Maybe all that time to heal up his oblique was a good idea after all.
Kudos, incidentally, to Eduardo Perez on Baseball Tonight, for pointing out how rigorously Manny works on his hitting and how he attacks every at-bat with a plan. Manny may or may not be a world-class eccentric, but the notion that he's some sort of hitting savant who just magically, effortlessly knows how to do this is borderline insulting. The man works hard at his craft, and deserves respect for it.
And the sheer exuberant joy on his face as he headed for home? That's the best reason in the world to watch this stuff.