Hoping to improve their ninth place finish in the XI Men's World Championship in New Zealand last 2004, the RP Blu Boys came home early this week from Japan to resume practice after posting a convincing second place finish at the 8th Asian Men's Softball Championship.
Aside from the runner-up finish, Blu Boys' Mark Rae Ramirez was also adjudged one of the best players this year and was included in the tournament's Mythical Nine. Ramirez was tournament MVP of the seventh staging of the tournament held in 2003 at the Rizal Stadium, Manila.
"I wasn't expecting it. Kasi ang nasa isip ko eh iyung maglaro lang. Hindi ko iniisip iyung mga awards. Surprised at happy ako kasi marami din namang magagaling at isa ako sa napili. Pasasalamat din siyempre sa Panginoon," Ramirez said.