Back in 2003, the Marlins lost to the Red Sox. It wasn’t just a loss, it was a horrific loss as the scoreboard at Fenway read 25-8 when it was over. At that point, the team was poised to go into a tailspin yet, something happened; they won the next night 10-9 in a comeback win.
“That was an amazing night, especially after the night before we got hammered,” Mike Redmond said.
Coming back from a 6 run deficit to win against the first place Nationals has many going beyond belief – they now have tangible proof. The win reminded Redmond of that fateful night in 2003 that seemed to characterize that team’s ability to fight.
What was amazing about the win was how it was done – it was done by the entire team as notables like Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee were unable to drive in critical runs. The walk off came off the bat of Jeff Baker, who has been playing anywhere Redmond has put him. And this is how it is, a team that plays together and is winning together.
Tonight the Marlins faced the Nationals with Stephen Strasburg on the mound. All they did was scrape and put three runs on the board in a shutout of the Nats bats and a 2nd win in a row against the first place Nationals. Nine wins out of their past 10. The Marlins have 25 wins by one run – the most in baseball.
Stanton can’t help but smile. He talks about staying focused and executing and not backing down. He has put the team on his shoulders and now, they are following him. The team believes it can win and is proving it.
The volume is being turned up. Fans are noticing and even talking about pulling the trigger on a trade. The Fish have declared they are no longer “sellers” but instead buyers. Rumors about Jon Lester coming to Miami have started to surface.
So where will this team end up? Who knows. But right now, everyone is really excited to watch this team and see what they can do. They are getting hot at just the right time. There is still a lot of work to be done, but who knows? Why not the Marlins?