Although several Marlins admitted Wednesday they have tuned in to see themselves on Showtimes The Franchise often, only a couple said they have bothered to watch the other sports reality show being filmed in town: HBOs Hard Knocks on the Dolphins.
I think I saw five minutes of the first episode," Marlins reliever Ryan Webb said. And it was the part when Chad Johnson told coaches he was going to get arrested. Guess he was right.
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who had a scholarship offer to play football at Southern California, said he saw about 10 minutes of the first episode of Hard Knocks.
Reliever Mike Dunn said he wanted to watch the second episode, which aired Tuesday and features Johnson when he gets released from the team following a domestic violence incident with his wife. Heard it was a great episode, Webb said.
Webb, who had his demotion to Triple A last month aired on the show, said that while at times there might be some uncomfortable moments for players that appear on TV, he understands why fans appreciate the inside, behind-the-scenes peeks.
It definitely makes you a fan, Webb said. Watching our own show can be pretty boring because we already know whats going to happen. But on the Dolphins show, we arent there. Its kind of cool to see what the other team goes through.
Stanton, who agreed to have cameras follow him when he had arthroscopic knee surgery right before the All-Star Break last month, said there hasnt been a time yet when Showtime cameras have made him feel uncomfortable.
Knowing you agreed to something, you have to know theyre going to be around more than you want to or realize, Stanton said. For us, the union is pretty good if theres anything a little iffy. They check up on it.
You know where [the cameras] are pretty much at all times. Its cool to see the process of it. They work all day, film so much, chop through it to build a half-hour piece.
• Both manager Ozzie Guillen and pitcher Josh Johnson praised catcher Rob Brantly for taking charge behind the plate in his big-league debut Tuesday night. Brantly finished 0 for 3. He said he kept an autographed team lineup card and gave the ball from the first strikeout he caught from Johnson to his parents.
• Infielder Nick Green said he had an MRI performed on his injured left thumb Wednesday but has yet to receive the results. He said he cant hold a bat without pain.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (9-11, 4.90 ERA) vs. Colorado Rockies TBA, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field.
• Friday: Marlins LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-2, 1.45) vs. Rockies TBA, 8:10 p.m.,, Coors Field.
• Scouting report: The Marlins took two of three at home from the Rockies from May 21-23.