Horns Up for Surprise First Pitch Replacement (Video)

WASHINGTON — It’s said that buffalo, when faced with a storm, head into it while most other animals run away or hide in place. Such was the case at Nationals Park on Friday evening, for Game 1 of the 2016 National League Division Series.

Wilson Ramos, known lovingly as “the Buffalo,” was the Washington Nationals’ surprise celebrity for the team’s first pitch. He took the place of longtime Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez, whose travel plans were interrupted by Hurricane Matthew in the Atlantic.

Chants of “Wil-soooooooon!” boomed from the capacity crowd. He waved in appreciation and quickly threw the pitch to home plate. It wasn’t quite a strike, but given that Ramos needs surgery to repair the ACL and meniscus injuries that ended his 2016 season prematurely, we’ll cut him some slack:

It wasn’t quite a strike, but given that Ramos is fresh off of surgery to repair the ACL injury that ended his 2016 season prematurely, we’ll cut him some slack:

After it became apparent eearlier this week that Hernandez would miss the game, the Nats did a nice job keeping this Plan B under wraps. It was a nice opportunity for fans to recognize Ramos, who had a career year offensively before a freak landing from a leaping catch tore his ACL on September 26.

The timing of his injury could not be worse for Ramos or the Nats, as the club heads to the postseason with no time to scramble for a top of the line replacement.

For Ramos, 2016 was a perfect contract season, as he is scheduled to enter free agency following the World Series. With so much unknown about the team’s direction and player’s future, it was a great idea to live in the moment and appreciate what he means to the fans.

 

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