Nearly four hours before Sunday’s game, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos and General Manager Mike Rizzo were in the bullpen. Ramos was crouched down in his catcher’s position, as normal, but he was catching a familiar face: His 20-year old brother David.
Ramos, 24, requested the workout for his brother in front of Rizzo, hoping to help his family out. Ramos said his younger brother, one of five children in his family, lives with him in here in the Washington area.
“He throws well,” Ramos said of his brother in Spanish. “He was a little nervous.”
Ramos, who comes from a baseball-playing family, said his brother is an amateur baseball player in his native Venezuela and isn’t signed to a major league team. He said he hopes his brother, who has also played catcher, could possibly land with a team as a pitcher.
“We’ll see,” Ramos said with a smile. Rizzo “said he would help me out.”