At the start of the season Jose Ramirez was struggling so bad, I made a horrid hot take that fellow CST writer Ian Tumey has never let me live down ever since. In order to tell the hot take, I have to take you back to when it all really happened last October. Jose Ramirez was coming off such great season in 2017 that he finished 3rd in the MVP balloting right behind Jose Altuve and Aaron Judge. When the postseason came about Ramirez struggled against the Yanks going 2-20 at the plate as the Indians would go on to lose in five games. Ramirez seemed to carry his bad luck into the start of the 2018 season. Jose went hitless in his first four games that it frustrated me so bad that it happened…..
We are asked to give “Hot Takes” at CST for our weekly article and with being so frustrated at JRAM I said it, “JRAM needs to be sent down to AAA.” And since that time, JRAM has put up numbers. He is now tied for the lead with 23 homers and that’s in all of baseball. His average is now up to .296 which is worldly compared to his .000 at the start of the first four games of the season. Aside from the numbers, JRAM is one most admirable players in the game.
JRAM was asked to describe his game and his answer was one-word “aggressive.” Jose’ relentless effort and goofy locker-room antics have made him a fan favorite in Cleveland. Ramirez a native of the baseball factory, the Dominican Republic, was signed by the Indians in 2009 as a 17-year-old. Ramirez made his debut with the Indians in September of 2013 and has not looked back. In 2017, Ramirez made the All-Star game and won the Silver Slugger all for the first time in his career.
When you take to Twitter you will often find Indians fans referring to JRAM as “The GOAT.” After endless research, I have not been able to pinpoint exactly when Ramirez and the GOAT reference came about. However, on June 19, 2016 (Father’s Day) Ramirez hit a walk-off single against the White Sox and all of Cleveland knows what transpired later that night. But one thing is for sure Ramirez’s walk-off single will be forever linked to LeBron’s epic block shot and the Cavs’Game 7 win capping the single greatest day in Cleveland sports history.
This article is dedicated to a true JRAM fan Ian Tumey…..