The first time Hanley Ramirez walked toward the batter's box at half-empty Marlins Park on Friday night, the vocal crowd was divided in its response.
But with every at-bat Ramirez took, the reaction became increasingly one-sided — for the worse. Playing as a visitor for the first time in the stadium he called home only three weeks ago, Ramirez was being booed.
"Everybody has haters, you know?" he said, smiling. "But it's OK. I still love them. There was a lot of support those seven years I was down here."
Ramirez's performance in the Dodgers' 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins was a reminder of his better days here, before he was accused of not hustling or of being a bad teammate.
Ramirez resembled the player who won a batting title and was a three-time All-Star, as he collected three hits, scored a run and drove in two more, including the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.
"I don't expect anything less from him," pitcher Clayton Kershaw said. "He's one of the most talented guys I've ever played with, just tools-wise. He's starting to get locked in and that's a good thing for us."
Ramirez acknowledged this was a game he was glad was over. He didn't go out of his way to interact with his former teammates, unlike reliever Randy Choate, who made the move from Miami to Los Angeles with him. Choate was in the Marlins clubhouse before the game.
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