The Nationals' Wilson Ramos did a radio interview on Monday morning on 106.7 The Fan in Washington DC. In the interview, Ramos said that he and Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark planned to intentionally hit Joey Votto before the game started. Here is an excerpt of the interview from the original piece on CBS DC:
“Yeah,” Ramos said.I am sure some tough guys will strongly disagree with me, but there is simply no place for this in baseball. Bryce Harper was clearly hit unintentionally on Friday night (it was 1-run game, Cingrani is a lefty, he wouldn't want to face Zimmerman with two on), and there is no way Iglesias intentionally hit the Nationals PITCHER on Saturday.
“You knew?” show host Eric Bickel followed up. “You knew?”
“Yeah,” Ramos said.
“Do you call it?” Bickel asked. “Do you call it?”
“Yeah,” said Ramos, “but it’s not–”
“You talked about it before the game?” co-host Jason Bishop asked.
“Yeah,” Ramos said. “But, you know, most of the time when the pitcher gets hit, that’s because they missed something, their location. So, it’s hard. I know not anybody’s perfect in this game.”
“Wilson, after Bryce got hit on Friday, and he walked down to first, and he was talking to Votto,” Bishop said. “What was Votto telling him?”
“I don’t’ know what they were talking about,” Ramos said.
Look, I get that it had to be frustrating for the Nationals to get plunked three times over the weekend. However, that doesn't excuse intentionally hitting a guy because you are "protection your own." My man Michael really said it best on Twitter on today.