There’s many great stories from this game. A-Rod being able to play. Worm Killer Wang hanging tough. Jeter, Cano, and Abreu swinging the big sticks. The overall stellar team defense that New York used in this game. Even Melky and Godzilla threw in a couple of hits each. But, for me, the story of this game was Edwar Ramirez.
First, let’s get the “looks” thing out of the way. Man, is Edwar skinny. He’s in the Jimmie “Kid Dy-no-mite” Walker, Oil Can Boyd, Mick Jaggar class of skinny. And, then there are the glasses. While they’re not in the Rick Vaughn or Gustavo Chacin class, the specs do add another flavor to Edwar’s look out there on the hill.
But, it’s the stuff that’s the story here. A fastball in the 90-91 MPH range with a 78-80 MPH change-up for a chaser. Ladies and Germs, that’s pulling a string.
And, in this game, Ramirez whiffs the first three big league batters that he faces in his career. Just last month, Jordan De Jong of the Blue Jays pulled this off – making his major league debut in relief, and striking out the side (and the first three batters that he ever faced). So, it’s a great story – but, it’s not like it’s never been done before – or, even, never been done before this season.
In any event, it looks like Edwar Ramirez can help add some positive energy to this team – in a place where they need it…meaning the bullpen.
The only downside may be having to hear Michael Kay keep telling the story, over and over and over again, about how Ramirez’ dad talked him out of quitting the game and how Edwar ended up in an Indy League.
Really, Michael, after the kid pitches in more than five games here, you can let it go. We get it. It’s an uplifting tale. But, you don’t have to beat it like you’re trying to turn a stick of butter into whipped cream.
Lastly, since it seems like Edwar Ramirez needs a nickname, I’m going to offer one here, right out of the chute: El Cambio (It’s Spanish for “The Change.”) Considering the story of how Ramirez turned his career around, and the offering that’s his money pitch, it just seems to make sense. Plus, it sounds cool in an “El Kabong” kind of way. John Sterling could have a lot of fun with it – assuming it takes off.