He wasn’t the only person reaching for the ball, and there’s no way Moises Alou was going to make that play. Granted, you should know not to go for the ball in a situation like that, but you can’t really trust the judgement of a man who not only owns a green turtleneck, but wears it in public.
I remember watching that play in the lounge area at Mark Twain hall at the University of Missouri. The room was filled with Cardinals fans, the very group whose unfounded inferiority complex* and rabid hatred drove me closer and closer towards the pathetic organization that I now follow so closely.
But as soon as the play happened, I walked away, not sticking around to watch the Florida Marlins win the game, and eventually the series. I made it a point to not watch the World Series that year, and I don’t openly acknowledge that it ever even existed.
The 2003 Marlins, however, keep sticking around in more ways than I can even fathom.
Derrek Lee, the Cubs’ current first baseman, came from Florida along with Juan Pierre in the Marlins’ traditional “We just won the World Series, let’s close up shop” fire sale. Pierre was later traded to the Dodgers - and was a member of the Dodgers team that swept Chicago from the playoffs last year.
Chad Fox, a pitcher whose arm has fallen off several times, was on the 2003 Marlins’ pitching staff, and is currently rotting away in the Cubs’ minor league system. From what I understand, they’re letting him stick around until he’s been in the league long enough to earn tenure.
I recently learned that the Marlins’ television announcer was none other than Len Kasper - the Cubs’ current play-by-play announcer.
The Cubs play the Marlins tonight. And now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure my Father owns and wears a green turtleneck. No offense, Dad.