I has a sad. This was the last episode of this season’s The Franchise. It was way cool to have a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes with the Marlins. Not only did they show what happens with the team in general, but I liked seeing their relationship as teammates and buddies. Of course, I also enjoyed watching Ozzie Guillen rant away, whether it was about coconut water or crappy performance on the field.
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.
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner
The Miami Marlins finally win again in this dreadful month of June. The Fish beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3. John Buck actually hit another homer, followed by Logan Morrison who homered as well.
Heath Bell saved the game, thankfully. He allowed a couple of hits, but the point is he sealed the win for us. He may have earned his Blue Bell ice cream tonight.
The Home Run Derby!
Giancarlo Stanton is going to light up your TV screens during the Home Run Derby. He has confirmed that he is indeed participating.
Stanton will become the fifth Marlin to be in the home run derby. Get ready, because it is going to be crazy! Stanton has 17 home runs this season, so far.
The Marlins’ June woes continue. This has been our toughest month in the season so far. We saw a sign of life last night, however, against the Boston Red Sox. Yea, the Marlins were able to actually score more than 2 or 3 runs! (Thanks LoMo for the 2-run homer and 2 doubles!)
Alas, 5 runs wasn’t enough to seal the deal, since the Red Sox scored 7 runs. Bah. Looks like we need some kind of despojo (translation: dispossession) to rid us from evil so we can start winning again.
Today is Memorial Day. Some people seem to forget what this day is all about. It’s not about the fact that summer is pretty much here or the steaks that you are grilling. It is about the soldiers who made the sacrifice to protect our freedom and those who continue to protect it.
Logan Morrison’s late father (he passed away in 2010 of Lung Cancer) was in the Coast Guard. After every home run he hits, LoMo sends a military salute towards the sky as a tribute to his dad. It is very fitting that LoMo, who is starting to come out of a slump, would hit a home run for his dad on a day like today.
Not only did he hit the homer and as usual, paid tribute to his father, but something else meaningful happened.
At 3:00 PM, the nation held a moment a silence. Any baseball games taking place would stop to observe that moment of silence. As the clock struck 3, LoMo crossed home plate scoring another Marlins run.
LoMo talked about noticing some little signs here and there that his father is still with him. I agree with him that what happened today is just another one (or two) of those signs.
Marlins’ Logan Morrison is up to more shenanigans by posing in a shell bikini a la The Little Mermaid for the Miami New Times. He might make you roll your eyes, but he sure is a funny dude.
The publication featured an article on LoMo, his tweeting habits, and a little bit of baseball. It’s a long one, but it’s entertaining. You can check it out here: clicky clicky.
This… is just…. oh dear.
LOL at the Photoshop job on the abs!
You know the Linsanity thing is bad when you actually dream about New York Knicks player, Jeremy Lin. I mean, I literally had a dream and all I heard was “Lin! Lin! Lin! Lin!” Not kidding. Enough with the Lin stuff.
Now we are talking about Marlinsanity! (So much better. Lin is a Knick after all. Blah.) Ozzie Guillen and Jose Reyes are on the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated. They appear sitting on top of the dugout at the new ballpark. This just makes me more excited for the season to kick off.
Noche de Estreno
That is “opening night” in spanish. The Marlins have announced that Miami-based music producer, Emilio Estefan, is set to produce the pre-game festivities on opening night.
According to Estefan, the fans are going to be part of the production and it will be very Miami. Puerto Rican singer, José Feliciano, is scheduled to sing the National Anthem.
I really like the sound of this. Opening Night is going to be amazing, and with Emilio and José being a part of it is going to make it better. Growing up here in Miami, I was exposed all my life to their music and their talents.
The LoMo and Petey Show
This is awesome. These two never fail to make me laugh. Just watch.
Mike Stanton has said that he wants to go by his given first name, Giancarlo, instead of Mike. His full name is actually Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton. I am going to have to start getting used to this.
Honestly, Mike sounds better. Giancarlo Stanton sounds weird to me. But since it is his real first name, I can respect his decision.
The Marlins are playing with a split squad due to some spring training games on March 6 and 7. They are switching lineups.
On March 6 against UM, the Marlins are sending the following:
On March 7, FIU is going to be facing the following Fish:
There are still tickets available for the exhibition game against FIU. Go get them because you do not want to miss this!
What the what? I can’t even… You can’t deny that Logan Morrison does not bring the laughs. I noticed he posted this as his Twitter profile picture and nearly spilled my ginger ale all over my laptop.
LoMo tweeted this with the following:
LoMo #LoMoing naked by @justinpeterson?!? Consider the game officially changed… Eat your heart out @NotBurtReynolds
Hanley Ramirez, Meet Third Base
Pitchers and catchers report to spring training and our new third baseman, Hanley Ramirez, does as well. Ramirez was seen working out at third base. It’s very nice to see that he’s not being a brat about the move for Jose Reyes anymore.
Here you can see Hanley take some ground balls at 3B and talking about third base.
Videos are courtesy of The Miami Herald.