“He just seems to be smiling a lot more the last couple of days,” Choate said.
Choate thought that might be because Ramirez was freed of the expectations that were placed on him in Miami.
“It seemed there were a lot of expectations fell solely on him and a lot of blame fell solely on him,” Choate said. “It just seemed the more that we started failing, the more he started getting blamed.”
Ramirez didn’t discount the theory. He was only 25 when he hit .342 and won the National League batting title.
“If you hit .350, they expect you to hit .360, .370 the next year,” he said.
Ramirez doesn’t think that will be a problem with the Dodgers because players such as Matt Kemp andAndre Ethier will be around to share the burden.