One of the takeaways of Hanley Ramirez’ gathering with the press Thursday was just how affable the veteran slugger was.
As John Zannis put it, Ramirez seemed to take on the old Big Papi persona that’s been missing since David Ortiz called it a career at the end of the 2016 season. Entering his third season back in Boston, Ramirez seemingly sees an opportunity to become a leader.
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was asked about Ramirez emerging as a leader in a 1-on-1 conversation with Trenni Kusnierek afterwards.
“I think so,” Dombrowski replied, “and for people that didn’t know Hanley, say in the past, they would look at him and they would say, ‘Well, look, there’s one of the leaders of the Red Sox organization.’
“And there’s been a transformation from him over the last couple of years. I can’t really speak why because, again, having been around him just a limited time period, but this past year, in 2016, he was outstanding with his work ethic, with his abilities, with his attitude day-in and day-out and he steps up here now as one of our leaders.
“And he’s earned that not only ability-wise, but being in a position the way he’s handled himself, the way he’s worked hard and the way that he’’s worked hard over the wintertime. He is one of the leaders of our ball club and a very instrumental part of our club.”