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A Rough Awakening

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It was a rough one. I am not making reference to the last game of the Miami Marlins at Home in which we lost 4-2. It would have been a nice sweep against the Padres. But, it was not. What that game really stood for was a forecast of the games to come. Nobody saw that, not me, not the thousands of fans full of hope and cheers that had experienced the 5-2 record, nor the media people covering the Marlins that only a few days ago were praising them up and down—“The New Marlins 2014”

Visiting Washington has never been easy; Neither Philadelphia. It must be something in the Northern air that our Fishes can’t breathe? Or maybe it is related to our Fishes getting a false confidence when they beat the Padres and Rockies which probably will be on the basement standings by the end of this season. So, I followed closely every game. I saw the empty Ballparks… (Yes, people, not only Marlins Park has empty seats), the lineup, Coach Redmond aka “Walker Zombie” Redmond . I had still the sweet taste of Opening Day in my mouth… but not for long.

I am not a Statistics Baseball Guru. I don’t want to be. There are other people and software assigned for that. I am just a Miami Marlins Fan. And as such, the pain reached an unbearable level when we finished losing all the “Away” games. Not one or two, but all six games. All of a sudden, the Nationals became the talk of the MLB because they produced two Grand Slams out of their batters, beating the “5-2 up and coming Miami Fishes”. Then, three games against the Phillies. The age difference between the Fishes and the Phillies is abysmal. I got nothing against oldies. I am going that way, for sure sooner or later, like it or not. Youth is a treasure, but youth gives also disadvantage. The oldies like Utley, Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Howard all of a sudden became possessed by their own old spirits, and crashed all our hopes of winning at least one game… one of six… plssssssssssss…but it didn’t happened.

The scores against the Phillies 6-3, 5-4, and 4-3 show a close margin of runs, especially the last two, but if you saw the game on TV or listened it on the Radio, the margin was much bigger than those numbers. The margin difference was created first by Redmond with his ineptitude and passionless demeanor. I don’t hate him, but I don’t like him. And he is hurting my team. My young and so easily influenced team. When we are young, we look up to our older siblings and parents. Stone-faced “Walker Zombie” Redmond is not someone to look up to.

I wished that this morning when I woke up, these last seven games were only a nightmare, a nightmare than all Marlins fans experienced over and over again and as soon as the sunlight crossed my window it would disappeared. But it didn’t. That was a rough road trip. It was a rough awakening for all of us. And I have a feeling that even if Mr. Loria and Mr. Samson may be far and away, in Europe sipping an expensive wine or champagne with friends and family, or in Asia , visiting Landmarks and touristic areas, they followed every single thing that happened on those last six games. And they are not happy. Hint.. Hint…

We play tonight again. Three games against the Always Overrated Nationals and three against the Mariners. The Mariners team is coming to our Marlins Park with a 6-5 record finding themselves as 2nd in the AL Division. We are 5-8 below the Mets. Argggghhhh!!! I am awake now. Roughed up but awake. Let’s see what we can do to mend the first and hopefully last disastrous road trip that we just saw.

Love my Fishes. #LETSGOFISH

La Marlina2011

Rough Awakening

I am a Marlin

I AM A MARLIN

The Spring Training season is over. The regular season of the MLB 2013 has started and I am already tired. Yes. I am not tired because the lack performance of my team. No. I have high hopes about each and every single player in the roaster. What kills me, it really does, and exhausts me to almost become nauseated is to read tweets, articles, and radio rants against the Miami Marlins and Loria.

It is like those movies that they keep playing over and over again, either late at night or during the weekend, that we all have seen them before, but the networks and other channels keep pushing them down our throats.  Those articles, those rants, those old and pessimistic opinions keep playing on and on, over and over.  I truly don’t see the point and here is why…

  • The owner of the Miami Marlins is Mr. Loria. That is not going to change until Mr. Loria wants it to change. Check
  • We traded good, mediocre and bad players. They are not coming back. Check
  • We have young exciting players in our roaster like Brantley, Stanton, and Hechavarria, promising to say the least.  We have older and more experienced players like JP and Polanco. Check.
  • We have a new coach, who has MLB playing experience and experience as a Marlin. He knows the organization probably more than any other coach has. Check.

Then, when somebody says on the radio, on television (even our local broadcasters) or on the web that they will never support the team, that they will never give “their money” to Mr. Loria because his business modus operantis is pro-himself and against the fans… I think to myself… Are you for real? Are you really fans?  Are you really professional broadcasters with the vision of a 3 months old baby? This is not about Mr. Loria and when he feels like trading stars or not. It is not about allegedly getting our tax money and building a baseball stadium for his own benefit and profit… No, this is not about this…it is about baseball…

