Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Know Your Enemy

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.



GM-Carson said...

Rage Against the Machine- Know Your Enemy:
Born with insight and a raised fist,
A witness to the slit wrist.
As we move into '92,
Still in a room without a view.
Ya gotta know,
Ya gotta know,
That when I say go, go, go.
Amp up and amplify,
I'm a brother with a furious mind.
Action must be taken,
We don't need the key,
We'll break in.

Something must be done,
About vengeance, a badge and a gun.
'Cause I'll rip the mic, rip the stage, rip the system.
I was born to rage against 'em.

Fist in ya face, in the place,
And I'll drop the style clearly.
Know your enenmy!

Word is born,
Fight the war, f**k the norm.
Now I got no patience,
So sick of complacence,
With the definance.
The mind of a revolutionary,
So clear the lane.
The finger to the land of chains,
What? The land of the free?
Whoever told you that is your enemy.

Something must be done,
About vengeance, a badge and a gun.
'Cause I'll rip the mic, rip the stage, rip the system.
I was born to rage against 'em.

Now action must be taken,
We don't need the key.
We'll break in.

I've got no patience now,
So sick of complacence now,
I've got no patience now,
So sick of complacence now ,.
Sick of sick of sick of sick of sick of you.
Time has come to pay.

Yes I know my enemies.
They are the teachers who taught me to fight me.
Compromise, conformity, assimulation, submission,
Ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite.
All of which are American dreams.

Bob D said...

Thanks for the history of the Marlins. However Ocean City MD should be up in arms about this gross injustice of name stealing. Is there new stadium a little league field with a handful of folding chairs?

My guess for the motto for 2009 "Someones gotta be here"

Myers was doing his Floyd impersonation last time out as he had a no hitter going. I believe Gavin has toyed with a hitter twice this year so far.

furiousBall said...

they have the worst mascot possibly ever. i'd like to hit him with a bat

GM-Carson said...

Mr. Met is worse than Billy Marlin in my opinion. I literally want to whack that bastard baseball head every time I see it.

Stephanie Grace said...

And that bastard is EVERYWHERE.

I was up in NYC for a work conference last week and I saw his stupid face in an MTA safety advertisement on the subway.

SirAlden said...

For the Seatle Papers. Who see Bedard as a NL Pitcher. Interesting to see their read on the Phillies Minors.

"Needed: An NL trading partner for the Mariners.

Hmmn. Pat Gillick?

The architect of the best teams ever assembled in Seattle has relocated to Philadelphia, where he’s put together a club that’s in first place in the NL East after winning the division last year. The Phillies are loaded with talent, but starting pitching is a concern.

A lefty, Cole Hamels, is the ace, but after him, it’s a bunch of grinders: Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer, Adam Eaton and Kyle Kendrick. The Phillies are favorites to reach the playoffs with these guys, but do they have the arms to advance beyond the first round?

Gilllick is familiar with that drill. In 2001, as the Mariners were winning 116 games, he publicly craved a No. 1 pitcher. No deal was made. Seattle coasted to the playoffs, but never got within a sniff of the World Series.

If Gillick wants a pitcher with the talent to push Philadelphia over the top, Bedard could be the answer. And what could offer the Phillies in return?

Quite a lot. Philadelphia’s minor-league system is stocked with middle infielders whose progress has been impeded by the big-league talents of second baseman Chase Utley, a 2008 MVP candidate, and shortstop Jimmy Rollins, the reigning MVP.

A package for Bedard could include Adrian Cardenas, 20, a left-handed-hitting infielder regarded as the Phillies’ top prospect. And Brad Harman, 22, called up to Philadelphia from Double-A this spring as a replacement for the injured Rollins. And Jason Donald, a former University of Arizona standout.

Not sold? Then demand Michael Taylor, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound Stanford product fast enough to qualify as a base-stealing threat. Or 6-5, 200-pound Dominic Brown, a former high school wide receiver who turned down a scholarship from the Miami Hurricanes last year. "

GreggyD said...

There is no way that Seattle ships out Bedard. I'm sure that the fans are highly upset with that team and rightfully so, but the Mariners JUST made the deal for him this year and to crap out on it after not even a full season would be the biggest showcase of "we have no hope for our team" that I have ever seen.

