Hanley Ramirez was asked why it was his preference to be involved in a trade that would make the Dodgers the team of his future.
He pointed to his past.
"I grew up watching the Dodgers," Ramirez said before his 10th-inning home run Friday gave Los Angeles a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants. "There's a lot of history in this organization. They have a lot of support from the fans and the front office does a good job. They put a good team on the field every year."
The 28-year-old was the centerpiece of a deal with the Marlins late Tuesday night. His agent has said publicly it was his preference to be traded to the Dodgers.
Ramirez, a former batting champion once considered to be among the game's best players, cited a fellow countryman and former Dodger to be among the players he enjoyed watching growing up.
"I remember watching (shortstop Jose) Offerman playing for the Dodgers and he was one of my favorite" players, Ramirez said.
Ramirez, described by former teammates as a malcontent according to published reports, was all smiles in the Dodgers clubhouse.
"It's a new beginning," he said. "I'm happy to be here."
Asked what his whirlwind week has been like, Ramirez called it "awesome."
He declined to comment when asked about reports that said his former Miami Marlins teammates were happy to see him go.
Ramirez says he couldn't be happier
L.A. Daily News | Jul 28