State of the Union speech

In a stadium that you can view the Capitol building from the upper deck, it was a fitting setting for a “State of the Union” speech.

Well, manager Fredi Gonzalez noted it was a “State of the Union” address. Basically, it was the “State of the Marlins” at this point.

Before Friday’s 4-2 win over the Nationals, the Marlins had a team meeting. Gonzalez’s message to the team was to not get too down. Florida was coming off a 3-6 homestand, including being swept by the Giants.

“He was just encouraging us and telling us, it’s not that bad,” outfielder Cody Ross said. “We were two games under. We haven’t played up to our potential. We weren’t clicking on all cylinders. We had to stay positive, and not to get down.

“Everyone knows we’ve got a tough division, and we’re playing a division team. We can make up ground.”

Gonzalez touched on not getting too emotional.

“He said, let’s play the game we know how, and try to stay away from the errors,” Ross said.

As fate had it, the Marlins snapped their losing streak with a win. Chris Volstad tossed seven strong innings.

So was it the speech that motivated the Marlins?

“I think you are making way too much of the address,” Gonzalez said. “Give the credit to Volstad. It’s not easy to face a team in back-to-back starts, and be successful like he was.”

— Joe Frisaro


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