Went to Citi Field For the first time on
Sunday only to see the Marlins bullpen lose another game.
Beautiful stadium. Crappy ending.
It’s been a few days but I needed it to recover from an incredible weekend. See, I had been waiting to watch Cal Ripken be inducted since I suppose 1987 when I believed he was a lock back then. Silly? Sure. But that is how much of a fan I am of him. Throughout the rest of his career he continued to prove to me as a fan that I was right. I’m not going to write about his accolades as it’s been done so much over the past couple of weeks. But we all know it’s not just hype and he and Tony Gwynn are all about what role models are.
The Big Day
I bought my camping tickets a while back, lucky I did…it sold out with Ripken fans at every site. We decided to drive into Cooperstown around 2am and somehow we found a parking lot about a mile from the induction site. Hoping we wouldn’t be forced to move come morning, we parked and slept in the van. By the time 5am rolled around the lot was packed and it seemed our early bird mentality paid off.
We walked to the induction site, claimed our spot and walked another mile into town. I couldn’t believe how many people were there. Didn’t see any HOFers but wan’t expecting any. It seemed like all I was doing when we got back was waiting. The skies were threatening all day and then about an hour before the ceremony it cleared up and I began to cook in the heat. I didn’t care.
After all of the HOFers were introduced it was time for the big speeches. I wasn’t disappointed. Both Gwynn and Ripken offered inspiring words and even Rip got me choked up at the end of his.
When he finished, I had a sense of relief for some reason and I also knew it was an ending of what I had waited for after all of these years. What I wrote may not sound that exciting, but to me, it was a dream come true and I was glad to be part of something so huge. 75,000 people and I was there.
Good to be back.
The Marlins continue their impressive play against the lowly Devil Rays and took game one of the "citrus series" with a combo of good pitching and hitting. Taylor Tankersley actually gave up a run…probably the last one this year. Anibal Sanchez was brought up yesterday to make his debut against the Yanks of all teams. He didn’t disappoint with 5+ innings of shutout baseball. He’ll be sent back down, but it won’t be long before he shows up again. We are o-Fish-ally (sigh) one game behind the Phillies for second place in the NL East and about 6.5 behind the wild card spot. Neither you or I thought this possible but we ain’t dreamin’, it’s da troof.
Quote of the Year
The statement was made to be completed for the fans at Marlinsbaseball.com and had the classic response that only a true Marlin fan might only understand:
You Know You’re Obsessed With The Marlins When…
I was rolling on the floor when I read that because it really reads the truth.
I know the Marlins aren’t the most popular team, but I still can’t believe I am the only blogger on here that writes about the Fish. Not that I’m complaining, because as I said before, I have the market cornered and nothing to compare my entertainment value to except the other outstanding mlblogs around here. Don’t forget to check out the list of bloggers by team which is an excellent tool for the time being. Looks like they might be looking to get feeds for all of the blogs as well which would be a great promotion tool for us.
Many things have been going on in my life over the past month, some pretty bad. But what has truly kept me in good spirits is the play of my beloved Florida Marlins. From being one of the worst teams in the majors to climbing into third place in the NL East and eyeballing the wild card is one heck of a feat. I don’t hate Atlanta, if anything I respect that franchise and its front office and Manager tremendously, but it sure is nice to see them in last place.
In one of the few times I get to see the Fish play on real TV, it of course is raining. From what I gather they will try everything to get the game played at some point today.
A few more comments on the Marlins:
Hanley Ramirez has fallen way off the mark ever since he fell on his back a few weeks ago. Still, he is contributing to this team as a leadoff hitter and is surpassing my intitial expectations for him. Jeremy Hermida’s time on the DL has cost him dearly this year. He will still be a super stud in the game and probably heat up this year, but so far he hasn’t made the impact I was hoping for as of yet. The surprise of the year that not one of us as Marlin fans saw coming was the immergence of Dan Uggla. His consistant play defensively and his hot bat makes me happy Pokey Reese decided to go AWOL. Thanks Pokey!
Enough for now, my fingers are now juiced back up so I’ll be writing about the thing that you really don’t care about more often….and you’ll like it.
Check out my current renter, Utenzi. Not sure what that is, but it seems to be a photo blog and there’s some really cool pictures that you might want to check out. I’m still in that funk where I have no motivation. Funny thing is, this happened the same time last year. I’m watching baseball and reading blogs, but I have nothing to offer. Once T-Ball season is over I think I’ll get my groove back. Glad I could help out some of the other mlbloggers spicing up their blogs. I know I have a fun time finding and applying new gadgets and I hope they did as well.
I had to take a little break from blogging a bit. I came on and read some other blogs but I had about zero motivation to write anything. That’s really all it was….just kind of in a personal funk. I’d like to promote my current renter, SportsUnderground.com. This is a really interesting blog that I have been checking out pretty much daily since I found it. And since it has to do with sports, it’s all the better! So check it out and leave some good comments.
I’ll be back writing soon on a regular basis.