I have always found it odd the affection Cubs fans have had for certain players. We have seen the social media explosion when players like Tony Campana were traded away. Also, when David Dejesus came back to Wrigley Field after being traded in 2013 he received a standing ovation from the Wrigley faithful. Although he had a pretty good run with the Cubs he only played for them for a little over a year. Other guys include: Ryan Theriot(not anymore), Mark Derosa(great career with Chicago but only played 2 seasons) and Mike Fontenot.
Player A played for the Cubs for nine years and put up a triple slash of .294/.356/.531
Player B played for the Cubs for three years and put up a triple slash of .232/.330/.394
While the fans will celebrate Player B, Player A is often booed upon his return to Wrigley. Player B is Luis Valbuena; he really came into his own with the Cubs and was a real nice buy low piece that eventually netted the Cubs Dexter Fowler this offseason. Unfortunately for this piece we won’t know the reception he will get from the Cubs fans because the Astros and Cubs do not play each other this season but I can almost guarantee he will get a lot of love. I will miss Valbuena and his bat flips nearly every time he makes contact but it is sad to think he gets more love than former Cub, Player A, Aramis Ramirez.
Aramis Ramirez is one of my favorite players of all time. I did not get to see Ron Santo play so Aramis Ramirez is the best Cubs third basemen of my lifetime. He came over from Pittsburgh in Jim Hendry’s best trade while general manager of the Cubs. The Cubs received Kenny Lofton and Aramis Ramirez for Bobby Hill, Jose Hernandez and Matt Bruback.
Now with the Brewers, Ramirez comes back to Wrigley Field and does not get cheered, but for the most part is booed. It is not everyone but even watching the games you can hear the boos getting picked up by the broadcast. Similar to what Starlin Castro goes through with Cub fans is that they thought Ramirez was “lazy”. To those people I just shake my head.
Think about the great moments he gave us: Grand Slam off Dontrelle Willis in game 4 of the 2003 NLCS, his walk off home run against Milwaukee in 2007, the 2008 walk off home run off Scott Linbrink in the Crosstown Classic (I was in the bleacher for that one), two all star appearances, a Silver slugger and a Hank Aaron Award. In fact, he is one of the best Cubs players we have seen since coming to the club in 2003. Did anyone destroy a hanging breaking ball quite like Aramis?
It is time to give Aramis Ramirez what he deserves and that is some love when he returns to Wrigley this season. Really it does not necessarily need to be a standing O but he deserves some love from the crowd he spent most of his career playing in front off. A player that gave us so much in his time with the Cubs deserves to be appreciated.