With the trade deadline in the rearview-mirror — as well as any hope for a magical rally to the playoffs — Wednesday night’s fifth installment of Showtime’s The Franchise reality series on the Marlins tried to squeeze out what little drama is left the season.
And there were slim pickings.
Sandwiched between the play by play of how Jose Reyes has extended his major league-leading hitting streak over the past week, we get to see how Carlos Zambrano took his demotion to the bullpen (with on-field conversations between him and his teammates), how Emilio Bonifacio reacted to reaggravating his thumb injury (we see him with his head down behind a curtain) and Giancarlo Stanton’s return from knee surgery (who, as we expected, was happy).
Even the behind-the-scenes coverage is a bit dry.
The show devotes about 10 minutes to showing us the wives of Mike Dunn, Heath Bell, Donnie Murphy and Brett Hayes having dinner at a sushi restaurant on South Beach and watching on TV as their husbands win one of four games in Atlanta.
At one point, Hayes’ wife says: “I can’t believe we’re winning. It’s 4 to 1.”
Later in the game, Bell’s wife says, “Now I need to go to the bathroom and listen on the radio” as her husband struggles on the mound.
• One could argue the most entertaining part of the episode are the first two minutes when manager Ozzie Guillen goes on a rant in the clubhouse about how his team has “a bunch of [expletive] players with nice bodies.”
Guillen goes one by one, asking players to lift up their shirts and show their stomachs as players laugh. “Everybody here is about eating organic [expletive], apples, yogurt. Everybody has nice bodies — ‘let me eat bananas so I have a nice body.’ ”
Then pointing to players Guillen shouts, “.160, .180, .220 — what the [expletive].”