Three weeks at home when he normally would be playing baseball has given Wilson Ramos a new perspective on life.
“It’s the first time I have spent too much time off without a job, it’s crazy,” the Mets catcher told The Post in a phone conversation this week. “At some point you wake up and want to be in the stadium. When guys have played a lot of years and they retire, I understand why they are crying every time they retire, because it’s not easy to be out of a job for too long.”
As players in all professional sports leagues await a signal about the fate of their respective seasons following the COVID-19 outbreak, Ramos is spending time with family at his home in South Florida, playing with his three children and fishing in a lake behind his backyard.
Baseball workouts have mostly consisted of playing catch with his cousin, Efren Ramos — a pitcher in the Mets’ minor league system. A portable batting cage arrived Monday that will allow Wilson Ramos to resume hitting. The baseball facilities and parks near his home are closed, leaving him without other options.
“We need to play,” Ramos said. “It’s not easy to be out of baseball for a complete year, so hopefully we start playing soon. I know it’s a hard situation, the coronavirus is very dangerous right now and a very strong virus, but hopefully they get some vaccine for that and we start getting close to playing.”
Ramos said he was surprised to find out Noah Syndergaard had torn an ulnar collateral ligament, which necessitated Tommy John surgery that will keep him sidelined into 2021. The two had been paired in spring training with the hope of getting in sync after a rocky first season together.
“I heard that news, and it was bad for us, especially because we were getting on the same page,” Ramos said. “We were talking with better communication. Spring training was pretty good, better communication, better page and he was one of the aces on the team, so it’s hard to not have that guy in the rotation, so it’s not going to be good for us.
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“He was throwing good. I don’t know what happened. I was thinking and talking with my family here, with my cousin and my uncle, like ‘How did that happen?’ We don’t know. He was throwing really good in the spring, so I got really surprised with that.”
Ramos said he has been in regular communication with manager Luis Rojas and catching instructor Brian Schneider about keeping sharp, but added there is no rush to get too ready to play.
“I know we are not going to play soon, so we have got plenty of time to start training no matter where we are training,” Ramos said. “We have to stay training at home. As soon as we get the call, I am 100 percent sure we will give it two or three weeks before we start playing. That time is going to be good time to get ready for the season.”
Until then, Ramos will try to enjoy his time away from the game he misses so much.
“The best medicine right now is to stay at home, so that is what I am doing,” he said. “Stay at home, chilling here, enjoying my family, enjoying my kids, play with them, do a little bit of my job and just waiting for the call everybody is waiting for.”
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