Outside the baseline

With the Marlins in a serious slump, and that’s understating it, I guess I might as well talk about various points worth noting this week in baseball.

For starters, everybody who has been to Nationals Park or seen a Nationals game would know about the Presidents’ Race the occurs in the middle of the fourth inning of every home game. Also, it is a well known fact that the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, or the rather plump “Teddy,” never wins. It is speculated that he will win a race in the first playoff game hosted at Nationals’ Park, or the first home game after the Nationals win a World Series, and other such historic games. All I know, is that Teddy still hasn’t won, and the Nats still aren’t vying for the division lead this year.

In the bottom of the fifth inning yesterday at Wrigley Field, a fan made a spectacular catch on Reed Johnson’s three-run homer, stretching out his hat over the railing in the top of the left field bleachers. The ball would have otherwise landed on Waveland Avenue outside the stadium. Milwaukee won the game, but that was one of the best fan catches I’ve seen.

In the first game of the day-night doubleheader yesterday in Philadelphia, Marlins catcher Brett Hayes hit Shane Victorino on a throw back to the pitcher. Victorino, a switch hitter, wears a double ear flap helmet, which may have saved him from injury. This incident made SportsCenter this morning, the only thing a laughed about during the Marlins highlights.

Josh Johnson was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, prolonging his absence from the Marlins’ struggling rotation. This move is most likely necessary in order that Florida might find a long term replacement for JJ. I’m perfectly fine with the Marlins keeping Johnson out until they’re certain he can pitch, but trust me, I would prefer seeing him healthy and back in the rotation.

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