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My opinion as a Miami Marlin Fan…

I have followed closely the acquisition of new players, new team’s name, new Ballpark. Finally, the season started. As of yesterday, our beloved Miami Marlins are last in the National League East with seven wins and ten loses. It is early in the season, and we know there is no need to panic. But it is also time to discuss things. It is better now than later.

Games are not won only by goodwill. Games are won by performance. Last night, Jose Reyes overthrew an easy ball to our first base Gaby Sanchez. Last night with two people in base our catcher Buck hits into the third out. Last night Giancarlo Stanton made another error. Last night Lomo and Bonifacio almost injured each other trying to catch an easy ball to the outfield. Am I wrong if I am asking all the players to perform to expectations? I don’t believe so.

For any sports, and I follow many, a player either a woman or a man must have a drive. A wish bone, but also they need a backbone. I didn’t see a backbone in the Miami Marlins performance last night or for that effect in the last four games. We are last in our group not by lack of talent, but for lack of performance.

I also follow soccer closely. I do even before following baseball. In the last two days, some of the best players in the world, Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (aka Kaka) missed penalty kicks that could have taken their teams, Barcelona and Real Madrid to the final of the European Champions Cup. We are talking here big and famous players, we are talking here players known for their performance, drive, endurance and at the end they missed their kicks, they choked under pressure, under the eyes of millions of fans looking at them in the stadium and on tv. With disbelief. They took the air out of the fans, the followers… Last night the Miami Marlins one more time, did the same to me, and to thousands of others watching the game or tv or following via internet or radio. What am I trying to say with the example of the soccer players? That they are humans and of course things happen… but we are not there yet… we are not in the playoffs like they were, we are not even second in our group… we are very far from what they have reached and that is what worries me. We are not there yet and we are falling behind.

I believe in real talent. I believe our team has it. Every single one of them. I believe that all our pitchers are excellent and they all should get the CY Young Award. But an award goes with performance, with what you do in the field. All our pitchers can achieve it… I believe all our Marlin players should get MVP Awards, Silver Slugger Awards, and down the road become inducted to the Hall of Fame.  But all these awards come with performance. Not overthrowing a ball to first base Jose, or not almost crashing into your peer in the outfield Logan Morrison…and most definitely not eating Sun Flower seeds after an error Stanton.

We, the Marlins Fan this season are stronger and more powerful than ever. If you believe the Phillies’ crowds are vocal and crazy, your haven’t seen yet what the Miami Marlins fans will do in our Marlins Park. For years our players have whined about the empty seats, about the lack of support of the fans. Now boys, you have it. Blogs, Tweets, Facebook’s posts, attendance, fans wearing your team’s colors. Now you have it. Now give us what we want, what we wanted for many years…a solid group performing and winning…


La Marlina 2011


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