No hard feelings over play at second
Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez said Saturday he doesn’t hold anything against Astros second baseman Bill Hall for his hard slide in Friday’s game, a slide that forced Ramirez to leave the game with a bruised shin. He wasn’t in the lineup Saturday, but is listed as day-to-day.
In case you missed it, Hall slid across second base and topped Ramirez while trying to break up a double play in the seventh inning Saturday. Hall was briefly shaken up, but Ramirez had to be helped off the field.
Ramirez hasn’t seen a replay of the seventh-inning play and doesn’t plan to. The three-time All-Star believed it was a clean play and said he’s not upset with Hall and holds no ill will towards Hall.
“He got me pretty good, but he was just trying to do his job,” said Ramirez. “He was trying to break up a double play. You’re supposed to play the game hard and that’s the way he plays.”
Hall was glad Ramirez wasn’t seriously hurt.
“Obviously, you have to play this game hard,” Hall said. “I didn’t go in with ill intent. I’m an infielder myself, so I know what it feels like to be in those helpless positions. When you’re on the other side, you’ve still got to play the game hard. You’re risking injury yourself not playing the game hard.
“I’m going in hard, but his spin set left him out there. I’ve been in those positions myself and hopefully he’s not hurt too bad. Like I said, just got my ankle a little bit and I’ll be fine. It’s one of those things, you play the game hard and things like that happen.”
Hall said Ramirez started to scream as soon as the two collided.
“I knew it had a possibility of being bad,” he said. “I try to take guys out the right way – go shin on shin. I went shin on shin and unfortunately for him the throw was slow enough and with a guy on second I had a good enough lead that I could get in there fast. It was just one of those unfortunate plays. Hopefully he’s OK and get back in there tomorrow or the next day.”