CHICAGO -- Jose Contreras returned to Chicago on Friday to join White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in presenting Alexei Ramirez with his replacement gold medal, after the one Ramirez won as part of the Cuban baseball team at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece, disappeared.
Contreras is like a big brother or even father figure to Ramirez, and offers up nothing but high praise regarding the accomplishments on and off the field of his friend and former teammate.
"It gives me a great sense of pride seeing Alexei when he runs out on the field. It gives me great pride seeing any Cuban player succeed in Major League Baseball," said Contreras, through translator and White Sox director of public relations Lou Hernandez. "But more so Alexei.
"We are from the same town. I know his family. He's a good son. He's a good father. He's a good husband. I'm also proud to see how well Dayan [Viciedo] has done and how well Dayan has developed. But more than anything, seeing Alexei out there and how he has developed into the player and person he has become, it really gives me a great sense of pride."