July 4, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez (15) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a home run in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

Gaby Goes Down Swinging


July 4, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins first baseman

The Marlins announced today that Gaby Sanchez would be sent down to AAA New Orleans to clear a roster spot for Carlos Lee.  While the move comes as no surprise given Gaby’s performance at the plate this year, it’s still sad to see an iconic Marlin head for the bus station.

What separates Gaby from other mid-season demotions is his reaction to the news.  According to reports, Gaby ducked into the clubhouse somewhere near the middle of the game to review his swing, and heard the news about the Cliff Lee trade.  It wasn’t a huge leap of logic to realize that a red tag would probably be in his locker at the end of the game.  His response was the epitome of the class and professionalism that separates baseball players from talented kids that can play baseball.

Rather than moping, pouting, or otherwise complaining about his fate, Gaby went to the plate and hit a single in the seventh inning that allowed Logan Morrison to hit the three-run shot that brought the Marlins to within one run of the Brewers. He followed the base hit with a might-as-well-have-been-scripted solo home run in the ninth inning with two outs and an 0-2 count.

My hat is off to Mr. Sanchez, and I am very glad to be a fan of a team that creates the kind of player that Gaby turned out to be. Effort in the face of that kind of adversity is far too uncommon in professional athletes today.  I sincerely hope that Gaby’s stay in the minors is a short one.  His return to the big leagues will be a welcome one, and baseball will be better with him in a lineup.

Thank you Gaby, and good luck.

Tags: Carlos Lee Gaby Sanchez Miami Marlins

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