There is no truth to the rumor that the injury stems from his repeated attempts to hail a cab to get the hell out of Miami.
Bryce Harper scored 3 by himself against the Marlins.
The Marlins tend to get a bad rap. I mean, sure, they’ve had three fire sales in less than 20 years of existence, tricked the city of Miami into building their new stadium (only to lead to that third fire sale), and Jeffrey Loria may or may not be trying to usher in a new era of darkness, but one could, if they were into that kind of thing, make an argument for the Marlins side. Well, today it’s getting a little tougher as the Marlins have threatened to sue two of their season ticket holders.
Okay, maybe that’s a little glib, but there’s not a whole lot more beyond the story. Basically, Bill and Jan Leon, season ticket holders to the team since 1998, signed a two-year contract with the team for $25,000 for seats down the third base line in the new stadium. During the year, more padding was introduced which obstructed their view and the Leon’s requested to be moved to new seats for 2013 before paying their bill. The Marlins, thus far, have not agreed to move the Leons.
Which, fine, maybe the Marlins have a reason to be upset. And maybe if another club did this, it wouldn’t even be news. And sure, maybe the Leons just don’t want to go to any more Marlins games at all, but when you’re arguing with two people who have continued to purchase season tickets when the rest of the people in Miami experience either deep feelings of anger or apathy, don’t you just stamp “approved” and give the Leons new seats? For a team that already set the record for lowest attendance in a new park, and that’s before another tear down, don’t you step up your game when it comes to fan loyalty?
Then again, who knows what’s going on in Jeffrey Loria’s mind, perhaps he’s too busy fantasizing about what new sculpture can be placed in the outfield and wondering what to do with that woman he just tied to the train tracks outside of town.
Those are train tracks in the background, by the way.
“The line for single-game tickets outside #Marlins Park, less than 30 min before they go on sale” - @joecapMARLINS
So instead of petitions to secede, Floridians should put forward a petition for the Justice Department to investigate the Marlins for fraud and grand larceny.
Just kidding. Maybe.
(h/t on Johnson info from http://oldtimefamilybaseball.tumblr.com…a must-follow)
Update: Also Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and others all to the Blue Jays.
A big hand for Jose Reyes who committed the 500,000th error in MLB history.
Thanks to baseball-reference.com for counting them for us.
Ozzie Guillen’s Fan Club of 1
Having grown up in South Florida, & counting a handful of Cuban-Americans as some of my best friends dating back to high school, I think it’s safe to say that this controversy will forever haunt Guillen in the Miami market. Ozzie can stand in front of as many microphones as he wants, but I assure you that it will mean very little to that segment of the South Florida community. It is a very proud & passionate people, so while the retired hedge fund manager in Boca will forgive & forget Ozzie’s sentiment, the Cuban-Americans down there will always think of the Marlins manager as an untrustworthy buffoon, to put it mildly. There will be a presser at 10:30, held by Miami’s front office, to announce what action the club will take. My best guess? Maybe a 10-15 game suspension. Guillen will also have to commit to meet with leaders in the community, so that he has a better grasp as to why saying anything positive about Castro in Miami fuels so much disdain. Even then, I doubt Cuban-Americans will ever say the name of the manager of the Marlins, without the tone being one of complete disgust.
It’s not just Hollywood building a team of heroes for Summer of 2012 with The Avengers. The Marlins are attempting the same thing. So because there are less than six weeks until Spring Training let’s have some fun. Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2012 Miami Avengers:
Josh Johnson as Captain America- The veteran with the most respect on the team. So good at his job that he would succeed in spite of the rest of the team. “Cap” was once frozen in ice. Johnson ices his arm after a start. So obvious.
Mark Buehrle as Dr. David Banner - Mild-mannered and intelligent. There when you need him, Buehrle averages 15 wins a year and has won 3 straight Gold Gloves. Good addition. But no one buys the comic for Dr. Banner.
Carlos Zambrano as The Incredible Hulk- Strong, temperamental, and erratic. The 174 Ks per season and 200+ innings may outweigh the incredible amount of damage done. Also a winner of three Silver Sluggers - “Hulk smash!”
Hanley Ramirez as Thor - With a lifetime average of .306, 25 HRs, 83 RBI, and .886 OPS Ramirez brings the hammer. (See what I did there?) Sure he had an off-year in 2011, but Thor wasn’t that great either. Plus be honest if Thor was playing short and was asked to move to third he’d complain too.
Jose Reyes as Hawkeye - OK this one is weak but like Hawkeye Reyes “…has no superhuman powers [but] he is at the very peak of human conditioning.” Averaging 57 SBs a year and reigning NL batting champ, Reyes would be a better fit with Quicksilver but he’s not in the movie. Deal with it.
Jeffrey Loria Miami residents as Tony Stark - Stark bankrolls the Avengers and donates their headquarters. To reduce cast just use Marlins fans. There are only five.
Logan Morrison as Iron Man - Simply because they are the funniest men on their respective teams. Unfortunately for LoMo he is not indispensable.
Ozzie Guillen as Nick Fury - Guillen, like Fury, built the team with someone else’s money but is responsible for keeping the all in check. Plus Guillen would look awesome with an eye patch.
With any blockbuster the sure sign of success is not how many come to the opening weekend, but how many come back?
(Image copyright of Marvel Comics and courtesy of bisforblog.net)