If you are looking for a team to root, root, root against I suggest the Miami Marlins. These guys are easy to hate. Every time I see Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, or another Marlin put two fingers up to one if their eyes I can’t help but think of a Lady Ga-Ga video. Bubble gum dance music is the last thing I want to be reminded of while trying to enjoy a baseball game. For that reason the Marlins’ “lo viste” gesture makes me a little bit sick to my stomach.
This attention grabbing dance move is annoying on many levels. It makes my blood boil and I don’t think I’m the only one. Wilton Lopez isn’t a big fan either. Lopez plunked Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning of last night’s game in what had to be an act of retaliation. Earlier this season, in Miami, Ramirez hit a homerun off Lopez and took his time getting around the bases, hamming it up with the lo viste move along the way.
Ramirez took exception to being hit by the pitch last night and had to be restrained by the umpires. Well, he acted like he wanted a piece of Lopez but I don’t think that was actually the case. My suggestion to Hanley: if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. If you Cadillac it around the bases while doing a Lady Ga-Ga impersonation you should probably expect some repercussions.
Both benches were given a warning after the incident and the game was finished with no further interruptions. When Lopez left the mound he fired a mock lo viste salute of his own into the Marlins dugout. I don’t think Ozzie Guillen and the rest of the Marlins enjoyed it nearly as much as I did. Fortunately, we don’t have to see the Marlins and their lame-ass act again this season. The Astros have completed their six games against Miami, and with the upcoming move to the A.L. it could be a long time until we see them again. Thank goodness!
Houston went 2-4 against the Fish, but lost three of those games in extra innings. The two wins were aided by sloppy defense by the Fish, and probably should have been losses. Bottom line: Miami doesn’t look like a team that went out this offseason and spent more money than anyone else. In fact, they are a reflection of their outrageous manager and it’s only a matter of time until things get ugly. So go home, Marlins, to your cartoon stadium and dance the night away with your tacky aquariums and homerun sculpture. I’ll be rooting for the Mets to take you down – but I won’t be watching.