Shortstop Alexei Ramirez takes pride in his durability
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter August 23, 2014 8:56PM
Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, right, shakes hands with Yogi Berra as the Yankees retired Torre's number before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) ORG XMIT: NYOTK
Updated: September 26, 2014 1:37PM
NEW YORK — Bronx-born Woody Allen once said 80 percent of success in life is showing up.
Cuban-born Alexei Ramirez says that, where he comes from, showing up all the time is more like it.
‘‘When I was in Cuba, one thing I learned is that when you’re good to go, you play,’’ Ramirez said. ‘‘But you try to play even more when you’re hurt. That’s what measures the character of the player sometimes.’’
The Sox played their 129th game Saturday, and Ramirez, who turns 33 on Sept. 22, played in his 128th. That’s 10 more than Dayan Viciedo, who is second on the Sox’ games-played list.
Ramirez, who doubled in Conor Gillaspie for the Sox’ first run in their 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees, is showing no sign of fatigue as September approaches. He is hitting .309 with three home runs and 16 RBI in his last 32 games and has committed one error in his last 44. He also is playing with a sore hand from being hit by a pitch Aug. 15.
‘‘First of all, I love what I do,’’ said Ramirez, who played in 158 games in each of the previous three seasons. ‘‘The second thing is, I prepare myself so I don’t get injured. I prepare in the offseason, and in the season I stay in the same routine.’’
Ramirez is batting .286 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI. He leads American League shortstops with a .982 fielding percentage and has been involved in 97 double plays, including two Saturday, the most among major-league shortstops.
Losing pitcher Scott Carroll was far from great, allowing seven hits and three walks in six innings. But he was the victim of a double on a fly ball that left fielder Alejandro De Aza lost in the sun, an error by second baseman Carlos Sanchez that led to an unearned run and, inexplicably, catcher Adrian Nieto not attempting to catch right fielder Avisail Garcia’s throw home on a sacrifice fly.
Nieto said he heard Carroll,
who was backing him up, yell at cutoff man Jose Abreu to let the throw go through but thought he was yelling at him. Had Nieto caught the ball on the hop, he likely would have tagged Yankees baserunner Martin Prado out easily. Instead, Prado scored the Yankees’ fifth run.
‘‘I looked back, and [Carroll] said, ‘What happened?’ ’’ Nieto said. ‘‘I was like, ‘You said let it go.’ And he said, ‘I was talking to Abreu.’ Miscommunication, you know.’’
De Aza lost a fly by Brian McCann that fell for a leadoff double in the fourth. McCann
went on to score the Yankees’ second run.
‘‘He’s had that a couple of times [lost in the sun],’’ manager Robin Ventura said of De Aza. ‘‘You need to get around it enough to take the sun out of it.’’
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Recently inducted Hall of
Fame manager Joe Torre had his No. 6 unveiled with the 16 other retired Yankees numbers in Monument Park in a pregame ceremony.
† Outfielder Adam Eaton started his injury-rehab stint at Class AAA Charlotte and might join the Sox for the opener of their homestand Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.