After Wilson Ramos was selected to his first All-Star Game on Wednesday night, he took to instagram to thank God, his family, friends, and fans. The post is not only on par with his great-to-excellent instagram game and an indicator that he’s ready to accept a Grammy, but it’s also a reminder that the ASG can mean more than home field advantage.
Quiero darle las gracias primeramente a Dios por esta gran bendición y sueño hecho realidad… A mi abuelo, que desde el cielo se que está muy feliz por este logro alcanzado, también quiero darle las gracias a mi hermosa familia, amigos y fanáticos por todo el apoyo que me brindaron para estar presente en mi “1er Juego de Estrellas”! Dios los bendiga a todos, “El Buffalo”. I want to said thanks god for bless me and help me to make this dream true… To my grandfather who i know he is very happy for this moment And my carreer also to my beautiful family, friends, fans for all the support you give it to me to be in my first “All Star Game” God bless everybody “The Buffalo”
Ramos earned his spot after losing his grandfather, to whom he was close and whose death caused him to take a week long bereavement leave early in the season. Ramos’ career in the big leagues also includes being kidnapped from his home in Venezuela after the 2011 season. Over the years since, the catcher’s playing time has soared and dropped and soared again due to injuries, while his offensive production plummeted in 2015 after a number of seasons near average.
But this year has been different for Willy: Since his pre-season Lasik surgery, his .340/.396/.563 triple-slash line, 155 wRC+, and 2.7 fWAR lead all qualified catchers in the MLB. Accordingly, he’ll play on a stage with the best in baseball, where he belongs. Plus, it’s a chance to possibly hear Ramos drop inspirational quotes that might rival “Willy, you’ve got to do this.”