Monday night’s 4-2 win had to give Jerry Narron and Tom Hume particular joy because of the performance of 23-year-old Elizardo Ramirez. It’s only one start, but seven strong innings from an unexpected source was great to see. Talking to him after the game (mostly through his interpretor/catcher, Javier Valentin), Elizardo was quick to thank Mario Soto, now the Louisville pitching coach, for helping him develop a better change-up. Before I turned the microphone on to talk to Elizardo, Jerry Narron reminded him, "Don’t forget to call Mario Soto!"
It’s always great to see a young pitcher succeed, get his first big league win, get the ball, and in this case, get his first hit too.
So 13-7 after 20 games, the best start in 12 years, not bad. Loooooooong way to go, but it sure beats a poor start. The win guaranteed a winning road trip. And what a great story Brandon Phillips has been. Again, it’s early, but another young guy enjoying success (National League Player of the Week), after an unbelievable week, in which he drove in 17 runs.
Off the field, it’s been a busy couple of days for me. As much as I would have loved to do some sightseeing here, I’ve visited friends in Baltimore Monday and relatives in Virginia today, both visits that were long overdue on my part. But this is a GREAT city to have as a regular stop in the National League. From where we’re staying, most of what you’d want to visit in Washington is pretty close. Now it’s off to RFK for more baseball…