Aramis Ramirez's 2009 season was limited to 82 games because of a right shoulder injury suffered in May. He missed two months, yet finished second on the Cubs with 65 RBIs. His 18 homers give him 188 with the Cubs, 10th on the team's all-time list. Next up is Hack Wilson at 190. The 31-year-old third baseman talked about his winter plans and his need for speed.
MLB.com: What's the first thing you want to do this offseason?
Ramirez: Be with my kids and rest. I'll rest for three weeks to a month. I'll shut it down, and then start rehabbing.
MLB.com: The last two winters, you've done a leg strengthening program. Will you continue that?
Ramirez: I'm going to do the same leg program. Thank God, I didn't have any leg problems like the last two, three years. I'm going to have to keep doing that. I'll stay on top of that. I also have to strengthen my shoulder. I have to get my shoulder back to what it was at the beginning of the year.
MLB.com: When do you pick up a bat?
Ramirez: Usually in late December, January, I start swinging a bat and doing baseball stuff.
MLB.com: When you were growing up, was there a player you idolized?
Ramirez: There was a player I followed when I was young, George Bell. He was the best Dominican player back then.
MLB.com: If you could trade places with someone on the Cubs for a day, who would it be?
Ramirez: I'd like to trade places with somebody fast. I want to know what it feels like to be fast and steal bases. I'd say Sam Fuld. I'd like to know what it's like to be a fast guy.
MLB.com: If you could be Lou Piniella for a day, what would you do?
Ramirez: If I could be Lou, I'd just like to see the team score runs every day. I think that makes it easier for the manager when the team scores a lot of runs.
MLB.com: Is there a comfort food you crave?
Ramirez: Rice and beans, chicken, pork chops. That's what we eat in the Dominican.