Jose Ramirez made his return to the Cleveland Indians lineup after a month away due to a hand injury. His return went as expected.
One may have expected a hit or two to be the highlight from his return. The most important thing is an Indians win.
Then he did this:
No words, but I will share my feelings anyway.
Ramirez has had a rough year and having surgery on his hand seemed to be and unfortunate end to his season. If you think the surgery was routine, check this out.
So essentially he hit that grand slam with a Frankenstein hand. Unbelievable.
Not only was it exciting but it put the Indians up 4-0 before the Chicago White Sox offense had a chance to bat. The Indians are up 5-0 in the second as I write this and Mike Clevinger is cruising. Making up a five-run deficit is going to be difficult.
I won’t say it is impossible because I don’t want to jinx it!
On a night of scoreboard watching and general stress, Ramirez returned with literally the best possible outcome. And that was only his first at-bat!
Maybe he will hit another home run tonight. Or two more!
All kidding aside, the key for him is to stay healthy and just return close to his old self. He is dealing with pain and anything he provides on offense is a bonus. The alternative is watching Ryan Flaherty hold down the hot corner and the bottom of the lineup.
Like I said, Ramirez has already exceeded expectations in one at-bat. I can’t wait to see what he does the rest of the night and throughout the rest of the week.