The beginning of the 2010 baseball season was filled with so much promise for Florida Marlins fans. They had legitimate up-and-coming stars like Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson. They had reigning NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan. The ownership even boldly predicted a playoff berth for the Fish. Then, of course, the season started.
Early on, Ramirez ran afoul of then-manager Fredi Gonzalez when he accidentally kicked the ball into the outfield and lazily retrieved it while runners scored. Then the Marlins abruptly fired Gonzalez with the promise of hiring Bobby Valentine only to have that possibility publicly implode before our very eyes. And now, Coghlan is out for the season after tearing a knee ligament during a postgame shaving-cream celebration. Adding to all that shame, Josh Johnson has been stellar all year, but he cant even get a win thanks to the atrocious Marlins bullpen.
The good news, though, is that the Marlins arent the worst team in the league. Sure, there will be no playoffs. Sure, our club is a laughingstock. But hey, we should be thankful the Fish arent the Houston Astros, who visit Sun Life Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens) over the weekend for a three-game series. Fridays game begins at 7:10 p.m., and tickets start at $9. Visit marlins.com.
Fri., Aug. 20, 7:10 p.m., 2010