Last week on The Franchise, we saw Jose Reyes back in New York with the Marlins to play against his former team, the Mets. They had a day off, so Jose went to get a new tattoo. This was when he still had his hit streak.
Last night, Giancarlo Stanton was able to do something not many have. He has hit five home runs in five straight games at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.
No, they weren’t little home runs. I heard both home runs finally landed somewhere in Wyoming (ok, I am exaggerating quite a bit).
MLB.com has highlights for you to enjoy. Can Giancarlo be any more amazing?
Since I am finally back from my vacation to Atlanta and Washington DC (I basically followed the Marlins there), I can get back to you, my fellow obsessed Fish fans. I caught up on The Franchise after I got home and three things stuck to me: Hanley Ramirez, Heath Bell, and Ozzie Guillen.
This week’s The Franchise was more about a look into Ozzie Guillen and his family. Sure, there was a bit of drama when they showed Heath Bell having another meltdown in the clubhouse after he messed up again. They also touched upon the Hanley Ramirez rumors that were circling before he was sent packing to Los Angeles. More on that later in this post.
The trade of Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante for prospects between the Marlins and the Detroit Tigers is old news now, but I can’t help but think about missing these guys.
I like Anibal and Omar. You hate to see them go, but you know how it is in this business. Guys get moved around all the time.
The trade also got me reminiscing on the exciting moments we had with Anibal. I was at his no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006. I was also in attendance for his almost-no-hitter in April of 2011. Both games have a funny story that we still laugh about today.
This week’s episode of The Franchise was pretty sad, yet happy in a few ways. This Marlins team has quite a few characters as we know it, starting with manager, Ozzie Guillen and outfielder, Logan Morrison.
The episode opened with top Marlins front office members, including owner Jeffrey Loria and general manager, Larry Beinfest, in a round table meeting discussing the progress of the team so far, as well as the future. It is really interesting to see what these guys have to say about the current state of the team. However, that is not what stood out to me this episode.
Oh, and hold on, that’s not it though. No other Marlin is going to represent us in Kansas City. Stanton is still considered to be our representative even if he is not able to attend the All Star game. Yep. We will have no one there to show off our new logo. (Because we all love it now, right?)
It is bad enough that Stanton is hurt and will be away for such a long time, but I am so disappointed he is not able to attend the All Star game. For me, the All Star game is a tradition where I look forward to seeing our guys show off their skills. (Unless you’re Dan Uggla. Let’s forget that ever happened. I still love the guy though.) This year, I don’t even feel excited about it. Sure, I may watch a little bit if I have the chance, but it’s not the same without a Marlin.
Let’s hope that Giancarlo has a speedy recovery and that he comes back kicking ass again. In the end, that is all that matters.
El Caballo Is Here!
The Marlins traded Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen for Carlos “El Caballo” Lee from the Houston Astros on a sunny Fourth of July. Regardless of hitting a home run on Wednesday, Gaby Sanchez was sent to AAA in New Orleans.
Then comes Heath Bell to close the game for the Fish. He strikes out Ryan Braun to face Aramis Ramirez, who homers and wins the game for the Brewers 13-12. Epic fail.
Ozzie Guillen gave the media a huge rant in the clubhouse. It went something like not putting all the blame on Bell, because of the other 10 runs scored. While I sort of agree with him, I do think however, you still have to close out the game. Enough said.
Not only is Stanton participating in the home run derby on July 10th, but he is also representing the Marlins as an all-star reserve. The Marlins announced the news at the game on Sunday, where Stanton thanked the crowd giving him a nice ovation with a tip of the cap.
Stanton has started practicing for the derby at batting practice on Monday at Milwaukee. He sure showed that he is ready to hit some bombs out there in Kansas City!
How many home runs do you predict Stanton will hit this season?