Morning Marlin Maniacs. Trusting this Monday of a Tuesday treats you well, certainly better than baseball did if you turned to the Marlins for some Memorial Day cheer yesterday. The Fish went 1-3 over the long weekend, capped off by being on the wrong end of last night’s biggest blowout of the season, not to mention the end of what had been the Marlins best storyline of the season.
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But it’s a new week, and Jose is on the hill in a great pitcher’s duel with Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. So we’ll start you off with the top stories from the weekend in today’s Fish Flash. And it was an interesting one. We’ve got a salvo from a local sportscaster in response to some semi-official criticism, a deliberate pre-weekend plunking of the Rays mascot, and one of the more briefly terrifying and enduringly painful ways you’ll ever see an attempt to hit for the cycle come to an end. Let’s dive in.
So this is apparently a thing. And it’s one we’ll cover in depth on the site this week. But it would seem that Will Manso of Channel 10, among others, has taken some heat (we’ll go with not a pun) over the lack of coverage of the Marlins. Well, remotely positive coverage anyway. The above is Mr. Manso’s retort, which is Le Batard worthy in its epicness. Personally I think the other side has a point, but not enough of one to standup to this salvo.
The only problem with this analogy is that I think it makes Jeff Mathis Crash Davis, and Kevin Costner might actually have a better chance right now of homering in a contest than the Marlins backup catcher. But apparently Jose Fernandez had had enough of Raymond the Ray’s shenanigans, and served him up a big league warning. Dan Carson of Fox Sports has the story.
Lastly, Andre C. Fernandez of the Miami Herald issues an update of Derek Dietrich‘s return to the club following his lightning-quick exit from Sunday’s Marlins-Braves matchup. Whether you missed it and need a full accounting, or know all about it and just want to chuckle over how his teammates welcomed him back, it’s worth a read.