Ramos brothers reunited in Giants camp
Norma Ramos used to worry that if she ever saw her sons, Heliot and Henry, play in the Majors, she’d be forced to traverse the contentious battle lines of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz (SF Giants.com). -- Norma Ramos used to worry that if she ever saw her sons, Heliot and Henry, play in the Majors, she’d be forced to traverse the contentious battle lines of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry.
“My mom used to say, ‘If you play against each other in the big leagues, what am I going to do when I go to a stadium? Wear a Dodgers jersey one day and a Giants jersey the next?’” Henry recalled in Spanish.
Over the winter, Henry left the Dodgers organization to sign a Minor League deal with the Giants, who selected Heliot in the first round of the 2017 Draft, putting the Ramos brothers on the same team for the first time in their lives. The siblings are seven years apart and had never shared an outfield before Sunday.
That changed in the sixth inning of the Giants’ game against the Rangers at Scottsdale Stadium. Heliot, who was called up from Minor League camp for the day, entered the game to play center field and was flanked by Henry in right, fulfilling a long-held dream for the Ramos family.
"For me, it’s incredible,” Henry, 26, said. “I’ve seen him grow up, and I’ve always wanted to play alongside him.”
“He’s always helped me grow and taught me to play baseball,” Heliot, 19, said. “I learned everything from him. He’s like my dad.”
Henry, a fifth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010, batted .297 with an .817 OPS, 10 home runs and 58 RBIs in 106 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2018, but he became a Minor League free agent at the end of last season and began looking for opportunities with other clubs. When president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi -- another former member of the Dodgers -- called, Henry immediately jumped at the chance to join the Giants and compete for an outfield job.
“I was like, ‘Wow. Everything we’ve wanted is here,’” Henry said. “There are opportunities if you work hard. I might be able to help the Major League team, and beyond that, I have [Heliot] here in the same organization. It would be nice if we’re able to play together in the future."