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OnBaseMachine
04-20-2010, 02:40 PM
Baseball Prospectus - Remembering Chico Ruiz



That’s when Chico Ruiz would make his way to the dugout. At Crosley Field in Cincinnati, players had to go virtually through the stands to get to the dugout and there would be Ruiz, a seat cushion under his arm, an electric fan in his hand, wearing his alligator spikes, the flashiest footwear in the entire stadium. Somewhere there was a glove, although you didn’t notice it as he made his way for what was another night at work as a reserve on a Reds team that was good enough to be a pennant contender, not good enough to win one.


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http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=10605

mth123
04-20-2010, 02:53 PM
I remember watching him walk through the aisle leading to the reds dugout on the 3B side. I don't remember the other stuff, but I remember him carrying that cushion.

George Anderson
04-20-2010, 03:25 PM
Ruiz is the only player to ever pinch hit for Johnny Bench. He pinch hit for JB in his first game on 8/28/67.

Chip R
04-20-2010, 03:34 PM
Ruiz is the only player to ever pinch hit for Johnny Bench. He pinch hit for JB in his first game on 8/28/67.


That's right up there with pinch hitting Juan Castro for Josh Hamilton.