SAN FRANCISCO — Hanleywood isn’t preparing to make its debut at Dodger Stadium.
When Hanley Ramirez played there as a member of the Florida Marlins a few years ago, he recalled, the team’s broadcasters used that catchphrase on television.
Of course, the term didn’t delight Dodgers fans then like the sight of the infielder in the home team’s uniform could Monday night.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Ramirez said of his first game at Dodger Stadium, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. “They are great, great fans.”
Ramirez has already made a habit of shushing fans swathed in orange and black. He drove in a run and flashed his sprinter’s speed again Sunday afternoon at AT&T; Park, helping the Dodgers complete a three-game series sweep with a 4-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
It wasn’t as flashy as his game-winning homer Friday or his acceleration through a stop sign on a run-scoring play Saturday, but his fourth-inning groundout in the series finale was one reason the Dodgers now find themselves tied with the Giants atop the National League West.
Ramirez blazed down the first-base line, beating out a potential inning-ending double play to extend a rally in which the Dodgers scored their first two runs.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly called it “a ground ball that nine out of 10 guys are out [on] and he beats it. He sure can run.”
He also can hit, collecting a .333 average and seven RBIs in his first five games with the Dodgers. Ramirez said he has been revitalized by his new teammates’ cohesiveness and drive.
“Everyone around me is happy,” Ramirez said. “It’s an amazing new experience for me.”
He was not universally liked among the Marlins, some of whom questioned what they considered nonchalance and an aura of superiority upon his departure.
With the Dodgers, Ramirez has repeatedly gestured toward his teammates in the dugout after big hits. On Sunday, he pointed at Luis Cruz to acknowledge the shortstop after he drove in Ramirez with a fourth-inning double.
“They don’t give up, and I think that’s good when you’ve got all those guys who come every day ready to play,” Ramirez said of his teammates. “You’ve got to just jump in and be out there every day and do the same thing.”
Ramirez will now take his talents to Dodger Stadium, where fans figure to embrace a player who has significantly fortified the middle of the lineup.
There may not be any dreadlocks for sale as there were four years ago when Manny Ramirez joined the team late in the season, but the Dodgers’ marketing department has already touted Hanley Ramirez’s arrival.
Seven digital billboards throughout Southern California have flashed signs welcoming him. Jerseys and T-shirts featuring his No. 13 will be on sale when fans arrive at the stadium on Monday.
Ramirez merchandise might be stocked in team stores for quite a while.
“Hanley feels like he’s part of us because he’s here not only for this year but for next year and the year after,” Mattingly said, “so it feels like he’s part of a process that we’re building toward.”
There are no plans for a Hanleywood section a la the Mannywood of 2008, a team spokesman said. That doesn’t mean signs bearing the phrase won’t pop up throughout the stadium.
Does Ramirez expect to see any punny business in the stands Monday?
He laughed as he pondered the question.
“I don’t know,” Ramirez said. “Hopefully.”