It might be strange to some to see Yokohama BayStars manager Alex Ramirez remaining so grounded. The same Ramirez who played with emotion, who performed special dances after his home runs (sometimes with team mascots), is calm, cool and collected as his BayStars work to secure a second-straight trip to the Central League Climax Series.

He wasn't down in the dumps after Yokohama's grip on third place, and the final spot in the Climax Series, was reduced to two games after being swept by the Yomiuri Giants Aug. 18-20, nor in the clouds after three straight sayonara victories (a feat achieved in the same series for the first time in franchise history) over the Hiroshima Carp to start last week.

Most recently, Yokohama took two of three from the Tokyo Yakult Swallows over the weekend to improve to 59-52-4 for the season.