The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ struggles on offense continued on Friday night in a 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Guardians, but a good laugh always helps ease the pain, no?
Long considered to be a future Dodger with trade rumors swirling around Cleveland the past few seasons, Jose Ramirez, currently among the frontrunners for the AL MVP award, showed off his ebullient personality upon arriving in LA for the weekend set.
Though he only went 1-for-4 with a run scored, he crossed the plate for the game-tying run, and that was enough to grab the win and show up fellow veteran Freddie Freeman, who went 1-for-4 with a walk.
While sitting around in the dugout, the cameras were on Ramirez calling for Freeman at first base and referencing the veteran’s Gold Glove defense at first base. Once Freeman realized what he was saying, Ramirez gave him a salute for his skills.
But we can’t forget about that offense! Freeman has been one of the best hitters in all of baseball for the last decade. However, in 2022, he’s witnessing a bit of a decline in his power numbers. Anything to worry about? Not really.
For Ramirez, though, it’s proof that he might be the better slugger at the moment, and he jokingly let Freeman know that, too.
Jose Ramirez praising and trolling Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman was hilarious
Funny stuff. Having a good time out there. That’s what it’s all about. But you know all jokes have some truth to them. Ramirez isn’t wrong here. He’s the second-most prolific hitter in MLB right now behind only Aaron Judge. The Guardians star is hitting .305 with a 1.039 OPS, 41 runs scored, 16 home runs, 62 RBI (leads MLB) and 11 stolen bases in 60 games.
If this was an NL rival, it probably wouldn’t fly among Dodgers fans, but LA doesn’t have to worry about Ramirez and his potent bat unless they were to meet in the World Series.
If we can’t get the hot mics on them while Ramirez is on first base for the rest of the series, then we’ll need a nice sequel to this interaction at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles a month from now.
In the meantime, Freeman will need to show Ramirez he truly is one of the best hitters in the game up close and personal because the Dodgers need something to give during these three weeks of offensive futility.