Hanley boots the ball into LF
I haven't posted anything non-Phillies realted since the season previews but I wanted to quickly post on the incident in Florida last night. Last night in Miami, Marlins All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez ran back for a pop-up but couldn't get there in time. After the ball hit the ground, it bounced off of Ramirez's leg and went all the way down into the left field corner. Instead of running after it, Hanley jogged (if that) after the ball, allowing two runs to score. Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez benched Ramirez for the rest of the game after the top of the second inning came to an end.
jogging after the ball
Ramirez said he was slowed down because he hit a foul a ball off his leg in the first inning but there is no reason why that would've made him jog after a ball that he booted all the way into the corner. Finding out he is not in the Marlins lineup tonight, Ramirez told reporters, "I wasn't trying to give up, that's the hardest I could go after the ball." He added, "It's OK. He doesn't understand that. He (manager Fredi Gonzalez) never played in the big leagues."
As a fan of the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston's AA team), I've followed Hanley's entire career. I said it was a big mistake for Boston to trade him away because they had no shortstop and Ramirez would one day be an MVP. Turns out I was right even though Beckett has done well for the Red Sox. He seems like he is trying to find a way out of Florida and I'm sure the Sox would trade for him in a second. However, this isn't the way to do it. If I were him, I'd actually want to remain on the Marlins and be the face of that franchise. They somehow are good every year and the new ballpark will bring much needed excitement for the team. But I guess it's all about playing for big market teams these days. Ramirez is lucky he plays for Florida and not the Phillies.
You can watch his lack of hustle by clicking here.