Whether it’s dunking on the hero being interviewed after the game or smacking someone with a shaving cream pie, the Marlins have come up with creative ways to celebrate wins and big moments this season.
On Saturday night, they went to the nearest pond they could find — The Clevelander pool — and tossed manager Dan Jennings in with them to celebrate his first victory.
“Obviously, it’s been kind of a frustrating couple of weeks for us,” left fielder Christian Yelich said. “This game is about having fun and stuff like that, and we kind of wanted to get back to that. It started off as a joke [between me and Dee Gordon], and after we got in here after the win [Saturday night] everybody was saying, ‘Let’s go in the pool!’ We did it, jumped in.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jennings became only the 12th manager in baseball history to pick up his first win in extra innings — joining Cy Young, among others.
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Yelich said he had been in The Clevelander pool once before during his rookie season in 2013. But he said it’s the first time most of the team went in together.
“It was kind of a cool moment,” Yelich said.
“[The shaving cream baths are] something that kind of happens whenever there is a first in the big leagues for you. I really won’t tell you what it is, but it’s something [that] happens after your first save, first win. After that, everybody went to the pool. I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal. But it’s nice to loosen it up and get back to having fun.”
Said first baseman Justin Bour: “The way we got that win, it was just a good time. I don’t know if I did a bellyflop or a backflop [into the pool]. Whatever it was I got the most out of it.”
CAPPS THE HERO
Reliever Carter Capps picked up his first win Saturday as a Marlin, striking out a career-high six while allowing only one hit in three innings.
“That was definitely my best big-league outing, so I was pretty excited about that,” said Capps, who was making his second appearance since being recalled from Triple A New Orleans on Wednesday. “That’s probably the best I’ve felt with my slider command.”
Acquired from the Mariners for Logan Morrison at the 2013 Winter Meetings, the Marlins have been working on adjusting Capps’ delivery for the past two years so he has better command.
Said Jennings: “I tip my hat to John Duffy, our Triple A pitching coach, and Charlie Corbell, our minor-league roving pitch coach. They spent time working with [Capps]. There was a mechanical adjustment that was made. To his credit, he did the work, he got the adjustment and he came out there [Saturday night] and was just, wow.”
▪ Catcher Jeff Mathis will begin his rehab assignment at Triple A New Orleans this week. The Marlins are hoping he will be back off the disabled list within seven to 10 days.
▪ Ichiro Suzuki picked up his 2,876th career hit, tying Mel Ott for 41st on the all-time list with a single off Brian Matusz in the eighth inning on Sunday.
▪ Monday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (2-1, 3.21 ERA) at Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (2015 debut), 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.
▪ Tuesday: Marlins TBA at Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (2-2, 5.28), 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.
Miami Herald sportswriter Manny Navarro contributed to this report.