A Look Back-April 2005

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It seems I started blogging here a bit later than I had previously thought. May 1st to be exact. Yeah, I jumped all over that marlins.mlblogs.com name thinking I pulled one off. I still have yet to see another Marlins blog around here and frankly, I don’t want to see one. I mean, think about it. I have the market cornered. Whenever something with the Marlins happens thats newsworthy, who gets the plug? Me, that’s who. Eh, seriously though, I really would like to see some other Marlin Blogs on here. We need all of the support we can get. You just can’t have the "marlins" sub-domain!

I had a few ideas in mind that went the way of the Dodo Bird. I wanted to do a monthly "Best of the Best" that featured the top players of the past month. I guess it was too much work on my part because it lasted like, one post. I thought throwing out the occasional ballpark eats recipe would be fun.  Not much going on there either. One thing is for certain…I can find some humor in what is happening to my team and write about it. I don’t blog after every single game because I really don’t see the point. That’s what the sportswriters do and they can do it alot better than I can. My goal is to write about the not so obvious things from the games or offer a little more insight from a fans point of view instead of the AP type stories.

Here’s to another great year of blogging on this site and I hope all of the new recruits hang around after their one month freebie is up. I’d like to make this the largest, most read, organized baseball blogging network on the internet.

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Full of Talent

I gotta say that the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have got to have one of the brightest futures in baseball as far as talent goes. Who wouldn’t want this roster come 2007 or 2008:

Jorge Cantu
BJ Upton
Rocco Baldelli
Carl Crawford
Jonny Gomes
Delmon Young
Aubrey Huff
Joey Gaithright
Julio Lugo(might not be in future plans)

Scott Kazmir
Edwin Jackson

Now all they need is another top starter or two and they are set. I would even imagine they could trade Gaithright or Huff for said starter and still have an amazing outfield. Now only if their fans can pull it together and come to the games, maybe when these players begin to peak, they can actually sign them long term.

Watch out Yankees, here come the D-Rays.

On a side note, their uniforms/colors are in my top five all time. Scold me all you want with that comment, but I love green.

 

Finally

Marlinslogo_12One Game Win Streak!

Everthing went right for the Marlins today as they defeated the Pads 9-2 while improving their record to 2-6. Just about everyone on the team pitched in and Shadez continues his hot hitting going two for three and batting .424 on the season. Mike Jacobs jacked his third homer of the year as well, but he needs to get his average up. Jason Vargas pitched a great game and the pen finally held the lead. I gotta say, Dewon Brazelton is just not good. I was lucky enough to meet him in Tampa a few years back and he is the nicest guy. I’ve been following him through the years and only on a rare occasion has he shown why Tampa took him with their first pick (3rd overall) in the 2001 draft. It’s a shame because when he is on, he’s flat out amazing. It would be nice if he could turn it around.

Oh and a comment to the folks that make the schedule…do not, I repeat, do not EVER schedule a Marlins home game during a weekday when summer isn’t quite here. It’s hard enough to get fans to the ballpark as it is, and a weekday is just plain stupid. Today’s paid attendance: 8,191. With 36,331 seats available, that’s like what, 23% capacity? ugh.

Better Days

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Marlinslogo_11HeartBreaker

The ride into NYC was actually quite pleasant, but the toll prices are out of control. $6.50 to go over the Geroge Washington Bridge and another $4.50 to go over the Triborro Bridge. Add in $13 to park at Shea, $4.75 for Peanuts, $6.75 beer, $4.00 Aquafina and I just spent the equivilant of the Gross National Product of Tonga. Other than that we had a heck of a time.

We arrived at Shea around 11am, found my buddy Larry and went to our seats. I was only slightly harassed by a guy at a toll booth and by a couple of kids for wearing my Marlins jersey. There was also this 8 year old kid that was heckling the players and had me cracking up the whole game.

It was a very exciting game and Dontrelle pitched outstanding again, and once again the bullpen blew it for him. This team may have the worst luck in the league. They could easily be 4-1 right now. But that’s the game of baseball for you.

Here’s a collection of some pics I took and a few from last years game at Shea to fill it up a bit. Enjoy!

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Rain Delay

Marlinslogo_9Mets_logo_2Here Comes the Train!

Well, tomarrow is the big day and since the rainout occured today, Dontrelle Willis gets the nod to pitch. I know I’m glad because to see him pitch live and in person will be few and far between for me. Again, we’ll be taking plenty of pics and I’ll write about the day’s events when I get back.

Until then….

Power Surge

Hitting, Pitching & Fun

Last nights loss was just hard to swallow. Other than D-Train walking too many and threw too many pitches in such a short time, he was masterful. Problem was, Oswalt pitched just as well. Florida couldn’t hit when it counted, leaving a few men in scoring position and wound up getting shut out.

 

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What a difference one night makes. Who’s the MVP of this game? We’ve seen the power showcased tonight with Cabs, Hammer and Jacobs going deep. We’ve seen Shadez get four hits tonight with three RBI, big change from last nights strike three looking ish. But my choice for player of the game has to go to Sergo Mitre and his six scoreless innings giving only up three hits, walking one and striking out 5.

For me, the best thing about baseball season is that good or bad game, we really can look forward to tomarrow.

On a side note, Mike Jacobs has just moved up a notch in my book. Just shove the cotton in the bloodied nose and Play Ball!