He was the Cubs' most productive third baseman since Hall of Famer Ron Santo.

And easily the most maligned.

Now, as he tries to do with the rival Milwaukee Brewers what he could only get agonizingly close to doing in Chicago, Aramis Ramirez's answer to his critics is a look at the back of his baseball card — if not his backside.

During a wide-ranging conversation with the Sun-Times, Ramirez also defended former general manager Jim Hendry's record, suggested a revival under Theo Epstein might not be as easy as many in Chicago seem to think and said he enjoyed his 8½ seasons in Chicago and the Wrigley Field fans.