Here It Is: The Moment I Started Believing In Hanley Ramirez At First Base


I never thought that this day would come. I just didn’t think he had it in him. Now, don’t confuse this as a moment that definitively proves he can actually hack it as a first baseman at the major league level. He’s not there yet. For me, this is a moment that got me believing that he could actually get to that point. I had previously been under the impression that there was NO way he could get there, and one of the main reasons I believed that was because he didn’t lay out for a single ball in the outfield last year. Not one. The other big reason was effort, but he’s been asking the Red Sox to allow him to stay in games longer in order to work on his defense. But if he’s willing to dive up the first baseline, get a little dirt on his jersey, and actually make the play in the process, then I’m in. He’s been making all the easy plays so far this spring, and I’ve been patiently waiting to see if not only would he be capable of making the difficult plays, but if he’d actually be willing to attempt to make the difficult plays. Slowly, but surely, I’m becoming a believer of Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox first baseman.