Before signing with the Mets, Wilson Ramos knew exactly how tough it was to play in the NL East. And it is not because he was traded from the Rays to the Phillies at the trade deadline last season.
Ramos played six seasons with the Nationals from 2011-2016, and was an All-Star in his final season with the team before heading to Tampa in 2017. So, when the PA announcer called out his name during the Opening Day ceremony at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon, the Nats faithful showered him with cheers.
"I liked playing here," Ramos told The Post's Mike Puma. "There is nothing better than the field and you feel support from the fans. We played six good years here, the fans gave me great support, so they make me feel very good every time I come back here." 1
"That's what I try to do, help those guys, but they have the ball, "Ramos said. "They have the decision, and that is what I told them:" You have the decision. If you don't want to throw that pitch, let me know, and we will do another thing. " But those guys have been throwing very good, they trust me and I'm very happy for them. "[Edit] DeGrom is not the only one Cy Young winner Ramos has had the pleasure of catching. In fact, deGrom's opponent in Max Scherzer who also put on a great, 7 2/3 innings performance despite taking the loss, was tossing to Ramos in 2016 during his Cy Young run.
"Both pitchers are really good," Ramos said. "They have been really good and with guys like that you don't have much to do."
Scherzer may still be on the Nats, but the team has changed a lot since Ramos was featured on it. Washington is trusting in their youngsters like Juan Soto and Victor Robles to be productive in a lineup that still touts veterans like Ryan Zimmermann and Anthony Rendon . It's that change that has Ramos hitting the movie room on the neophytes.
"Right now there is a lot of young players that I don't know yet and I have to start studying those young guys," Ramos said . "The old guys played when I first came up to the big leagues, I was playing long time against them, but the new guys I have to know more about them. guys. "
No matter the division opponent, though, Ramos is ready to call his best game behind the record and produce at the disc as well. In his Mets debut, Ramos went 1-for-4 at the dish.