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.
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.
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.
The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we’re a merrier we!
- “I Love to Laugh” from Mary Poppins
Remember that scene in Mary Poppins when they laugh and they have a tea party with Uncle Albert up on the ceiling? I love to laugh at the Marlins sometimes. No, I am not going to laugh at our June woes (so far).
Although, sometimes I feel like I want to laugh to let my frustrations from the guys forgetting how to hit… again. They do say laughter is the best medicine, right?
Wilton Lopez of the Houston Astros is a childish dude. I am sure you have all seen this by now, where Lopez hit Hanley Ramirez and started mocking the Fish with the famous “Lo Viste” sign. Apparently, Lopez took it personally, even though the guys on the Marlins do the sign towards each other. It’s not like it’s meant to be taken as a diss at the other team.
In all 19 years the Marlins have been around, they have never had anyone hit for the cycle. All Infante needed was a single. So close yet so far.
John Buck (What do you call it when Buck hits a double? A Buck double. Get it?) and Hanley Ramirez also hit homers tonight.
Ricky Nolasco earned the 8-3 win for the Fish.
The series against the Reds continues tomorrow, Sunday, at 1:10 PM. Carlos Zambrano is the starting pitcher for the Marlins.
Yes, Gaby Sanchez, did hit the first home run against another Major League team at the new ballpark on Sunday.
However, since that was an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, it didn’t really count.
Now that I have fully recovered from a long, fun filled day yesterday, I can get to posting this. We headed over to Jupiter, FL to check out the Marlins at Spring Training. I always love going to spring training just to get autographs and check out some baseball before the season officially kicks off. As usual, I took some pictures for your viewing pleasure.
Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez seem to be getting along very well. They walked on and off the field together.
While Fox Sports Florida was tweeting pictures from Marlins Media Day, I couldn’t help but notice a recurring theme.
They seem to pointing at their hats.
Yes, we have a new cool logo, but the pointing at the hat pose made for awkward yet really funny pictures.
Just see for yourself.