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Hanley bids for 1,000 and beyond, Stanton's first impressions of Wrigley, Jack waxes nostaligic over '03 and Bartman

    CHICAGO -- Everyone rested up for the 'second half?" The Marlins return to the field tonight at historic Wrigley Field for the first of a four-game series here in the Windy City. And the wind, for now, is blowing in as the Marlins prepare to take batting practice.

    Hanley Ramirez is two hits away from 1,000 for his career and becoming only the third Marlin to reach four digits with the team, joining Luis Castillo (1,273) and Jeff Conine (1,005).

    "How many years? Five and a half? That means I've got to go 15 to get to 3,000," Ramirez said.

    Ramirez, jokingly, said he thought his 1,000th hit would be a grand slam.

    "Today, during early hitting, I felt like the first day of spring training," said Ramirez, who wasn't at the All-Star Game for the first time in four years and spent the time at home in South Florida, resting.

     But he said he watched both the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game despite not being a participant for the first time since 2007.

     "That's what I do," Ramirez said. "I think I learn from it."

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     Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison are each making their first visit to the "friendly confines" of Wrigley. Stanton was struck by the beauty of the old park while Morrison was literally struck -- twice in fact, while bumping his head on the low dugout overhang.

     "It's real old-school," Stanton said. "I know there's a lot of history here and it's going to be fun to play here. It felt good (to hit). It's weird. (The ivy-covered wall) seems a lot farther than it is. The fences look farther, but they don't feel that way when you hit it."

     Stanton drew oohs and ahhs from the early-arrivals when hit a couple of mammoth shots during batting practice.

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     And, of course, everyone was asking Jack McKeon about his memories of the old ballpark. This is his first visit back since his last season managing the Marlins in 2005.

     "I'd like to do it again here," McKeon said of '03 when the Marlins, down 3-2 in the NLCS to the Cubs, won games six and seven at Wrigley to advance to the World Series. "It was special."

     McKeon still defends Steve Bartman, the Cubs fan who became instantly famous when he got his hands on a foul ball in Game 6 of the NLCS, thus denying Moises Alou a chance to reach up and make the catch. The Marlins rallied to win the game after that point.

     "Bartman, he's the guy who really took the beating for something," McKeon said. "A couple of years later, in New York, Moises Alou comes out and says I couldn't have caught that ball. I said why didn't you do that when you were there? The poor kid got crucified. But, water over the dam. It was a long time ago."

     TONIGHT'S LINEUPS:

     Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 4. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 5. Logan Morrison, lf; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. Mike Cameron, cf; 8. John Buck, c; 9. Anibal Sanchez, p.

     Cubs: 1. Kosuke Fukodome, rf; 2. Starlin Castro, ss; 3. Aramis Ramirez, 3b; 4. Carlos Pena, 1b: 5. Marlon Byrd, cf; 6. Alfonso Soriano, lf; 7. Geovany Soto, c; 8. Darwin Barney, 2b: 9. Matt Garza, p.       

     

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laurelbowie

So why isn't Petersen playing against the righty? Thought he was promised playing time.

Rupert Murdock

Let's make sure the commentary on this blog remains within the bounds we have established.Enlist my help whenever you desire and I will assist in any way possible even if it involves hacking into the accounts of wounded veterans, dead children or grieving parents. I will always offer the fair and balanced approach.

Rupert Murdock

I may need your help if your government decides to attack me for frivilously having hacked into the accounts of Members of Parliament and others.I have always been a huge Marlins fan and I will do my best to get favorable stories about their exploits on Fox.I have heard your demands for Greta needing another make over and we should be able to do that. Let's go Fish!!

Glags

So at what point do they release Cameron?! .083. Now is the time to for Petersen to see if he can play up here.

Stan M


What a wonderful ballgame. Even when we were winning early this year, they were all nail biters. Anyway, it is starting to be a pleasure to watch the Marlins again. And the schedule looks good for the next couple of weeks in that we see enough of the Mets to switch places with them. Now maybe we can talk some baseball and not have some egoist turn egotist and try to show how smart he/she is. Is someone seriously unraveling above? Wow!

Agree, Glags. Cameron isn't our future and just maybe Peterson is...now is the time to find out. I'm starting to really like Bono.

Glags

Bonifacio is becoming who they hoped he would.

laurelbowie

Nunez is the Titanic in search of an iceberg, but what if you had to live and die with Carlos Marmol? A new study out of Marquette University shows that rooting for that guy causes more cerebral hemorrhages than Lucky Strikes and the Whopper with cheese put together.

laurelbowie

Not so fast, guys. I agree that Petersen should be out there playing, but the Marlins don't have to dump Cameron to do it. I think he's a useful guy to have in reserve, at least until Cogs comes back (assuming he ever does). Dump Wise. He's not being used for anything but a pinch runner, and it slows him down when he tries to run home on his nose.

Stan M

LB,
Definitely dump Wise. Just start Peterson over Cameron at least until Coghlan makes a move one way or the other.
One non baseball thing to ponder about the above. If you spent a million dollars for a million years, it would equal one trillion. The word trillion is being bandied about and few realize its enormity.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
You spend a trillion dollars here, a trillian dollars there, and the next thing you know, you're talking big money.

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