When Nationals phenom Juan Soto was still just a prospect, he wanted to be like Manny Ramirez. On Friday night, for the first time in his young career, Soto will have a chance to play on the same stage that Ramirez built much of his legend upon.
The Nationals are in Boston this weekend for a three-game series with the Red Sox. There won’t be any fans in stands to see the winners of each of the last two World Series go head to head, but that did give Soto an opportunity to climb up to the top of the Green Monster and enjoy the view of Fenway Park.
Soto has faced the Red Sox before, but this is his first road trip to Boston since breaking into the majors as a teenager in 2018. He’s listed as the team’s designated hitter for Friday night’s contest, so he won’t have to deal with the Green Monster as a fielder just yet.
He will, however, have the chance to hit a home run over the towering fence. The left-handed hitting Soto would have to go opposite field for that to happen, but that’s never been a problem for the budding star who’s established a reputation for spraying hits all over the field.