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Hanley Ramirez doubles down on his Bruins fandom

Rob Bradford
April 26, 2018 - 2:40 am

TORONTO -- It may have started Monday night, but it sure doesn't look like it's going to end any time soon. That, of course, would be Hanley Ramirez's newfound love for the Bruins.

After explaining Tuesday that his presence at Game 6 of the postseason tilt between the Bruins and Maple Leafs was his first hockey game (and that after watching the B's loss he was hooked), the anticipation of Wednesday night's Game 7 wasn't hard to find in the Red Sox' clubhouse.

First, the team made sure they had proper time and space to watch the final minutes of the Bruins' 7-4 win, holding the media out a few minutes extra after the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre while the final seconds ticked off the clock at TD Garden. And then, as a mass of reporters interviewed Mookie Betts, Ramirez entered the room, exclaiming, "We don't care about Mookie, we care about the Bruins!"

Ramirez was without the Bruins sweater brought to him prior to Monday night's game by Abby Murphy of Red Sox media relations, but that didn't mean he wasn't going to give his take on the B's win. Not surprisingly, it struck a similar theme as when he talked the day before.

"Like I say: Boston, House of Pain. A lot of pain there. You cannot go to Boston and not get hurt," he said. "That’s what we do."

While the opportunity to attend a game in the next round against Tampa Bay might not be there for the Red Sox, who return to the road when the Bruins play at TD Garden, Ramirez is relishing the opportunity to continue his commentary on his new team and sport.

"It’s great," he said when asked how he was enjoying being the voice of the Bruins' fans. "Anything you want to know just ask me. I’ve got all the answers about the Bruins. Anytime. I’ll be ready."

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