If there were one word to describe the 2009 Florida Marlins besides maybe craptastico it would be implosive. This was a team so close to a postseason berth, but a plethora of strikeouts, a horsecrap bullpen, and a battle between the two biggest stars pretty much guaranteed theyd stay home in October. Two weeks ago against the hapless Nationals, Anibal Sanchez pitched six scoreless innings while Hanley Ramirez belted the 100th home run of his young career. Good enough for a win? Not for the Amazing Imploding Fish! Enter Renyel Pinto. The reliever managed to load the bases to set the table for the Nationals eventual walk-off home run. A microcosm of the entire 2009 season, if you ask us.
The Fish will try to pick up the pieces when they host the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies this Tuesday at LandShark Stadium. First pitch is at 4:10 p.m. Tickets start at $49.
Tue., Sept. 22, 4:10 p.m., 2009