Cameron Maybin woke up with tightness in his groin. But that didn't prevent him from robbing Mets third baseman David Wright of a home run on Monday in Port St. Lucie. Maybin leaped up, stuck his wrist over the wall in center, and came down with the ball in his glove for the third out of the first inning.
"That was my first one ever," Maybin said. "I never robbed a home run before after all of those years I've played the outfield."
Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez wasn't sure Maybin caught the ball, and thought for a moment that he might be trying to pull a fast one on the umps by pretending he had a ball he never caught as he ran to the dugout. Maybin said word around camp was a Mets player go away with that trick a couple of weeks ago in a Marlins minor-league game.
"Did he catch it? Did he catch it?" Gonzalez said he thought to himself after watching Maybin's leaping performance on Wright. "Is he smart enough to not tell the umpire?"
But the first base ump was no dummy and asked to see the ball as Maybin jogged past.
Maybin didn't remain in the game long, as he was lifted for a pinch-runner after reaching third base in the third inning. Gonzalez said it was precautionary -- "no big deal." Maybin said he woke up Monday feeling tightness in the groin area, and the manager didn't want to take any chances with his center fielder on the wet field.
Gonzalez said Maybin would be able to play Tuesday.