Crazier things have happened than teams overcoming a nine-game deficit to win a wild-card spot. Like Friday night the Mets acquired Marlins closer A.J. Ramos despite the fact they are five games under .500 and nine games back of the Rockies for the second wild-card spot.
The Mets acquired the All-Star Ramos for two prospects from the Marlins with an apparent desire to spell Addison Reed in the bullpen down the stretch. Ramos currently has a 3.63 ERA with 20 saves on the season.
“A.J. is an outstanding pitcher,” Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday night (via ESPN). “Gives us another end of the game guy which is tremendously helpful. The nights whether (Addison Reed) closes or not, we’ve got another closer down there. That means a lot to us.”
Of course, you knew he’d thank Craig Biggio, his longtime teammate with the Astros, but his heartfelt thanks were even more touching than you’d expect.
Biggio played alongside Bagwell during the first baseman’s entire 15-year career in Houston, and the two players were close on and off the field, as were their families. They’re both commemorated with statues outside the Astros’ Minute Maid Park, second baseman Biggio hurling a ball to an outstretched Bagwell at first.
And now the two Astros legends are enshrined in Cooperstown together (Biggio was inducted in 2015). Biggio appeared in a video introducing Bagwell at his introduction, and Bagwell gaves his MLB Jerseys China thanks near the end of his acceptance speech.
“The last teammate I want to talk about obviously is Craig Biggio,” Bagwell said. “Thank New Cheap Jerseys you, kid, for that wonderful intro. That was great.