Sun, Jul 29th 2012, 07:56
As he raced around third base, Hanley Ramirez saw the extended, rigid arms of third base coach Tim Wallach.
He kept going anyway.
“Maybe,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly joked afterward, “they had a different sign in Miami than the universal hands up.”
Ramirez’s disregard for the directive had a happy ending Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park, the speedy infielder sliding home safely in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
He scored after running all the way from first base on Jerry Hairston Jr.‘s double down the right-field line, continuing to infuse a jolt of energy in his new team. Only four games into his career as a Dodger, Ramirez is stirring reminders of another late-season acquisition the team made in 2008 involving a player with the same last name.
Except this is not Hanley being Manny.
This is better.
“That deal, you get another Matt Kemp in a sense,” Mattingly said, referring to the Dodgers’ center fielder. “You get a guy that can fly, that’s got power, that is that type of player.”
Ramirez, 28, has flashed all of those skills and more in the first two games of this series. On Friday, he made a nice stop of a hard grounder by Justin Christian and then delivered the game-winning two-run home run in the 10th inning.