About This WeekendBy
What you missed this weekend while trying… not to… giggle… like a… 12-year-old… boy… during… TEE-HEE!
• The Marlins won! Once. They also lost two of three to the Giants and nine of their last ten. Like the groundhog, the Marlins came out, saw their shadows and… OH NO! SIX MORE WEEKS OF JUNE!
• It’s almost like he never left. On Sunday, Chris Volstad played in his first game since being being called back up from Triple-A. And he didn’t disappoint, giving up 3 home runs in 6 innings. Of course he did. Why wouldn’t he have?
• It’s my party and I’ll block your view if I want to. Sunday was also Billy the Marlin’s birthday, so the organization brought out all kinds of other mascots to stand directly in front of my seats and celebrate with the kids in attendance. Unfortunately, it was a 1:05pm start, so the kids had all melted.
No wonder baseball is so bereft of characters. It’s not a marketing problem. It’s not a lack of effort. It’s the game’s inherent stodginess – its remarkable ability to mute the outspoken – that keeps baseball from developing stars on par with the NFL and the NBA.
I agree. What baseball needs is a handful of players who think nothing of speaking their minds, who would be beloved by fans and media alike. Players like Mike Vanderjagt, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Allen Iverson and LeBron James. So loved, those guys. So very loved.