Immediately after Laker center and two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol filmed a quick promo for the Manny Ramirez Action Figure, which will be given out to the first 15,000 kids 14 and under at the July 22 game with the New York Mets, he asked if he could have an action figure of his own.
The 7-footer from Spain was at Dodger Stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Dodgers’ interleague series opener with the New York Yankees on June 25. That was just eight days after Gasol helped lead the Lakers to a Game 7 victory in basketball’s biggest championship rivalry over the Boston Celtics.
Gasol was full of excitement for baseball’s biggest championship rivalry and commented about how pumped up he was to throw out the first pitch. So when he was asked to promote the Manny Action Figure, he did it with fervor.
He held up the action figure and said, “Go Manny, go!”
Then he did it in his and Manny’s native language of Spanish, “Dale Manny, dale!”
Then he took Manny home.