Manny Ramirez, who this week will sign his contract with the Rays, arrives at Tampa International Airport. The designated hitter says he has lost 12 pounds during the offseason. And as for joining the Rays? “It feels great.”

As Boston Red Sox fans, we all remember the days of “Manny being Manny” (video 1, video 2, video 3). Well it didn’t take long for Manny Ramirez to have his first “Manny being Manny” moment in Tampa Bay.

From Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times:

Manny Ramirez was dressed casually and looked relaxed when he arrived at Tampa airport Sunday night.

He was pleasant enough as photographer Kathleen Flynn and I approached him as he stepped off the tram after flying in from Phoenix, and actually asked if I was there to pick him up. When I told him I’d seen a limo driver waiting for him downstairs, he laughed and said he didn’t need a limo, that was just a “humble” guy.

I’m pretty sure that this will only be the first of many “Manny being Manny” moments this season with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Photo credit: Kathleen Flynn – St. Petersburg Times