Baseball is a passion. It is a sport where young and old get together to watch their team beat the other team.  Baseball and being a Miami Marlin’s fan has a good history compared to other teams in the league. Two World Series in 20 years of the franchise is very darn good. This is about how we feel when we walk in the park. When we wear our Marlins Jerseys and when we see a ball hit by Stanton going up, up and away, even hitting and breaking the score board.  This is not about Mr. Loria and having supposedly AA players playing in the major league, this is about us, about how we feel, how much we love and enjoy getting together with friends and family and having an afternoon at the park with air conditioning and delicious food. It is about sitting in front of my TV any other day and watching my team trying to win every game either if they play the overrated Nationals or the obnoxious Phillies. It is not about Mr. Loria people, it is about how happy we get if we win and how sad we feel all day long if we lose a game because the double play was not done on time, or because the umpire is blind as a bat and his plate area is bigger than the dome from a novel of Stephen King. The bottom line of all these unnecessary hateful rants from the media is that it does more harm than good. These behaviors will not motivate or promote our young players. It will just depress them. It will not hurt Mr. Loria. It  never has and never will.

We follow baseball and especially the Miami Marlins for ourselves.  Because we like it, we want it, and we enjoy it. I don’t care if for every dollar that I spend Mr. Loria and Company multiplies into 6 dollars. I don’t care…and you know why? Because this is about me, not about them.

I learned and decided early in my life, that I should do what I like and want, as long as it was not illegal, or unethical.  We can’t boycott the world. If we start researching every single company, we will not consume anything. ANYTHING. Not a piece of fruit, not a computer, not an I-phone for sure… We may not like Mr. Loria’s actions towards our beloved team. I got that. But, we shouldn’t let that influence how much we love our team, how much we love the sport that puts our community together under a roof, and how much we believe in the greatest American sport.

We love you Miami Marlins. And I am Marlin. Without a doubt.

La Marlina2011

It is 2013!!!

It is 2013. A few months have passed since the shock.  If you are a Miami Marlins fan, or if you follow baseball you know what I am talking about…even if you are not…it was all over the news.  Mr. Loria, owner of the Miami Marlins traded some of the most valuable, arguably underachieving players of our team.

I can’t deny it. I am biased.  I like some players more than others. I like the ones that play hard and battle every game.  My favorites were Reyes, Bonifacio, Infante (who was traded before the last ones) and Buerhle.  The pain that you created, Mr. Loria, was hard to compare to any other sports-related pain I have experienced.  I am not from Baltimore, but those who are—the victims of one of the worst “hit and runs” in sports history when the Colts were stolen from the city in the middle of the night almost thirty years ago—they know this pain.  Those Colts’ fans know this pain.  It was a brutal move.

But this move, Mr. Loria, was also brutal.  Not because you traded five players at the end of a crazy and demoralizing season. But because you lifted our hopes up, so high and then let us fall.  How did you do that? Very well for sure: promises of a bright future; a new stadium—beautiful and comfortable; a new name; and a new uniform that I thought was awful at first.  But after a few weeks, to tell you the truth, then, it grew on me.  We all have a weak side, don’t we?

In 2012, you went out and got some of the best players in the league and put them together under the supervision and coaching of Mr.Guillen.  What happened:  We finished with one of the worse seasons, 93 losses, pretty sad.

But, it is 2013. The sun is shining outside in our beautiful South Florida.  The hope starts growing again in our hearts, and some of us are already talking about buying Spring Training Tickets and about attending our beautiful Marlins Park. There is nothing better than time to heal any wound. And some time has passed, not enough though.  I am still waiting to hear what the Fox Sports commentators Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton have to say about your moves, but life goes on.

We still have one of the best players in the whole league–Stanton. We also have acquired, thanks to the trades, some promising new blood.  And we even have a few new more experienced players such as Polanco and Pierre.  But, that wonderful feeling that you pumped us up with in 2012 is definitely gone. You personally killed it. But, it is another year. It is a complete different game to play.

Expectations?  I am super careful now. You are still the Boss, Mr. Loria. But, I wish my Miami Marlins the best. I wish them as many wins as are mathematically, statistically and realistically possible. I wish that Marlins Park is full of fans chanting “LET’S GO FISH” over and over again. I wish Stanton hits a home run, high and away, almost every single at bat.   I wish Mr. Loria that you would learn from your mistakes. I really do.  And trading those players (most of them anyway) was plainly irrational, stupid and a mistake.

Now–wearing my Marlins Jersey and Cap—I stand up and declare 2013 as a Happy New Year for our Miami Marlins!

GO MARLINS!  GO FISH!

LaMarlina2011

The Happiness of being a Marlin

I am truly sleep deprived. I follow the Miami Marlins closely and since May 1st when they have been playing in the West Coast and, most recently in Houston , I have been up and running late night with the Fishes.

Of the nine games that they played, they only lost one. The loss was in a game that was turned sour by a double error of Infante.  But there is nothing like redemption. And redemption for Infante took place last night on the 12th inning. He hit a ball that allowing two runners to score, and the Astros couldn’t come back in the bottom of the 12th.  The MARLINS WON 5-3 over the Astros.

