Furcal goes 'from nowhere to the playoffs'
LOS ANGELES -- He was the best player on the team. He carried them. He had more hits and scored more runs than anyone else in the National League. He was in the top five in batting average and on-base percentage. He was in the top 10 in OPS. He looked like an MVP. He seemed to make everyone else around him better. He lifted the mood in the clubhouse and was an inspiration on the field. For five weeks he was all that stood between the Dodgers and disappointment.
"I'll tell you, it's not easy what he's doing," says Torre, admiring the way his shortstop has stepped back into the fray without so much as a single game of minor league rehab.A lot has been written about the impact Ramirez has had on the Dodgers' fortunes in the last several weeks, and justifiably so, but it would be hard to overestimate the importance to this team at this time of having their springtime MVP back in uniform and back on the field.
He's a leader for us, always vocal, always keeping us loose. When one of us gets down, it's Raffy who picks us up. When we go flat, he lights a fire under us.
--Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier
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