Aramis the Good
The internet is a fickle, fickle mistress. For the last half hour I've been working on an article about Aramis Ramirez. In that article, I lovingly pointed out that Ramirez has been overlooked this year as we all gaze in awe at Derrek Lee. I gave notice to Ramirez's numbers: something like a .358 batting average in June and July with 14 homeruns and 43 RBI.
I also indicated that Aramis was no one's first choice in July of 2003 when the Cubs were busy looking for a new third baseman. And he wasn't. We wanted Mike Lowell. But Hendry surprised us. He gave us a guy who hit 15 homeruns in 63 games in 2003, who broke the Cubs post season record for homeruns, who batted .318 the following season with 36 homeruns and 103 RBI, who's quietly on pace for 42 homeruns and 120 RBI this year.
I'm not saying it was the best article in the world, the one that the internet killed. In fact it was probably too wordy. But the point still needs to be made: Aramis Ramirez is the greatest third baseman the Cubs have had in my life time. Let's not forget that, even while Derrek Lee chases the Triple Crown.
Could anyone have imagined a Cubs team in which the corner infielders were on pace to hit more than 80 homeruns and drive in more than 270 RBI?