When the Brewers first signed Aramis Ramirez I was like "cool, now most of Prince Fielder's production has been replaced and he is not Casey McGehee." I wasn't like Zack Greinke acquisition excited or even Shaun Marcum trade excited. He was just kind of there. You knew he'd be good, but you knew he wouldn't be really exciting either. Aramis Ramirez is just one of those guys who goes to work, hits for his numbers and then goes home. He doesn't run hard on grounders and he isn't super dramatic. He just does his job and at the end of the year you are almost surprised at how good he was.
Or at least that's how it was supposed to be. What we got instead was a dude who makes you mad that the Brewers aren't playing better because he is absolutely killing it this season. He hit. 374 in July, THREE SEVENTY FOUR. He's going to break the Brewers single season doubles record, that's going to happen. He might hit .300 which would be absolutely amazing considering he hit .214 in May. He's made just enough good plays and has a good fielding percentage at third base that he's being called a good third baseman and will probably get some Gold Glove votes. Really, this is actually happening. He's been good for 4.7 WAR so far this season. Prince Fielder? A mere 3.7 WAR. Prince who? Aramis is third among all ML 3B in wOBA which, again, is amazing when you consider he hit .214 in May. Aramis Ramirez has been a revelation and he is putting up one of the great Brewer hitting seasons of all time.
Of course, it doesn't matter. The Brewers are out of it and are in full on let's-get-this-over-with mode. The guys will keep hitting because hitting is what they do, but it's not the same. The great season of Aramis (and Braun) is wasted thanks to a pitching staff that couldn't do what it needed to do. Injuries can take some of the blame, but it's mostly the bullpen who simply failed to show up in 2012. It sucks, but that's the reality of the situation. The Brewers can play spoiler and the Brewers can be a team that contenders are afraid to play going forward, but it doesn't matter. The season is over.
That doesn't mean we can't enjoy what we're seeing though and Aramis Ramirez is super enjoyable right now. You always feel like he's going to come through in that big moment and sometimes he even surprises you. Like last night when he hit two homeruns, that was surprising (but at the same time unsurprising because Cubs.) He's become one of the players that I am legitimately excited to see come to bat and that is not something I ever thought would happen. Aramis Ramirez has become sexy and with that hairline I am not sure how anyone could have ever expected that.
I hope that the Brewers put out a better pitching staff next year and I hope that the team is better next year. Aramis Ramirez is only here for a short time and his window of being awesome is probably even shorter. He'll be 35 next season and it could be his last chance to put together a real elite season. I don't want to see that wasted. I want the Brewers to win the World Series next year. So do that please.
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