Fear not, though. HLD&S may have been sawing logs through half of last night’s series opener between the Marlins
, but we still learned several valuable lessons from the game:
1) Matt Cain is annoying.
2) If you are planning to give up a home run to Pablo Sandoval, Sean West, it is probably best not to first give up a double and two walks to load the bases.
3) It is significantly more difficult to win a game when your best hitter is sitting out due to an injury.
4) If you are planning to write a recap of a game, it is probably best to stay awake for more than five innings of said game.
Word on the street is that while HLD&S was enjoying a REM cycle or two, the Fish made an attempt at a rally in the ninth inning. The Marlins scored twice to make it a one-run game, and Bonifacio
came to bat with two outs and the tying run in scoring position.
Now, were HLD&S managing the Marlins, this is the point at which Hanley Ramirez would be yanked from the bench–regardless of his ailments–and shoved into the batters box to pinch-hit for Bonifacio. Hip, schmip. Yes, Bonifacio already had three hits in the game. Yes, our All-Star shortstop hadn’t taken batting practice and would be possibly risking further injury. But regardless of those facts, we would have pinch hit him there. Hanley could be unconscious, seizing, bleeding out and sporting several prosthetic limbs, and we’d still put our money on him over Bonifacio in this situation.
And that is probably one of the many reasons why Fredi
is managing the Marlins, rather than HLD&S (or Pete Rose).