Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers make their first appearance at the Marlins Park. With that being said one player we all know very well will make his first visit as a member of the opposing team. Hanley Ramirez, the underperforming superstar, will return in Dodger blue. In 14 games with Los Angeles, Ramirez is hitting a disappointing .226 with one home run and nine runs batted in. Despite these minuscule numbers, Hanley has been key to several clutch Dodger wins allowing Los Angeles to be positioned only one game behind division leading San Francisco.
As Ramirez enters the batter’s box this weekend against his former team, I expect a relatively mixed reaction from fans. After winning rookie of the year and a battle title with the Marlins as well as posting MVP caliber numbers from 2006 to 2010, I expect a positive reaction from many in attendance. However, his last two seasons with the team were marked by injury and disappointment. This team was built around him and due to his underperformance he may be undeservingly viewed as the long term scapegoat for the failures of this year’s Marlins team. This will earn him a hostile reaction from a significant number of fans. As such I expect a chorus of boos and cheers as the former face of the franchise is welcomed back to his old stomping grounds.