February 22, 2024

Aramis Ramírez and Kerry Wooden stood on the steps to the principle stage Friday night time on the Cubs Conference, nonetheless not completely clear why they’d been summoned to Chicago for the weekend’s fan festivities.

Then a video performed that includes voice-overs by their sons, Justin Wooden and Aramis Ramírez Jr., who introduced the 2 shall be inducted into the Cubs Corridor of Fame this summer time. Neither participant had learn beforehand of the consideration.

“I used to be so caught off guard,” Wooden mentioned. “You’re listening to the video and then you definitely begin to hear your son’s voice and it’s like, oh, and then you definitely’re making an attempt to compose it earlier than you exit (on stage).”

The previous teammates spent seven seasons (2003-08, 2011) collectively in a Cubs uniform, showing in 4 postseason sequence.

“The wins we had as a staff, the losses that we had collectively and what we went via as a gaggle there and for him to be part of it and him to go in along with me and have it’s a shock each of us and each of our sons on there speaking — it was a fairly particular second,” Wooden, 46, mentioned.

Ramírez had initially deliberate to be dwelling within the Dominican Republic this weekend till his agent informed him he wanted to get to Chicago however couldn’t reveal why.

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“Any time you could have a optimistic impression on followers is an efficient factor,” Ramírez, 45, mentioned. “We did that, these groups did that. They knew we left it on the sphere and do our greatest. We didn’t win the World Collection however each single yr we battle, we compete, we performed via accidents.”

Ramírez completed his Cubs profession as the most effective third basemen in franchise historical past. He posted a .294/.356/.531 slash line and 126 OPS+ with 239 dwelling runs, 256 doubles and 806 RBIs. In two stints with the group spanning 12 seasons, Wooden owned a 3.67 ERA in 341 appearances (178 video games). He most memorably struck out 20 batters in his fifth profession begin and hit a house run in Recreation 7 of the 2003 Nationwide League Championship Collection.

Requested whether or not there’s something about his journey that he has been in a position to admire extra within the years since his retirement, Wooden mentioned, “It’s the accidents, it’s being written off by some media and a few followers all through.

“And I perceive. As many instances as I used to be on the DL, that’s comprehensible, however the majority of the fan base sticking with you and among the naysayers is what helps inspire guys, it truly is. And so for me to be informed by followers and a few media and a few docs, like, you’re most likely not ever going to have the ability to do it once more and to have the ability to bounce again and grind via it and wish to stop so many instances after which maintain doing it. There was a stretch the place I simply performed so (Justin) may see me, so he may get sufficiently old to know that I did what I did.”

Sammy Sosa was among the many gamers eligible to be inducted by the panel assembled by the staff. Ramírez, who performed 1 1/2 seasons with Sosa, want to see him be inducted into the Cubs Corridor of Fame.

“Numbers-wise, yeah, no one has higher numbers than Sammy Sosa,” Ramírez mentioned. “I don’t understand how the connection with the Cubs and Sammy is true now. … He’s a Dominican identical to me. He did plenty of nice issues in Chicago. Once I obtained traded right here, he was one of many position fashions with the Cubs. I appeared as much as him, confirmed up and performed arduous each single day. You may ask each single teammate he’s had — I respect him for that.

“He did some improper issues, however no one’s excellent.”