White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez losing sleep over poor series
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s been a rough series for shortstop Alexei Ramirez, whose assortment of misplays and questionable judgment may have cost the White Sox victories in the first two games of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ramirez said he took it hard, so much so that he didn’t sleep well Saturday night.
“We need to win some games. We need to play better defense,” Ramirez said Sunday morning.
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“As you get older you try and figure out ways to cheat,” Parent said. “I played with Cal [Ripken] for a number of games, he just got a little smarter and played the mental game more. He watched the swing of the bat, the approach, the pitch that was put down and tried to cheat. Years of experience enables you to do that. If Alexei is doing that, I couldn’t tell you, the communication from Spanish to English you don’t know. With a guy like Cal, he was always talking about it so you knew. You lose a step, maybe your bat is not as quick.”
Ramirez also let a soft fly that he tried chasing down behind second glance off his glove that cost the Sox a run in their 7-5 loss Friday. He wasn’t charged with an error but it looked like a catchable ball.
“He has a lot of pride and he doesn’t want to let people down,” said coach Joe McEwing, who works with the infielders. “So he is tough on himself. It’s easy to be negative. You have to keep grinding and be positive.”
Ramirez’s offense has been subpar, too. He went into Sunday’s game with a .235/.253/.317 slash line with two homers and 24 RBI.