© Chuck Duboff
Amos was my kind of ballplayer…someone whom I’m sure the Goldeyes were proud to have on their team. I hope you enjoy this interview with Amos as he talks about baseball, shovelling snow and his beautiful family.
1. Amos, I’ve always wanted to ask you: how does a Texas boy give up scorching hot temps and end up living full time in -30 degree Winnipeg?
2. Your baseball story for the fans out there? When did you start playing ball? Where? and what path did that take?
I started playing baseball at the age of 4. I went to Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. I was a dual player, starting pitcher and second base. I ended up tearing my rotator cuff my senior year and didn’t get any offers for life after high school. I decided that I wasn’t done playing, so we hopped in the car and drove to a bunch of Junior College tryouts. With a torn rotator cuff, I ended up getting scholarship to Alvin Junior College in Alvin, Texas. After my two years there, I ended up signing to go to Louisiana Tech. I played there for two years and then got a phone call from Rick, asking me to play for Winnipeg. At the time, I had no idea where that was. Came to Winnipeg in 06. Then was traded Windy City Thunderbolts, 07 and 08. Then traded to Kalamazoo Kings 09. I was then traded to Lake County Fielders where we played against the Goldeyes 2010. In 2011, I was then traded to Winnipeg and that was the year I tore my ACL. I then came back in 2012, we all know what happened that year. 2013 I played in Winnipeg and then I was released in spring training of 2014. I was then picked up by Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League and then traded to Sioux City in June of that year.
3. You seemed destined to play in Winnipeg…what were your first impressions of the team and city?
I had heard stories about Winnipeg but couldn’t imagine how much this city loves its sports teams. The team and organization in one of the best if not the best to play for. The city of Winnipeg is special, in that it absolutely embraces and loves the Goldeyes. There is a ton of culture in the city and is very diverse. It is by far the best place to play in Independent baseball.
4. Who were some of the “characters” you played with a long the way?
games in a 3.5 month season, you need those type of guys to make it fun each and everyday.
5. Now that you are retired, do you still get that itch to play?
Every year around May and June, the itch is really “itchy.” When you are a baseball player, the itch really doesn’t go away. You just have to scratch it with some kind of competitive activity and it will go away until the following May.
6. So, you’re a full time dad and husband…tell us about married life, your beautiful daughter and living in Winnipeg.
My wife is by far “the better half” of me. She is my rock and without her, not sure how far I would have gone in my baseball career. Every baseball player, needs a good support system outside of field. With my wife, she was the one that kept my head in order. Like I said, without her, not sure how long I would have played. Not sure if I would stayed long enough to come back and play in Winnipeg. My daughter is amazing. They tell you, “wait till you see her for the first time, she will change your life for the better,” trust me that does. Everyday is a new adventure with her and we absolutely love it. It’s hard to remember life without her.
7. So, it’s -40 on a January day and the snow needs shovelling…are you phoning home to Texas to see how hot it is down there? Who does the shovelling?
All the time its that cold, I take pictures and show my parents the forecast. I do all the shovelling. It’s a good workout and I don’t mind it. It sure is cold though.
8. You were, and still are, a fan favourite for Goldeyes fans…why do you think that was? and…you’re still recognized today…
I think fans just like guys who are really interactive with the fans and will stay and give back to the community. I tried to do that. When I played, I always thought about that young kid that would look up to me, so I had to set an example. Every time I stepped onto the field, I made sure that I gave everything that day. I think fans just like hard nosed players. I’m only really recognized when I go to the Goldeyes games.
9. Your favourite restaurants you enjoy in Winnipeg?
Of course I would have to say Fusian Experience, not because I used to be part owner but because the food is amazing. Chef Chris Taing is amazing and I think, a genius with food and bringing different styles of cooking together. He’s not afraid to push the limits with food. Also, Siam Thai is really good. My wife and I enjoy Clay Oven. When we need a good burger, we really like Five Guys. My wife cooks up some good meals as well. I don’t mind staying home either.
10. Favourite major leaguer growing up?
11. Finally, are the Goldeyes going to have an Amos Ramon bobble head day?
That would be awesome. That’s something you would have to ask Andrew Collier.