Good News for Sox Fans: Pablo, Hanley Are Driven to Win on the Road in 2016

Alex Vega, left, the owner of the Auto Firm, showed Pablo Sandoval and Yulimar Martins a customized Mercedes limo van that sells for $175,000. (Photo by Angel Valentin/ New York Times)

The frayed fans of the last place Red Sox are hoping for big showings from Pablo Ramirez and Hanley Ramirez in 2016. And it looks the two comeback kids really stepped up their game and won the offseason.

Make no mistake, 2016 is a new year and Panda and Hanley are fully invested… in their vehicles anyway.

The Red Sox Kings of the Road will be sporting the most impressive driving machines when they wheel into JetBlue Park for the start of Spring Training at Fenway South in a few weeks according to reports published in the New York Times and Tampa Bay Times this week.

Sandoval, in the second year of a five-year, $95 million deal, rewarded himself for a stellar first season in Boston by paying a visit to The Auto Firm, a custom car shop a short ride from South Beach, to take care of business and shape up his car game.

“It’s like a sign when you get to the big leagues,” Sandoval said. “The first thing you want to get is a nice car to drive around. Every year, I try to get a new one.”

The Panda worked hard to rid himself of a Porsche Panamera in the offseason, driving the bucket of bolts with over 15,000 miles on it to The Auto Firm with hopes that someone would take it off his hands. While he stopped in, Panda picked up some new rims for his two Range Rovers, all while making arrangements to step up to a new 2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost — worth more than $325,000 — to get the season rolling.

Just like last season, Pablo continues to put of big numbers. Sandoval also owns a customized Jeep Wrangler — that he acquired after trading in one of his Range Rovers — and Benz, which like the portly third baseman, comes fully loaded.

Sandoval’s Avorza Range Rover Supercharged is a “Lumma CLRR Widebody.” You can’t make this stuff up.

Pablo with his Widebody Range Rover. (The Auto Firm via Instagram)
Pablo with his Widebody Range Rover. (The Auto Firm via Instagram)

Ramirez, the former shortstop turned disaster left fielder turned hopeful first baseman, has more than a few MLB miles on him as as opposed to his 2015 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, complete with an exhaust system that spits fire like the Dominican slugger in the heat of a pennant race, or white Ferrari that he is planning to give to his wife.

Like Hanley, who wants nothing to do with playing first base, this car wants for nothing.


Hanley is in the second year of a Ben Cherington bargain four-year, $88 million contract, so no doubt there will be more auto upgrades in his future.

While Ramirez and Sandoval are poised to win on the road in 2016, the future of the Red Sox looks strong, too.

Surefire Hall of Famer Yoan Moncada — who signed a $31 signing bonus with the Red Sox last year — was unveiled as the proud owner of an Avorza Edition BMW i8 that was stripped to the bone, painted all satin black with red metallic accents that glow in the dark, custom Avorza interior, sitting on Avorza AV30 forged wheels — customization which added another $45,000 to the $140,000 price tag for the minor league shortstop’s ride.

Moncada is also the proud owner of a $175,000 custom Mercedes limosine van. Believe it or not, Hanley owns one of these babies, too thanks to the Fenway Fanatics paying $11.00 for cups of watered-down Bud Light every night.

“It’s like you’re in a hotel room,” Alex Vega, owner of The Auto Firm, said of the van with a built-in bar, two big-screen televisions, home theater system, reclining chairs, a couch and room for seven passengers. “They can smoke tobacco, the cigars. They can drink, they can party with their friends, and nobody knows they’re in there.”

Sounds like the well-appointed van is good place to hide if Sox players stumble again in 2016 and gotta get away.

File under: Road Warriors