April 7th- Marlins get off to a 5-2 start, quite a change of pace over last year’s 0-7. Maybe this team won’t be that terrible…
May 8th- The Marlins are 20-15, and in first place in the NL east. Who would have thought? and boy is Jose Fernandez something else. When did we learn how to score runs?
May 13th- Jose Fernandez placed on 15 day- DL. Uh oh, I hope he’s ok, or else we’re screwed.
May 16th- Jose Fernandez undergoes Tommy John surgery, and the Marlin’s playoffs hopes sank with the first incision.
July 19th- The Marlins have lost 6 games in a row, and are 8 games under .500. Stanton to the Red Sox? why not.
August 20th- Finally, back over .500. Giancarlo Stanton for MVP. 2.5 games back of a Wild Card spot. Wait, did I read that right?
The Miami Marlins, who lost 100 games last season, are 2.5 games out of the Wild Card, on August 20th, without Jose Fernandez. Henderson Alvarez is an all star. Giancarlo Stanton is on pace to be the first Marlin MVP. It hasn’t been flashy, their run differential is -25, yet they’ve won more games than they have lost. Walk-offs, come backs, one-run wins, luck, whatever. They’re getting it done. These guys are young, they’re exciting, and they just won’t go away.
How can you not root for a team like this? Nobody gives them a chance, they get no love from the national media, and they have the most scrutinized owner in professional sports. The Cinderella story material is all there.
Aside from the story lines, obstacles, and doubters, this team also possess the most exciting player to watch in Major League Baseball. Giancarlo Stanton hits baseball very, very far. Go watch him.
If I haven’t given you enough reasons to hop on this bandwagon, then you need to rethink your life. This team keeps giving us reasons to watch, and we need to enjoy every minute of it. Because it’s baseball, and you can never count on tomorrow, let alone next season.