Farewell, Aramis Ramirez. During your time with these Chicago Cubs, you were a really really good hitter.
We used to call you Clutchy McClutcherson, and you totally deserved it. Those 9th inning home runs against the White Sox... Too much.
In nine years with the Cubs, you hit .294/.356/.531 over 4705 plate appearances. Gee willikers. Your best season with the boys in blue was probably your first full year at Wrigley, when, at age 26, you hit .318/.373/.578 (a .951 OPS) with 36 home runs and 103 RBI.
One of my favorite games of yours was against the Cardinals, I don't remember the year (2005?), but it was in St. Louis, at night — probably on Sunday Night Baseball — and your late three-run bomb sent the game to extras, and set the stage for a Neifi Perez grand slam to win later on (that seriously happened).
I think you will probably be a pretty good hitter next year, so it will be sad to see you smack 20+ homers for the stupid Brewers. It would have been cool if you were able to retire a Cub, but I guess this team is all about defense now, which I guess maybe some players are better with the glove than you. So that's too bad. I still think you have a strong arm to first, make good throws, play hard — all the good stuff. A three-year, $34 million deal stands a good chance of working out well for Milwaukee.
There's some less-than-awesome stuff I'm sort of thinking about in the back of my head (I guess I'll say one thing: you're a fantastic Robin, but I'm not sure about you as a Batman). But really right now I just want to think about all the good times we had. You were really fun to watch as a Cub.
Thanks for the good times!!!!!!!!11
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