The Nationals’ manager was explaining why he gave the Opening Day start behind the dish to Wilson Ramos and not Kurt Suzuki. Via Adam Kilgore:
Johnson made the decision – “a tough call,” he said – for two reasons. He had already decided to alternate Ramos and Suzuki every other game, and so on that schedule Suzuki will catch No. 2 starter Gio Gonzalez, his former Oakland A’s battery mate. Johnson also wanted to reward Ramos for the grueling rehab he put into healing the knee injury that ended his season in May of last season – “kind of a carrot for hard work,” Johnson said.
The Nats will be happy if Ramos turns out to be as good a baseball player as Bugs Bunny.