If you’re a New York Mets fan and you haven’t already fallen in love with Wilson Ramos, save the date. You’re about to feel weak in the knees.
Through all of the losing seasons, heartbreaking collapses, and petty Twitter battles with each other, New York Mets fans remain consistently positive in one element: showing love and respect for players who deserve it. For the most part, the fans are classy. There’s a true, genuine excitement for the athletes who give everything they can while wearing orange and blue.
In 2019, one of those new players I suspect will become a fan-favorite is catcher Wilson Ramos. The regular season has yet to begin, but it’s fair to say he’s already someone fans in Flushing adore.
Right away, Ramos earns brownie points from fans for simply signing in New York. He’s on a more-than-fair deal. He has said everything right, too.
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Ramos looks even better because he has a chance to end a drought of talent behind the plate. Mets fans are used to consistency from the catcher position. Since Paul Lo Duca left, they haven’t had any.
In many ways, Ramos is the perfect player for this team. I write this with no tongue in my cheek either. He’s the dream backstop this franchise needed.
Ramos is void of drama, a two-way player, and someone who could easily become a leader in the locker room. Based on everything I’ve seen, read, or heard, he’s a humble guy with the attitude that works well with this franchise.
For the next two or three years, the Mets know exactly who should get the majority of starts at the catcher spot. It’s a guy they saw for years as a member of the Washington Nationals. Though he was never the backbone of their franchise, his progress in recent years with them and other teams surely points him toward an even larger role with his new team.
One element missing from the Mets for several years now has been leadership. Yoenis Cespedes could lead with his bat and Jacob deGrom could anchor the rotation. But what about the general behind the plate? Where was he?
The Mets saw firsthand in 2015 how valuable a top-level catcher could be when Salvador Perez helped the Kansas City Royals win a championship. It was something they had known before during the days of Lo Duca, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, and Jerry Grote.
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Ramos isn’t joining the Mets with longevity in mind, but that wasn’t the point of the signing, was it? This team was looking to fill a void they’ve had for years. Ramos should fill it nicely and he better perfect his curtain call and hat tip quickly. I suspect he’ll be offering plenty of them.