Keibert Ruiz learned English watching the Fast & Furious movie franchise.
Joe Davis, FOX Sports play-by-play commentator, shared an interesting story about Ruiz. During a broadcast of the Los Angeles Dodgers vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ballgame on Sunday, Davis shared a fun fact about the Dodgers sixth youngest catcher in team history. This fact involved how the 22-year-old rookie from Valencia, Venezuela, learned English.
“@Joe_Davis shared that Ruiz learned how to speak English among other ways, by watching the Fast & Furious movies,” Alanna Rizzo, SportsNet LA reporter, tweeted. “My mom learned how to speak it by watching commercial repetition. I praise him for trying to learn a new language while still trying to perform at the highest level.”
Add this to the list of interesting facts about Ruiz. The catcher who homered on his first MLB at bat on Saturday. He became the seventh player in Dodger history to do such and the first since 1994 when Garey Ingram had done so. While making history, that home run revealed that Ruiz is a quick learner.
“The irony is that the hitting guys have really been working with Keibert on getting backspin from the pull side, and that’s exactly what he did and he’ll have the memory forever,“ Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Ruiz is a top 100 MLB prospect slotted at No. 79. While the switch hitter has some power, he is best known for his defensive ability. He is agile and equipped with a strong arm that serves as a threat to catch any runners who try to steal second base when Ruiz is behind the plate.