The Curious Case of Joshua JohnsonBy
If an old poet chose to write about the star-crossed Florida Marlins and their ace starting pitcher’s 2011 season he wouldn’t need long to choose his angle.
The latest in Marlins news has SP Josh Johnson return set for September, but the All-Star right-hander might not return to the big club this season, and instead could finish the season with a few minor league rehab appearances.
Consider this, the young and talented Marlins hovered in and around first place for much of the 2011 season’s early months. South Florida was oozing with optimism, and why not?
It’s not like Fish fans have ever seen a group of unfamiliar stars and band together for a dream season before. Oh wait, 2003 anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Young players surrounded by a few established stars can come of age in a hurry. No one knows that better then Marlins fans.
The Fish had all the components for a run to the post-season, even in the super competitive N.L. East, until the Marlins lost their anchor, rockstar, ace, and slump-buster to a shoulder injury.
When June rolled around, the Fish desperately needed a streak-stopper, someone to stop the bleeding and get the train back on the tracks. The guy that fit that exact description was dedicated and under contract but unfortunately his health didn’t cooperate.
Remain calm Marlins fans we haven’t seen the last of Josh Johnson and 2012 will be here before you know it. That’s as good a time as any to turn a tragedy into something more pleasant, say a ballad or haiku.
Maybe even a Cinderella story.