Sweet delectable justice served with a fist. That is what we like to see. And in this tight NL East race for 2nd place – as the Phillies laugh and pull away – nothing is sweeter than what occured last night.
You’ve probably seen the highlights by now. If not, go to Florida Marlins.com and watch it. Like 5 times. Ross Gload comes to the plate in the ultimate drama – his team is down 3-2 after Leo Nunez gave up a home run to a stinking Brave to potentially lose the game. Ross Gload was having none of that.
Gload stepped up to the plate with his usual intensity – the kind that one finds in an old western just before the shootout. Only the hero in this story wasn’t about to be put in a pine box, he was the one pulling the trigger to drop the other man. Gload’s home run launched into the right field bleachers and it seemed to continue traveling off into the night. He rounded the bases with a swagger and got his friendly beatin’ when he touched home plate to end the game.
Perfect. Just perfect.
To have a guy come over from the AL and quietly go about his business – getting himself prepared every game to come off the bench and be a left handed asset for Fredi Gonzalez – is a huge luxury. And for the cash-strapped Marlins, a massive asset. Gload has been the perfect complement to Wes Helms, a shrewd veteran that knows his craft, loves to compete, and won’t back down. He just got his chance to show how good he is and helped his team tremendously.
The Marlins are on a roll now. They just went on a road trip and won 5 of 6 games on the west coast, and came home to face the hot Braves for a pit fight in the stacking order of the NL East. Even if the Phillies continue to stay hot, the Marlins have to keep pace to tread water for a possible late September leap frog with the Phillies. Or even to keep an eye on the Wild Card race, which may potentially get the Fish extra baseball this season.
Doing it against the Braves is just so satisfying. You can’t help but imagine a wink from Gload when he did it.