Contrary to popular belief, Miami Marlins star Hanley Ramirez is not a self-absorbed, unmotivated, immature, prima donna. In this exclusive fake interview, Hanley opens up about his desire to be a "team player" and make room for newly acquired free-agent Jose Reyes to take over at shortstop.
CR: Your thoughts about the free-agent acquisition of Jose Reyes to play shortstop for the Marlins next season?
Hanley: I think it's great. Shortstop is a very demanding position and Jose has a proven track record of durability. I think he's capable of playing at least 50 games before breaking down with another pulled hamstring. Actually, I'll go out on a limb and say he might even play 60 games for us in 2012.
CR: How do you feel about moving over to third base to make room for Jose at your former position - shortstop?
Hanley: Hey, I'm looking forward to the challenge. I'm a ballplayer; I'll play wherever the team needs me. I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm excited about getting the chance to break some records at third base. What is the record for most errors by a third baseman, anyway?
CR: Do you think the Marlins can be competitive in the tough NL East next season?
Hanley: Hey, we're looking forward to the challenge. With any luck at all, we can finish ahead of the Mets in 2012.
CR: How long do you think it will take before the Marlins win another World Series?
Hanley: Well, it's been over 100 years since the Cubs did it; right? I think we can easily do it before the end of the millenium.
CR: How would you describe your attitude right now?
Hanley: I couldn't be happier. I get paid to play baseball for a living. That sure beats working 60 hours a week as some management trainee at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Give me a break!