Tuesday, August 21, 2012
For a fat dude, you'd think Heath Bell would be a little more jolly...
Bell felt the editing process made it look as if too much of blame on the disappointing season fell on him.I haven't watched The Franchise (because as Darren Rovell pointed out once, I'm a bad fan, obvi). But television "ruined" you life, Heath?
"It wasn't a good experience for me," Bell said. "It was a good experience knowing how television can ruin your life. It was fun. I like some of the guys, the camera guys. They're not bad guys. It's just the guys who were cutting and pasting, they can make it look like one person is the reason we didn't do well, or they can make it look like the team did bad.
"They definitely portrayed me as the only one having a bad year, because you heard it on just about every episode, but not everybody else."
This season can't end soon enough...
Monday, August 20, 2012
Showtime has decided to conclude the current season of "The Franchise" a week earlier than originally planned:
The original plan called for eight weekly episodes, starting July 11. But the Marlins have endured such a trying season that the team will end its run on Showtime this Wednesday — its seventh weekly episode — instead of Aug. 29.Anyone who has noticed the declining frequency of posts on this here blog knows that Ted and I totally empathize with Showtime. The network thought it would be airing a series about an exciting young team in the throes of a pennant race, and instead it got the biggest disappointment in baseball, a team whose biggest stories involved the Guillen-Castro controversy and the decision to trade away its former franchise player for peanuts.
The Marlins still will have upheld their agreement for eight episodes. They also did a special preview episode in April after manager Ozzie Guillen created controversy with his comments about Fidel Castro.
Then again, do you actually even know anyone who subscribes to Showtime? I've never met a Showtime subscriber in my life, obviously they don't exist. No wonder their ratings are suffering!
UPDATE, via Fish@Bat, here is the trailer for the season finale:
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The great Earl Weaver turns 82 today, so we're using that as an excuse to post our favorite YouTube video ever:
Long live the king.
Ted and I are big fans of comedian and Twitter-genius Rob Delaney. So you can imagine my delight when he learned he shares a name with a relief pitcher in the Marlins' minor league system:
UPDATE: Rob replies:
@marlinsdiehards Oh, I've known about him for a while! He's awesome. I feel bad that we have the same name since I'm a scumbag.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) August 14, 2012
Pic via Rob Delaney's tumblr
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Manager Ozzie Guillen is leaning towards going with Bell the next time there is a save situation. Guillen still holds the right to change his mind, based on circumstances, but look for Bell to be given a chance to lock down the final outs.Were the Marlins not 10 games below .500 in August, I'd be more than a bit concerned about this decision. But with the Marlins far from contention, I'm not even going to get mad. I'm going to take a page from the Fins Nation playbook and just enjoy what remains of this trainwreck of a season for what it is: a human catastrophe that I can't help but watch with awe. I'll also be drinking heavily whenever I watch the Marlins, but that goes without saying.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Deadspin reports that some glorious hacker has posted a number of inane messages on various MLB teams' social media pages, including the above (now deleted) Miami Marlins Facebook post. Pretty funny (I'm pretty sure owning a pitbull is no longer legal in Miami-Dade County), but the hack artists' other posts are better (Best one: "Fuck Bill Murray" on the Cubs' page).
If we were to hack the Marlins' social media accounts, though, we'd go for more of a kill shot. Something like "Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to sell the team to Wayne Huizenga, who promises to turn Marlins Park into world's largest Blockbuster kiosk."
But you can do better than that! Leave us your attempt at hackable humor in the comments.
Image via Deadspin