We have seen it all in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
Puerto Rico going blond and getting a weird mercy-rule aided perfect game, Shohei Ohtani dominating on the mound and at the plate, Great Britain winning a game, a young pitcher striking out MLB stars and getting a contract shortly after the game, and more.
There should still be a space for those who want to raise awareness, like Colombia’s Harold Ramirez.
The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder is playing for his country, and trying to remind people that together we can do more for people with Autism.
“After Harold Ramirez’s son was diagnosed with Autism, he dyed his hair blue to help raise awareness and support those affected by it,” Fox Sports MLB tweeted.
After Harold Ramirez's son was diagnosed with Autism, he dyed his hair blue to help raise awareness and support those affected by it 💙🇨🇴@jonmorosi has the story ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/LATGgUpE5H
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 14, 2023
Per the CDC, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Scientists believe there are multiple causes of ASD that act together to change the most common ways people develop. People with ASD may behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from most other people.”
Speaking of Autism awareness, World Autism Awareness Day is on April 2.
It’s a shame that there will not be a World Baseball Classic game that day, but Ramirez can take the initiative to the major leaguers and show that hope-filled blue color on his hair.
Ramirez is an important part of the Rays’ outfield rotation, usually playing in one of the corners.
Although he doesn’t have too much power to speak of, he was above-average as a hitter in 2022 judging by his 119 wRC+.
In 435 plate appearances, he hit .300/.343/.404 with six home runs.
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