And thus the jinx is truly buried.
The Chicago Cubs, who snapped 108 years of futility with a World Series victory last fall, presented infamous fan Steve Bartman with a 2016 championship ring Monday as a special gift from team ownership, the Ricketts family, and the Cubs organization.
Bartman has remained out of the media spotlight since he was vilified by Cubs fans for tipping a foul ball that left fielder Moises Alou was trying to glove near the stands during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS that Chicago lost en route to blowing a 3-2 series lead to the Florida Marlins.
Miami has been widely seen as a seller this season as they have reportedly been selling on Dee Gordon, Justin Bour and even taken some phone calls on Giancarlo Stanton though he’s unlikely to be sold with the contract he has hanging over his head. And by trading Ramos they get back prospects Merandy Gonzalez, a pitcher, and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes. Both players have never played above A ball, but are currently ranked among the Mets’ top 22 prospects.
Why would the Mets trade for Ramos, though? They look to be out of the race and have little chance at making the postseason. Well, for one, Ramos can be locked up for cheap in arbitration this offseason so the Mets can get an affordable closer for next season if they get healthy and make a run then, and secondly, with teams making inquiries on Reed, the Mets could simply want insurance in case they sell their closer this season.
Who knows? We’ve seen some weird trade rumors this offseason as the Twins are reportedly already selling on Jaime Garcia, who they acquired barely more than a week ago, so maybe the Mets are trying Lebron Cheap Jerseys to package Ramos in a trade with a better-known player to get prospects back in a Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys blockbuster trade.