Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Now We're Getting Historic

Remember how bad the Marlins in 2011 were? Rivaling Bums of Brooklyn, Washington Senators, the Philly teams of earlier eras, not to mention the St. Louis Browns. They were so laughably bad that ....



SEATTLE -- In what has become a month of endless defeats, the Marlins discovered a new way to lose on Sunday. While in the process of intentionally walking a batter in the 10th inning, rookie reliever Steve Cishek uncorked a wild pitch that enabled the deciding run to score in a 2-1 loss to the Mariners.
It’s becoming that kind of season.
“There can’t be too many other ways (to lose), right?” said catcher John Buck, who was behind the plate when Cishek’s third pitch to Carlos Peguero with one out in the 10th sailed past him. “We got that one crossed off the list, so hopefully that’ll be it.”
Said manager Jack McKeon, who has managed in five different decades in the majors: “I have never had it happen to me, in all my years – 60 years. I’ve seen it on television. I’ve never had it against me or for me. Tough.”

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Dem Bums

So my friend French, who used to post on this blog, has given up on the Fish. "Boring," he calls them. Says he'll probably never go to another game at the stadium formerly known as Joe Robbie. This came up when I invited him to come with me to the Angels game last Monday night. I went. One hour, 43 minute rain delay. I decided to go before I knew Jack would be managing his first game in his second stint. I entered the parking lot even as rain drops fell on the windshield. They lost. I went again Wednesday night with my friend Orlando. They lost. On Friday, I was talking to Richie, the world's greatest auto mechanic. He grew up in Brooklyn. People supported the Dodgers through thick and thin. "They were our team." A lot of awful years they had, and then the heartbreaking Series losses to the Yankees. But people showed up to see their beloved Bums, and that's why I'm showing up for these miserable Fish.

Clutch ?

Cody Ross never had a great batting average with Fish, but somehow fans chanted his name in the late innings, because he seemed to come through. Now, in this dismal month of June with its record losses, look at these performances with runners in scoring position and two outs (for 2011, according to sports illustrated stats): LoMo is 0 for 11, Helms 1 for 8 (.125), Buck is 5 for 27 (.185), Stanton .189, Dobbs and Bonifacio are .240 (6 for 25), Gabby at .281, Hanley at .296 and Brett Hayes at .333 (3 for 9). Hanley, for his miserable at bats is the leading starter when it comes to the clutch.