District 9: Wilson Ramos
We are putting our own spin on the traditional “10 Questions” format this season. To mix it up a little, we are asking players, front office members, coaches, prospects and others nine questions we think you’d like to know the answer to, then bringing you their responses in written and video form. This Q&A originally appeared in Volume 6, Issue 10 of Inside Pitch.
1. How happy are you to be back in the lineup after missing some games early in the season?
I am very happy because I want to help the team. It’s not easy to watch the game on TV – I’m happy to be back here with my teammates.
2. What emotions did you go through when you hit the go-ahead home run and had 5 RBIs in your first game back?
I was excited. I felt the same way as I did when I played my first game in the Majors. That was a great moment for me.
3. Did that rank among your best games ever? How did it compare with your walk-off base-hit against the Phillies last year and walk-off homerun against the Mariners three years ago?
For me, those three were all special moments. The biggest one was when I hit the walk-off homer, but July 4th was exciting, too.
4. What do you feel are your strongest qualities as a catcher?
My strongest qualities are throwing runners out on the bases, blocking balls in the dirt and just calling the game. I think calling the game is the most important thing for the catcher.
5. What’s your favorite part about calling a game?
The best part is when I put zeroes on the scoreboard. It’s great when I put something down (a sign) and the pitchers trust me.
6. Growing up in Venezuela, who were some players that you looked up to? Did you have any role models?
When I was young, I followed Ivan Rodriguez’s career. Getting an opportunity to play with him here was unbelievable for me. I also followed Miguel Cabrera when I was coming up.
7. Which is better for you – hitting a home run, or blocking the plate to get a guy out at home?
Those two are both good, but I feel most excited when I hit a homer. That’s the better moment for me. Blocking the plate is also good, but you don’t want to get hit, so a homer is better.
8. What are your personal goals for the rest of the season?
Stay healthy. After the surgery last year and two times on the DL this year, I don’t want to think about that. I just want to concentrate on staying healthy for the rest of the season. That’s the most important thing for me right now.
9. Do you have any team goals for the rest of the year?
Make it into the postseason. That’s the first step. You have to make it into the playoffs first, and then fight for the World Series.