Pompom malfunction

Call it a glitter glitch, if you want.

To the Marlins, the pompom problem on Saturday night was distracting and disturbing.

There was plenty of glitter on the grass at Land Shark Stadium on Saturday, courtesy of a pompom give-away at the gate.

Silver Marlins pompoms were handed out, and on a windy night, they began to unravel, with the streamers finding their way on the field. By the sixth inning, the field was sparkling.

“It’s not funny, it’s not fun, it’s just brutal,” second baseman Dan Uggla said of the field sparkling up.

During stoppages in play, stadium personnel raced onto the field to clean up the mess.

At one point in the sixth inning, silver was swirling around to the point, Dodgers batter Casey Blake called time at the plate.

“Absolutely brutal,” catcher John Baker said. “The thing that was extremely frustrating is, you’d look up and you’d see people shaking them, trying to throw them on the field, like it’s a joke.

“It’s frustrating when you’ve got stuff flying all over the field. I have a feeling we won’t be seeing any more streamers at Land Shark Stadium.”

In the middle of the sixth inning, umpire crew chief Joe West talked with a Marlins official about the field. Left field was especially littered.

“Just seeing stuff all over the baseball field,” Baker said, “baseball, obviously, is America’s pastime. There is a lot of history in the game, and to see stuff like that all over the baseball field, is frustrating for any player, and in my opinion, and any fan.”

In the top of the seventh inning, there was an announcement that fans could be ejected for throwing objects on the field.

Chris Coghlan was in left field, and he said it didn’t impact his play.

“It was nothing where I didn’t feel like I couldn’t catch a ball,” Coghlan said. “At first, I didn’t know what it was. I guess it was a promotion. It just seemed like that stuff wasn’t supposed to be there.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez pointed out that the flickering of glitter was distracting.

“It really is because you have all this shiny stuff going through people’s visions,” Gonzalez said. “It’s not a good thing. I don’t know if it was done on purpose, or the winds blowing it from the stands, or if it was a combination of both. 

“It’s hard enough to hit a 92-93 mph fastball, without having all this glitter and shiny stuff going on behind you.” 

— Joe Frisaro

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