What a contrast in baseball we see right now, nationally with the delightfully unpredictable playoffs underway, and locally with the frightfully abysmal Marlins weighing whether to fire manager Ozzie Guillen as a penance. The postseason is full of feel-good, but the only feel-good here is that fans put out of their misery can feel good they no longer are subjected to the Marlins being shut out or blowing late leads.
The best stories in sports are about underdogs who remind us anything is possible, and four of those stories jumped into this 10-team postseason:
The Orioles, shedding 14 consecutive losing seasons to get into Friday’s wild-card game
The Reds, trying to bring Cincinnati its first baseball championship in 22 years
The Nationals, who would bring World Series games to Washington for the first time since 1933
And maybe most of all the A’s, who overcame a 13-game deficit to Texas, never led their division outright until the final day of the season, and made it this far with a .239 team batting average and a roster of rookies and rejects comprising the second-lowest payroll in MLB.
Meanwhile, the big-money Marlins fizzled to a 69-93 last-place finish in what had been a season of high expectations in the first year of the new ballpark.
I don’t wanna say Miami was woefully weak offensively, but Adam Greenberg, the guy they gave the one at-bat to (he struck out), ended the season as the team’s third-leading hitter.
The club announced that Marlins Park next month would host an international soccer friendly between Venezuela and Nigeria. Perfect. No ballpark is more accustomed to hardly any scoring.
Postscript: As Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria weighs whether to fire Guillen, we might note that two of his previously fired managers here, Joe Girardi and Fredi Gonzalez, both made the playoffs.
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