There are different ways to do anything, especially, winning a baseball game. At the end though, the last inning will drag in your memory—for some only for a while and for others only until the next game. In the last few games, we have seen different “flavors” of our beloved team the Miami Marlins. They have ended each game in a very different manner, like the different flavors of ice cream.
May 15—Marlins Beat Pittsburgh Pirates!
Working as a closer, Randy Choate seals the game giving Josh Johnson a deserved and extremely due “W.” There was nothing crazy about the end of this game. And, for the first time in a while, the Marlins looked matured and settled. No late inning heroics were necessary. The settled ending may even allow some fans to forget Stanton’s great catch which made #2 on ESPN Sport Center’s greatest plays of the game, or the fact that our sometimes lifeless batters were unable to knock in Bonifacio to score a run after his triple.
*Flavor of the day* Chocolate
May 13—Mother’s Day—Marlins Beat NY Mets!
It’s the bottom of the ninth, and the bases are loaded with two outs. Stanton comes to the plate, and next, a grand slam! It’s the first slam at our new Marlins Park, and the first homerun for Giancarlo at Marlins Park—that controversial too big for hitters, pitcher’s park. To be honest with you, I didn’t see it coming. I had a little tiny hope in the back of my mind though. What I really was thinking at that moment was that Giancarlo owed it to himself to hit it out of the park. I wasn’t sure it could happen, but Giancarlo made me a believer one more time.
*Flavor of the day* Strawberry
May 11—Marlins Beat NY Mets!
A struggling Heath Bell once again comes into the game, this time though he gets three quick outs! The bottom of the ninth comes and we are still down one run. Will there be any more walk-off heroics before the crowd of 31,000 plus fans at the ballpark? Yes, there is! Dobbs singles; the fans cheer their hearts out, and the Fish win again! Do I need to say more?
*Flavor of the day* Vanilla/Chocolate Swirl
The one thing that is certain that most fans and media specialists will agree with me is that the Miami Marlins are not for the weak of heart. All of our players are excellent professionals but baseball is a very psychological game and the mind can take you high or can take you low. These highs and lows often show up in our wins and losses.
So the question is which end of a game is more fulfilling? Probably the majority of readers will say it was the Mothers day grand slam—the strawberry ice cream. It is true that that play is going to be one of the most memorable of the new Miami Marlins team for a long time. But in my opinion the best end of the last few games was last night—the chocolate flavored ice cream. With JJ pitching an excellent seven innings, with Hanley and Bonifacio making contact with the ball earlier in the game, and with Choate quietly closing the game and walking off the mound chatting with Buck—a big, content smile on his face, the Miami Marlins looked focus and were all business. That is the team that I would like to see over and over again until the sweet day when we make the playoffs.
Sorry Stanton, your grand slam will always bring a smile to my face when I remember it or watch it on replayed on television, but last night’s game was a concentrated effort from all parts of our team, and that is what we all want and need. Even though strawberry is one of my favorite fruits and flavors, for now Chocolate is the winner.
GO FISH GO MARLINS
La Marlina 2011