Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/9/13
The scene, for anyone who perceived Hanley Ramirez as a diva during his days with the Marlins, is almost startling. Three Dodgers reserves - Jerry Hairston, Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto - will not let up on Ramirez in a corner of the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park. Their message - if we played every day, we'd have your swing - is laughable. But Ramirez plays along, allowing the vets to have their fun. He doesn't even object when Punto reaches into his locker, dips his fingers into a jar of stickum-type substance and essentially tells Ramirez, "You're always taking our stuff, now I'm taking yours." The clubhouse atmosphere was rarely, if ever, like this during most of Ramirez's tenure with the Marlins, when he was surrounded by younger players and veterans who lacked stature. But Hairston, 37, Punto, 35 and Schumaker, 33, all played for World Series champions. They might be reserves with the Dodgers, but they're not cowed by Ramirez, 29 - or, for that matter, any of the team...
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