(Your Wilson Ramos Moment of Zen.)
Above, a clip of Wilson Ramos talking to the media back on January 28 before a Tigres de Aragua Venezuelan League playoff game, with the non-Dirty Dancing version of "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" blaring in the background. The music is distracting. Wait: did Ramos just say that he should be the Nationals starting catcher in 2011 over Pudge Rodriguez? Well, even if he didn't, we agree with him.
And it sounds like Pudge agrees, too. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that Ivan Rodriguez is at least saying he's comfortable with his role in Washington, on the same night he threw out the first pitch of a Caribbean Series game between Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic:
"This isn't a competition. Ramos and Flores are the catchers of the future, and I know that. I've always been the type of person that likes to help my teammates, and that's what I'm going to do with them. I'm happy to do it. ...
I'm just going to show up ready to play, like I always do. I'm not thinking about playing time, right now. Nobody has said anything to me about that. I'll show up to Spring Training, and we'll see what works best. All I know is that I'm ready and I feel great." (Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, via MLB.com, 2/4/2011)
Sounds good, but the presumptive future HOFer enter 2011 183 hits shy of 3,000 (he's at 2,817 - check our math); so it figures he'll be looking to get as many ABs this year so he can clear 3,000 hits by the end of 2012 (maybe with Texas, where he started his career all those years ago?), then head off into the sunset. Any takers?
The Nats announced a bunch of moves on Friday (via Ben Goessling/MASNSports.com): J.D. Martin (rhp), Carlos Maldonado (c) Kevin Barker (1B) signed minor league deals with invitations to spring training. Matt Chico (lhp), Derek Norris (c), Josh Wilkie (rhp), Jhonatan "can I buy a vowel" Solano (c) get invites to big league camp.