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The Miami Marlins’ executives were “outraged” on Thursday over the Red Sox lack of star power in their lineup. The Sox filled their roster with mostly minor league players with the exception of Brandon Snyder, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Ryan Lavarnway when they traveled to Jupiter to play today’s game. These three men and some of the top prospects among teams in Major League Baseball were cause for potential complaint to the Grapefruit League. Snyder, Bradley, and Lavarnway will all receive rings on Opening Day at Fenway Park, but they weren’t enough. Miami wanted Big Papi delivered on a silver platter.
How dare the Sox decide on a lineup that the Marlins’ front office did not agree on? The decision to put a player on the field is best made by the coaches of that team. Am I right? It is not Boston’s fault that we did not meet, nor exceed expectations for the ticket price increase inflicted on local fans and vacationers. The Red Sox were just showing up for a game. Try giving out bobbleheads or posters next time, guys. We all know what happens when one starts to assume: Miami makes a ::bleep:: out of themselves.
Isn’t that how the saying goes?
The Marlins need to come back down to Earth and realize some basic truths about this game. It was actually quite competitive, well played, baseball based on the score. It was a tie due to the rain that ended that game at the bottom of the seventh inning. (Even Mother Nature cried at how selfish the Marlins behaved.) Both rosters received good practice. You do not always get Dustin Pedroia or David Ortiz, but the crowd that attended did get to see future third-baseman Garin Cecchini. He is more than likely to play some time this year in Boston. I venture to say sometime in late July early August. The crowd also got to see the ever-improving Allen Webster take the mound. After last week’s rough start, ace Jon Lester sat down with Webster to discuss his mechanics. Webster reduced his pitch count to 30 over 3 innings, and had no walks.
Hey, those are two great Spring Training stories! These are the kind of stories that baseball is all about, for most people. Spring training is a time to focus on fundamentals, team chemistry, working out lineups, and the 25-man roster. Ultimately, though, it is about having fun without the pressures of the regular season. Franchise standings drawing revenue matter then, but not when you are playing in league named after a citrus fruit.
At the end of the day, if the Marlins want to make money, they ought to work on themselves, and hire some better management.
For now, they will just have to wait to face the Yankees on March 15th.