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Len Ramirez of the Agua Dulce Reds
By Jeff McGaw, MSBLNational.com
The Agua Dulce Reds were at Maryvale Baseball Park
preparing for the 50 Wood Bat Central division championship game against the
Chicago North Cubs Oct. 20, and nobody was more grateful to be there than Red’s
player Len Ramirez.
That’s because in August, 2004, Len Ramirez died in a
The then 44-year-old Ramirez broke both arms. His left
leg was fractured in five places. Two arteries in his heart were damaged and
his left arm was paralyzed. Doctors and paramedics later said that Ramirez died
on the pavement near his Santa Barbara home that day in 2004, but through the
miracle of modern medicine, a good bit of luck, and Ramirez believes, higher
powers, he was revived.
"It’s not that I’m superstitious,” he said, "but I have
looked into God now after I’ve already died in a motorcycle accident and came
back to life I believe,” he said. He carries a cross now to every game.
"I wrote a letter to Steve Sigler to tell him that I’m
thankful and how much I missed baseball and I’m grateful to be back out here,”
Standing near the sun-drenched, third base dugout at
Maryvale, Ramirez cast a gaze out along the grass to the deep blue, padded
outfield fence and to the gently sloping grass above the field, Ramirez smiled and said simply, "it’s just a
Ramirez returned to the baseball diamond in 2011 in a
35-and-over league in Santa Barbara to start preparing himself for competition.
He was picked up by the Reds from the player pool for the MSBL 2012 World
Series. "Now I’m grateful to be out here
with these guys,” he said.
"I was never really into religion,” Ramirez confessed,
"but when you actually die and come back and have a near-death experience you
really thank the man every day. Things happen for a reason.”
The Reds beat the Cubs 4-2 to claim the title.