Cleveland Guardians Backtrack Tweet About Bettors Chasing Superstar José Ramírez

The social media team of the MLB Cleveland Guardians’ Twitter is backtracking on a tweet that bizarrely claimed that the team’s best player as a youth in the Dominican Republic was regularly chased by angry bettors with “machetes and guns.”

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José Ramírez of the Cleveland Guardians celebrates defeating the New York Yankees 4-2 in 10 innings in game two of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 14, 2022. The Guardians’ third baseman is the subject of an upcoming Bally Sports feature that has caused some confusion among the team’s social media department. (Image: Getty)

José Ramírez plays third base for the Cleveland Guardians — formerly the Indians until a renaming in 2021. Ramírez is the face of the franchise who has spent all 10 years of his MLB career in Cleveland. During that time, Ramírez has been selected to the All-Star game four times.

Ramírez is one of the league’s coolest customers who rarely loses his temper and is seemingly always ready for the big moment. During Cleveland’s game this week against the Oakland A’s, Cleveland’s local play-by-play announcers teased an upcoming feature on the 30-year-old that’s set to air tomorrow night on Bally Sports in the Ohio & Great Lakes market.

Bally Sports Great Lakes broadcasters Matt Underwood and Rick Manning discussed why Ramírez is prepared for every occasion regardless of the pressure. They said his roots playing in his native Dominican Republic made him into the unfazed player that he is today.

Dominican Past

The Bally Sports announcers said that Ramírez’s ability to seize the moment in the big leagues is presumably because of the stress he endured playing the game as a teen in the Dominican. Ramírez reportedly told journalist Andre Knott, who is producing the feature for Bally Sports, that bettors in the Dominican regularly made their frustrations known to players who didn’t play well.

One of the things that José talked to Andre about is that kind of pressure. He said when he played winter ball in the Dominican, when there are people screaming at you that they will do harm to you if you don’t play well, he said, ‘You play in the big leagues, that’s a walk in the park,’” Manning recounted.

Ramírez referenced to Knott an incident when he was just 13 years old that involved a bettor in the stands who brandished a machete. Players took notice.

“The story goes that one of the leagues he played in with adults — he was only 13 years old — there was a machete behind home plate,” Manning said. “That’s the type of intimidation that he dealt with as he grew up.”

Team Tweet Delete

The Cleveland Guardians social media team soon after the on-air discussion between Underwood and Manning tweeted about the story, but seemingly exaggerated the account.

As a 13-year-old, José Ramírez played in a gambling league with adults to earn money for his family,” the since-deleted tweet from the team’s official Twitter account told its more than 1.1 million followers. “In certain circumstances, bettors would gamble on a player to have a positive outcome. If they didn’t come through, they would be chased home by gamblers with machetes and guns.”

Awful Announcing, a sports media analysis website, pondered how the team’s social media managers reached such a bizarre recount.

“How in the world did a team Twitter account tweet those words in that order?” questioned Awful Announcing writer Andrew Bucholtz.

Titled “Revealed,” the Bally Cleveland feature on Ramírez airs tomorrow evening following the afternoon home opener of the Guardians’ 2023 season at Progressive Field.

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