Up And Down One To Many Times Is Just Enough To Make Any Marlins Fan a Little Sick
Disappointing. That’s the understatement of the year for Marlins fans all over the country…Yes, there are fans all over folks. But how disappointing can a season be when we had a team that was in the playoff hunt up until the last week of the season? Realistically, we know it happened much earlier than mathematics show, but were there none the less. It makes even less sense to be disappointed when you look at the phenomenal season Dontrelle Willis had. I pegged him winning about 12 or 13 games this year just being that middle to end of the rotation starter that had some good games and more bad ones. How wrong I was.
Willis deserves the Cy Young award this year. So does Chris Carpenter and Roger Clemens. I’ve heard so many arguments about why one should win more than the other, but the fact of the matter is the Marlins as a team who would have been MUCH worse without DTrain. Plus Dontrelle’s bat not only should be the deciding factor for this award….it should put him up for MVP consideration. And this comes to you with the reminder that he is only 23 years old.
In the words of Peter Griffin, you know what really grinds my gears from this past season? I think a list is in order:
- AJ Burnett. I’m glad his mouth will cost him some bucks this offseason. Not to mention his performance breakdown the last month of the season. I believe him leaving the organization will actually be a plus for this club. Will the Yankees sign him for 15 mil a year? Probably. Just like Carl Pavano this year, he’ll crumble under the pressure of being in NY or wherever he goes as a big signing. Unless of course he goes to the Orioles and none of what I wrote here counts.
- The rumors going around of major turmoil in the Marlins clubhouse. I’m not sure if there were disrespected veterans by young stud players or if no one really liked each other… but if it is it really needs to stop. The Marlins won the World Series in 2003 by being an energetic and hard working TEAM. If you can’t get along, you can forget about a championship.
- And speaking of rumors, the supposed mutiny that lead Jack McKeon to step down is ridiculous. These players need to shut up and play. I for one believe that if a manager wants to knock a player upside his head for not running out a play he should feel free to do so. So many "fans" that called for his head as well really need to take a step back and remember how he took this team from yearly laughing stock to World Series Champs. I for one thank him for the memory and would welcome him back anytime. I’m glad he’s staying with the organization in another form.
So now we know there will be a slew of changes on the club in the next few months. I drool at the potential of Jeremy Hermida. He’s got a sweet swing and some playing time already to boot. We have a young core, some great prospects and the third consecutive winning season on our side. Let’s just hope the manager to be named can get along with the players and unify the clubhouse.
Here’s to next season.
But let’s enjoy the rest of this one because this is baseball.
I know I will…because I AM baseball