What I like best about this winning streak is that Marlins fever is beginning to catch on in South Florida .  Earlier today, I had to run some errands. I must confess that I do wear the Miami Marlins colors often.  I also have a Miami Marlins flag and many bumper stickers on my car.   Driving out of the parking from one of my errands, I turned onto the main road.  As I drove out, all of a sudden this silver car, a newer model than mine, appears right on my same lane. It was going much faster that what I was driving, then it slows down almost tail gating me, and I think to myself, oh my…the driver must be upset, he is going to scream profanities, or he will maneuver and maybe would cut me off with his vehicle… but, guess what? The silver car slowly drives by me and it moves in front of my car.  Then, I see a hand coming out of the car’s sunroof.   Oh no—I thought, here it comes.

And then what did I see?  A hand with a Miami Marlins hat!!! The driver was showing me that he is also wearing the Miami Marlins spirit !!!  He waves the hand several times with the Miami Marlins hat.  It was hysterical.  At that moment I shared a big smile with the world, and that short exchange between two strangers made me realize how strong, cheerful and faithful the 2012 Marlins fans are.

This display of Marlins fever was just the most recent one.  It was not a one-time event.  I have seen it often lately. It is the “Happy Marlin Fan Syndrome”.

It definitely helps that our team is winning.  It also helps that we are not last in our group anymore, and that we are coming out of that horrible slump of April, step by step, inning by inning. Winning is wonderful and it energizes us. But, we also get energized by our players: by Hanley’s “shhhhhh” sign and by the famous “Lo Viste” sign of Bonifacio that almost all of our players display after a good hit or catch, even Mr. Loria has done “Lo Viste”.

Of course, I can’t forget to mention the Astros Pitcher Jose Lopez’ “Lo Viste.”  He can be as mad as he wants to be…I just thank him for making us feel important. Because We The Marlins are important. Finally, after many long years, the Miami Marlins performance is being analyzed and watched by many more people.  And that I truly love.

Like I said before, I haven’t slept a lot thanks to the games. I will catch up with my beauty sleep later on today. But I wanted to let the Miami Marlins know that I believe in you guys. That your Marlins’ colors are being displayed with pride and joy throughout Florida and beyond. Keep the good job. See you Friday.

GO FISH GO MARLINS.

La Marlina 2011

The Happiness of being a Marlin

I am truly sleep deprived. I follow the Miami Marlins closely and since May 1st when they have been playing in the West Coast and, most recently in Houston , I have been up and running late night with the Fishes.

Of the nine games that they played, they only lost one. The loss was in a game that was turned sour by a double error of Infante.  But there is nothing like redemption. And redemption for Infante took place last night on the 12th inning. He hit a ball that allowing two runners to score, and the Astros couldn’t come back in the bottom of the 12th.  The MARLINS WON 5-3 over the Astros.

What I like best about this winning streak is that Marlins fever is beginning to catch on in South Florida .  Earlier today, I had to run some errands. I must confess that I do wear the Miami Marlins colors often.  I also have a Miami Marlins flag and many bumper stickers on my car.   Driving out of the parking from one of my errands, I turned onto the main road.  As I drove out, all of a sudden this silver car, a newer model than mine, appears right on my same lane. It was going much faster that what I was driving, then it slows down almost tail gating me, and I think to myself, oh my…the driver must be upset, he is going to scream profanities, or he will maneuver and maybe would cut me off with his vehicle… but, guess what? The silver car slowly drives by me and it moves in front of my car.  Then, I see a hand coming out of the car’s sunroof.   Oh no—I thought, here it comes.

And then what did I see?  A hand with a Miami Marlins hat!!! The driver was showing me that he is also wearing the Miami Marlins spirit !!!  He waves the hand several times with the Miami Marlins hat.  It was hysterical.  At that moment I shared a big smile with the world, and that short exchange between two strangers made me realize how strong, cheerful and faithful the 2012 Marlins fans are.

This display of Marlins fever was just the most recent one.  It was not a one-time event.  I have seen it often lately. It is the “Happy Marlin Fan Syndrome”.

It definitely helps that our team is winning.  It also helps that we are not last in our group anymore, and that we are coming out of that horrible slump of April, step by step, inning by inning. Winning is wonderful and it energizes us. But, we also get energized by our players: by Hanley’s “shhhhhh” sign and by the famous “Lo Viste” sign of Bonifacio that almost all of our players display after a good hit or catch, even Mr. Loria has done “Lo Viste”.

Of course, I can’t forget to mention the Astros Pitcher Jose Lopez’ “Lo Viste.”  He can be as mad as he wants to be…I just thank him for making us feel important. Because We The Marlins are important. Finally, after many long years, the Miami Marlins performance is being analyzed and watched by many more people.  And that I truly love.

Like I said before, I haven’t slept a lot thanks to the games. I will catch up with my beauty sleep later on today. But I wanted to let the Miami Marlins know that I believe in you guys. That your Marlins’ colors are being displayed with pride and joy throughout Florida and beyond. Keep the good job. See you Friday.

GO FISH GO MARLINS.

La Marlina 2011

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