Forget the Wagon, Jump on the Train
That’s right. If you have waited this long to jump on the Phillies bandwagon you may want to think differently. You may want to jump on the train, the Chooch Train. While Ruiz is often referred to as the prototypical defensive major league catcher, it is not his career .246 batting average that makes him an everyday player, it is his career .994 fielding percentage and his uncanny ability to call he game.
Brad Lidge recently stated that he has never seen natural instincts in a catcher like those of Carlos Ruiz. Lidge adds that his ability to read what opposing hitters are thinking, and then calling for the correct pitch makes him a great catcher. And to think it was just a year ago that he was splitting time with Chris Coste, a well traveled minor leaguer that did not get his start in the big leagues until after his 30th birthday.
After realizing his recent successes the past two postseasons it is no wonder by fans are toting signs that read “Choochtober” and are now referring to Ruiz as “Senior Octobre”. Going into the highly anticipated Phillies-Yankees World Series that begins in roughly two hours, Chooch offensive numbers read .345/.465/.517 over his last 4 playoff series. In those 19 games he has 20 hits, 12 walks, 11 runs bated in, 9 runs, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 2 stolen bases. And get this, only 2 strikeouts. Not to shabby for a defensive catcher.