In return to Philadelphia, former Phillies stalwart Carlos Ruiz hits his former team hard
PHILADELPHIA — Carlos Ruiz’s 2017 season hadn’t been much to write home about until he returned to his one-time, longtime home.
The Seattle Mariners catcher, who was at the center of so many notable moments in Philadelphia Phillies history over the past decade, entered Wednesday afternoon batting only .111 with a lone RBI in 14 games as a primary backup.
He made a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday night and received a standing ovation, but he didn’t shine until Wednesday afternoon when he made his first start in his former ballpark. He made the most of it, too, with his first four-RBI performance since 2014.
In the seventh inning of the eventual 11-6 Mariners victory, Ruiz knocked a three-run double off the center field fence. The Citizens Bank Park showered him with cheers and chants of his nickname, “Chooch.” An inning later, he drove in another run on a sacrifice fly.
For the day, he was 1 for 4 with his second double of the season. It raised his average to a mere .129, but he had the opportunity to perform in front of the fans who adored him during 11 seasons in Philadelphia.
The Phillies dealt Ruiz to the Los Angeles Dodgers last August. The Dodgers, in turn, traded him to Seattle.
Philly loves ya, Chooch. pic.twitter.com/sVAYg9L4Mr
— Phillies (@Phillies) May 10, 2017
He received a standing ovation before his second at-bat in the second inning, and between the second and third innings, a highlight video of his time in Philadelphia played on the jumbotron.