Marlins show resiliency
Youth and inexperience are never used as excuses. Having the lowest payroll in the game isn’t a reason expect less. And being six games out of first place with 53 games to go isn’t considered insurmountable odds.
Granted, the Marlins have an uphill climb to reach the postseason, but the team showed resiliency on Friday to snap a three-game losing streak while beating the first-place Phillies, 3-2, at Citizens Bank Park.
“I think that is a credit to the Marlins organization, the way guys have been raised here and brought along,” catcher John Baker said. “Baseball is such a long season, and it’s a cliche that it’s a marathon, and you can’t get too excited and you can’t get too down. I think maybe our guys are young and dumb enough to take that to heart and really employ that in our personalities.”
The Marlins are a young, maturing team. But Baker, in his first full big league season and second year overall, points out that players like Jeremy Hermida, Cody Ross and Dan Uggla have been around for a while.
“A good exampe of this is Jeremy Hermida. He was in the big leagues in 2005. Cody Ross and Dan Uggla. We’re not the oldest team, but some of our guys have been around,” Baker said. “I think we look around to [veterans] Wes Helms and Ross Gload. They do a good job of making sure guys are reined in, and focused on what we need to do to win games.”
— Joe Frisaro