Yeah, aside from Hanley Ramirez emergence as the best young shortstop anywhere, its pretty lean times for the Marlins. The upshot: With a month remaining in the season, the Marlins at least have a chance to play the spoiler. The matinee on the eve of Labor Day will conclude a six-game homestand against the Braves and Phillies, two teams still scrapping for a Wild Card playoffs berth. The Phillies this summer became the first team with 10,000 losses, and havent been to the playoffs since 1993. Beating them on the precipice of the postseason breeds just the kind of company misery loves. Boo the city that booed Santa Claus on Sunday at 1:05 at Dolphin Stadium (2269 NW 199 St., Miami). Tickets start at $9. Kick it old school by buying them at the gate, or incur service charges via florida.marlins.mlb.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 954-523-3309.
Sun., Sept. 2, 1 p.m.