The post also mentions that Gillick did not have a number 1 in 2001. The difference here is that, I think Cole Hamels might be considered a solid first option in the playoffs, just maybe.

Yes, the Phillies minor league system is slowly becoming stacked, and a couple of players are being blocked by Rollins and Utley, but why in the hell would we trade our top talent for Bedard who has been less than spectacular this year with a 4-4 record and a +4.00 ERA? It would probably suffice since he has this offense backing him up, but strangely enough, I feel confident with this rotation. The author points out that Cole is stellar, but makes it seem that there is a huge dropoff after him. As Carson has pointed out numerous times, not one of our starters has missed a scheduled game and we're going into mid-June. *knock on wood*

Bottomline: Bedard was more than tempting in the offseason, but I couldn't care less if he stayed in Seattle right now. I'm willing to bet that if Gillick does want to make a move for a starter to replace someone in our rotation, there will be better options available at the trade deadline.

SirAlden said...

Food for thought. Just bring the message from the Seattle Papers. Bedard was injured for a bit.

Why Bedard is a possibility aside from the Seattle Gillick connection is that he is signed just through
2009 (under control before Free Agency). Gillick likes short term options when pitching is concerned.

GM-Carson said...

Bedard is overhyped. Yes he's a good pitcher, but not great, and certainly not worth trading off multiple highly-regarded prospects for.

SquirrelBoy said...

But consider this: even if Jimmy Rollins and Utley are impeding Cardenas, we still have Utley and Rollins. I believe that Rollins and Utley have long carrers ahead of them and Cardenas would only cause another Polanco type situation. (Which with that said, Polanco should be our 3rd baseman, not Feliz) So loosing Cardenas is not that big of a deal.

GreggyD said...

I have to say that I have not laughed so hard in a long time. When I read that Dontrelle got optioned to class A ball today I almost pissed myself. Yeah, they want him to work on his control, but A ball for your $27 million man?!?!?! I've always disliked Dontrelle and thought he was too erratic as a pitcher, but this is insane! Way to go Tigers.

GM-Carson said...

Damn glad the Phils didn't trade for the D-Train, he's been abysmal this year, and so have the Tiggers.

Phils looked pretty bad last night themselves...well, mostly just Assbag Myers.

SirAlden said...

When it rains, it pours. Imagine where the Phighten Phils would be if
Myers was a slightly above league average pitcher.

The Brave achielie's heel was the age of the top starters.

Tom Glavine, SP ATL

News: Braves SP Tom Glavine had to leave his start at the Cubs on Tuesday after three innings with a left elbow strain and is going on the 15-day DL. Glavine said he would probably return to Atlanta on Wednesday and have an MRI, probably on Thursday. "It hurt from the minute I started throwing tonight," Glavine said. "We're going to disable him. Give him a breather," manager Bobby Cox said. "See if his elbow can get better. ... It was hurting him like the dickens." Glavine gave up four runs, six hits and four walks while throwing 72 pitches in his second shortest outing of the season. He took the loss, falling to 2-3. Glavine's injury came on the same day longtime teammate John Smoltz underwent shoulder surgery in Birmingham, Ala., with the team saying the future of his career is still unclear.

Analysis: Glavine said he first noticed the discomfort about a month ago and it got progressively worse. "It was sore since then and it's not getting any better," Glavine said. "Previously, it was mostly between starts and a little bit as the game would go on, I would get a little bit stiff. But the last two games, it's been pretty much every pitch I throw." At age 42, Glavine rarely works beyond six innings.

SirAlden said...

And! The Brave gave up a first round draft pick for Glavine.

GM-Carson said...

Looks like a lot of my childhood stars are hanging up the cleats this season- Mike Piazza, Tom Glavine, Kenny Lofton, Barry Bonds, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, Sammy Sosa.

GreggyD said...

Maddux might hang it up too for all we know, even though he could probably pitch another 2 or 3 years. That HOF class is going to be outstanding.

GM-Carson said...

Greg Maddux and Jamie Moyer should be added to that list. Probably Griffey and Big Hurt too.