Slowing down this clip of Hanley Ramirez getting drilled in the arm by a 98 MPH fastball turns it into a veritable ballet of pain.
I guess the Cardinals had it out for Hanley Sunday night because they hit him not once but twice. The first shot caused Clayton Kershaw to retaliate, which in turn prompted Matt Holliday to slide hard into Hanley.
After the second Ramirez drilling, there will probably have to be another retaliation at some point in the future. This is how bean ball wars get started.
Ramirez had x-rays on his arm after the game but they came back negative. So at least no bones were broken. There is probably at least a contusion though, possibly one of those deep contusions.
Forgive Ramirez if he’s a little gun shy for awhile. It’s just that people keep hitting him in vulnerable parts of his body with baseballs flung at high velocity.
Spheroids in general may cause Ramirez some emotional distress in the near term. Try to keep him away from oranges, globes and crystal balls for awhile. And don’t let him look at the full moon.