasn't thinking about it," Ramirez said of trying to end it on one swing. "Another inning, go out there, do your job. Just keep going and keep going."
When the media talked to Ramirez in late June and Ramirez was asked how he felt against lefties, he made very clear he was unaware how he had done against them -- 5-for-35 to that point.
He said Tuesday he wasn't putting on an exaggerated show.
"Swear to God not," Ramirez said before Tuesday's game. "Because I don't pay attention to numbers man, for real. The only thing I look at the standings over there. I'm a veteran guy. You know, so, every time you guys tell me something, it's when I know that what's going on. So keep bringing things to me, so I can get better."
He's 7-for-15 against southpaws since, and he's continuing to back up his words.