“We can’t even get on SportsCenter. We swept the [Nationals], and we couldn’t even get on SportsCenter. That’s amazing.”
Mike Jacobs is right. Marlin fans have long cried conspiracy over the national coverage of the major league franchise, and this fan in particular has always believed it. What the Marlins did last night was practically unbelievable.
They were down three runs to ace Roy Oswalt, who has struggled to start the season but was finally looking like he was getting back on track. The Marlins, without warning, went on an offensive binge and launched 8 runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to take this game over.
Jorge Cantu, emerging as a capable third baseman and trying to replace, in some fashion, the departed Miguel Cabrera bombed the top of the train tracks with his home run. It then bounced out of the park onto Crawford Street.
Hermida, on a 3-2 count facing a 3-nil score on Oswalt, tied up the game with one swing.
The Marlins are 7-3 with a $21M dollar payroll. The next closet team in payroll? The Tampa Bay Rays with $35M.
The way the Marlins are playing is scary good. They have won 4 in a row, swept the Nationals in DC and now overcame the Astros best pitcher to steal a game and blow it open. Oswalt’s season is now being doubted internally and the Marlins bats, of all teams, are the ones creating this anxiety for Astro fans.
And this team can’t get on any highlight reels. Why?