The Stat Line of the Night — 7/20/10 — Aramis Ramirez
Tuesday was a huge day for the Chicago Cubs. Their manager and leader Lou Piniella announced his retirement at the age of 66. Lou has been in the league for many years as a player, coach and manager. As the Cubs manager, he had taken the team to the playoffs twice but flamed out in the divisional round in back to back sweeps. This season, Lou seemed disinterested as the Cubs have limped to a 10-game deficit in the NL Central. One guy who had high expectations but has fallen far short of those is Aramis Ramirez. His season has been a disaster to this point, although he has shown signs of life the last couple weeks. His bat came alive last night in a 14-7 thumping of the Houston Astros.
The Astros went up early 6-0. In the 4th inning, Aramis put a solo shot over the left field fence to make it 6-1. Houston answered with a homer of their own in the 5th making it 7-1 and it looked like it was going to be a long night for the Cubbies. Then in the bottom half of the 5th with the Cubs trailing 7-3, Aramis blasted a 3-run shot to center field to bring the Cubs within 1 run. The Cubs offense continued to go crazy, taking the lead and stretching it to 11-7 in the 8th, when Ramirez hit another 3-run shot to give the Cubs a 14-7 lead. Ramirez finished the night 3-5 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs.
It may be too late for the Cubs to turn it around this season, but maybe Lou’s retirement can inspire the team. More importantly than that, Ramirez’s bat needs to stay hot if the Cubs are going to have any chance. For now he has won “The Stat Line of the Night”.