So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will fight without danger in battles. - Sun Tzu, "The Art of War."
So then, let's get to know the Florida Marlins.
The Marlins play in Miami, but say they are from Florida, which technically is accurate, but it's ridiculous to name your team after a state and not a city if your state has more than one team. The California Angels realized this, so much so that they go by two cities now. The Marlins play in a dive football stadium but will break ground on a new baseball-only stadium later this year. When they move into said stadium, they will change their name to the Miami Marlins, which is better.
They are called the Marlins (which Wikipedia helpfully notes "originates from the fish species") even though the white marlin capital of the world is Ocean City, MD. If OC ever gets a team, we could have issues...
Wikipedia lists the "other nicknames" for the Marlins as "The Fish" and "The Boys in Teal," both of which are former nicknames for the pop group Wham!
Their mascot is the obnoxious, water-gun toting Billy the Marlin. A marlin is a billfish. Get it? I don't.
Their team motto in 2007 was "You Gotta Be Here!" The motto for 2008 - "You Gotta Be Here 2008!" Any guesses as to next year's motto? This shows a serious lack of interest by the marketing team. Hell, even the Pirates can come up with an original motto each year. And it's made worse by them propagating such terrible English. Whose doing their marketing, bloggers? Either way, fans apparently feel they "gotta stay home," because their attendance sucks. The solution - the new ballpark will have the smallest capacity of any major league stadium, so at least it will look full.
Tonight's pitching matchup:
Brett Myers v. Ricky Nolasco - Myers looked more like Brett Myers and less like Gavin Floyd (Phillies Gavin Floyd, that is) in his last game. Nolasco gave up 12 hits his last time out. He beat the Phils the last time he faced them though. Hopefully these recent trends will continue and the Phils can exact some revenge and extend their 4 game lead over the Fish.