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Marlins using newspaper headlines for motivation

May 5, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

From Joe Capozzi, the Marlins beat writer at the Palm Beach Post:

That was the headline after the Marlins’ 4-1 loss to the Phillies on Friday night. The Fish rode young starter Jose Fernandez to a 2-0 win on Saturday and will try to split this four-game set with Philadelphia on Sunday.

The sadsack Marlins — that’s admittedly kind of catchy — are currently 9-22 with a -51 run differential.

  1. rcali - May 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    That’s cute but at the end of the day it’s a Triple A team with a shyster owner.

    • jwbiii - May 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      You are aware that Craig’s previous blog was Shyster Ball, right?

      • Old Gator - May 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Incorrect. Craig’s previous and current blog was Circling the Bases.

    • Old Gator - May 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Look at it from Mike Redmond’s point of view. They can piss test for anything else he could use.

  2. tfbuckfutter - May 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    This just simply isn’t true.

    Loria just replaced the clubhouse internet with a good old fashioned newspaper.

    And he’s only charging players a quarter a day to read it.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - May 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    You can be as morivated as you want but if you dont have the talent it doesn’t matter.

  4. schmedley69 - May 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    They are beating up on “Sadsack” Roy Halladay today.

  5. Old Gator - May 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I learned the word “idiot” from Sad Sack comics – the Sarge was always calling the poor zhlub that. It has been among the most useful words in my vocabulary ever since.

    Incidentally, if you can find yourself a copy of an old Sad Sack comic book, you will note that he anticipated the way inner city kids wear their pants by almost fifty years.

  6. contraryguy - May 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Well the motivation must be working because the Marlins just chased Halladay in the 3rd; up 9-0. Or does success count as much against the 2013 Halladay?

    • Old Gator - May 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Six of those nine runs got on base on walks and hit batters (Ruggiano, twice, I think). Doc gave up a grand slam and a three run triple to Adeiny (.169) Hechavarria. A two run double to Marcel Ozuna, OK, but…Hechavarria????? I think the Feesh have just had one hit in the three innings or so since Doc went to the showers, so this disaster, much as I’d like to think the Feesh are waking up, seems more a function of Halladay’s regression than of the Feesh’s halting evolution into a real major league team.

      So now it begins, the serious questioning: is something really wrong with Doc, or has he just unraveled one too many telomeres?

      • contraryguy - May 5, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Not about to speculate on his telomeres, but Halladay clearly has problems.

        As to the Marlins, it seems unfair to expect anything out of that lineup, motivated or not.

      • Old Gator - May 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Olivo just whiffed with the bases loaded and smashed his bat against the plate so hard that he splintered it. The Feesh score a run on a single by Ozuna, who is 3 for 4 today with three ribbies and batting something like .465 since being called up. I love this kid. On a day when a burned out peetcher isn’t peetching, the Feesh will still average two runs a game, but Ozuna is one of those ballplayers with so many tools used so well that he could be the fulcrum of a turnaround somewhere down the road – if Scrooge McLoria’s meddling doesn’t untrack him first.

  7. gloccamorra - May 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    As Maxwell Smart would say, “the old ‘Dewey beats Truman’ newspaper trick”. I’d credit that to Redmond rather than the shady art dealer (aka SAD), who obviously doesn’t know anything about motivation.

    • Old Gator - May 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Well, he’s written one stupid book about Peanuts and one baseline competent book about art collecting, but no books about motivation, so you’re probably right. His new book, about manipulating corrupt and dimwitted county councilmen, should be out in the fall.

      • gloccamorra - May 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        Oooh. I’ll be waiting for that one. Since some of those dimwitted county councilmen make it to state attorney general, governor, and even Congress, it should be in novel form, with a nom de plume. That will make authorship tough to identify, so I hope you’ll help us find it when it comes out.

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