Sunday, May 23, 2010
During the 1993, 1994, and 1995 seasons, our family shared a block of season tickets with a few other families we knew through our youth baseball league. During the Marlins' infant stages, we went to roughly 25 or so games a year. As you should know, the team was pretty bad during that stretch (combined record those seasons: 182-238). During one stretch when it seemed like the Fish lost every game we attended, they finally came through for a victory in our presence. When we reached our car in the parking lot, jubilant due to our good fortune, the first song on the radio was Tom Petty's Even the Losers. It was the perfect song for the moment, thanks to its refrain (Even the losers get lucky sometimes) and the fact that all four of us are huge Tom Petty fans. From that point on, we dubbed it the Marlins theme song. Every time I hear it, I laugh a little inside.