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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Good Lord! The Giants Signed Ramirez! The Giants Signed Ramirez! Oh. Julio Ramirez

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 5:30 AM

click to enlarge It could be! It might be! It's ... not.
  • It could be! It might be! It's ... not.

Stroll past the Giants dugout store at AT&T Park and a smattering of jerseys catch your eye: Zito, Lincecum, Johnson -- and another. But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? Is that ... IT IS! A Ramirez jersey! No. 57! The Giants signed Ramirez!

And it's true! The Giants signed Ramirez. A man named Ramirez. A man named ... Julio Ramirez. Not Manny. Not today.

Of course, this prompts a pair of questions: Who the hell is Julio Ramirez? And Why is his road jersey for sale at AT&T Park?

Well, Julio Ramirez played 12 games for the Giants back in 2005; he went 1-for-4 with an RBI and three runs. And his jersey is for sale because the team has, in essence, emptied its dustbin of never-quite-made-it paraphernalia. Along with Ramirez, you could also buy $60 jersies emblazoned with the monikers of onetime up-and-comers like Justin Knoedler or Yamid Haad.

When SF Weekly asked who, exactly, Ramirez was, a Giants employee said he was "just some no-name minor leaguer," before noting that the price of this jersey was lower than one without a name or numbers. That's actually quite sad.

By the way, the Giants didn't sign Albert Pujols either (that's Luis Pujols' old uni):

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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