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McKeon on pie in Stanton's eye and Ramirez's flamboyance

     Whatever the topic, Jack McKeon always has an opinion and isn't afraid to share it. Here are a couple of the latest examples, taken from this afternoon's dugout session:

     On Mike Stanton's teammates plastering him with shaving cream after his walkoff home run last night despite the fact he's been bothered by blurry vision in his right eye, McKeon had this to say:

     "Players probably don't even know (about the eye problem). If they were conscious of that, they probably wouldn't have thrown any shaving cream in his eye. Maybe it'll help him. Who knows? Maybe that's the solution. So if it helps him, we say heck with the eye doctors. Go to the shaving cream."

      On Hanley Ramirez, who, each of the past two two nights, carried his bat with him more halfway down the line on base hits before flipping it aside: McKeon said this:

      "I tell you the truth, as long as he keeps hitting, he can carry it all the way around if he wants to. I don't bother with that petty stuff. You guys make a big issue out of pretty (stuff) like that. What's the difference? Is there any rule that says you can't carry it around? No, unless you're going to use it on the first baseman or second baseman. Big deal. Guys come to home plate, saluting and everything else -- nobody says nothing. But a guy carries a bat around and you guys want to make a controversy out of it. If he wants to carry his bat around, wants to carry his glove around, I don't care....as long as he keeps hitting."

     Anyone else have an opinion?

     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 Cameron, cf; 7. Mike Stanton, rf; 8. John Buck, c; 9. Brad Hand, p.

     Astros: 1. Michael Bourn, cf; 2. Angel Sanchez, 3b; 3. Hunter Pence, rf; 4. Carlos Lee, 1b; 5. Jeff Keppinger, 2b; 6. Jason Michaels, lf; 7. Clint Barmes, ss; 8. Humberto Quintero, c; 9. J.A. Happ, p.

     Umpires: HP -- Dan Iassogna; 1B -- Dale Scott; 2B -- Jerry Meals; 3B -- C.B. Bucknor. 

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laurelbowie

Another jab at LoMo tucked away in there. McKeon really doesn't like the guy.
As for Hanley, you're not exactly busting your balls on the bases when you're carrying your bat and stylin' halfway to first base.
Tonight we'll find out whether the Marlins really are playing against the worst team in baseball — or whether Houston is.

laurelbowie

Another thing, how is it that these guys don't know that their buddy and teammate is being treated for an eye problem? Don't they talk to each other? We all know it, and we don't sit next to him in the dugout. Doesn't make sense to me, but I'm not in a good mood.

Bill

You man crushing on LoMo again. You need to sotp that. That's how rumors start.

LoMo's a little too full of himself.

Bill

stop* ... my bad

Samsons Boyfriend

Clark..Who is Jim Fregosi scouting for,the Phillies? Saw him the whole Phillies series.but he was here tonite behind home plate in sec 150...Scouting Nunez maybe???

laurelbowie

Thought Fregosi was a scout for Braves, but I could be wrong.

Clark

He's the advance scout for the Braves.

Samsons Boyfriend

Thanks Clark..guess Fregosi hung around S.Fl for the great weather..

Clark

The Braves face the Phillies the next three days, so I'm sure he was here just doing his homework.

Stan M

Do you folks remember when Nolan Ryan was traded for a washed up Fregosi. Not his fault, but have always disliked the guy because of that trade. Supposedly Ryan was traded because his wife and Nancy Seaver didn't like each other big time.

Clark

And think of all those no-hitters the Mets, who have never had a pitcher throw one, missed out on as a result.

Stan M

Clark,
It sound as if you might come from that area judging from your knowledge of Shea. I used to go 2-3 times a tear, buy the cheapest tickets, then go to an usher way down front and slip him a five for each of us (usually 4). Twenty bucks was a goodly tip back then and he would sit us on or near the front rail. Even got WORTVs box right next to the dugout once. He would simply move us if the real ticket holders showed up. Once I was about 4-5 rows back, feeling no pain, and was all over Ray Knight as it was his 1st or 2nd game as a Met. I was so bad with the Mr. Nancy kind of stuff that he should have come in the stands after me for he damn sure heard every word. Well, Gooden only gave up one hit and it was a roller to Knight that he was too slow on. Have always wondered if Knight would have made that play if I wasn't being really obnoxious. There would have been the only Met no hitter.

Samsons Boyfriend

Stan the Man...met Ray Knight at Miami Stadium,spring training 87' after he left Mets and signed with the O's...A true gentleman, but dont mess with him as he was A Golden Gloves Boxer in his youth..Google the Knight-Eric Davis fight on the net...

Clark

Stan,
My knowledge of Shea comes from covering six to nine games a year there for more than 10 years. I grew up in the Midwest watching the Reds.

Clark

Samsons Boyfriend

Looking forward to Aug when Reds,Cards,Braves and Giants come here..Jack has to beat up on the stros,cubbies,pads,nats and mutts to get back to .500,maybe over, before facing tougher teams in Aug to make things interesting...

Samsons Boyfriend

Got my 5th foul ball last nite..give them to kids around me..Anybody see the video of the guy that got killed last nite in Texas,reaching for a ball,tossed into stands by Josh Hamilton? Have seen grown men do bizzare things to get a Baseball at games over the years..Too Bad this attempt cost this poor guy his life...

laurelbowie

Also, some lady — pillar of the community sort — got killed this week by a foul ball at a minor league game in Texas. Not a good week for Texas BB fans.
Samson, congrats on snagging another one. If you grab yet another ball, why don't you save it as a prize for the blogger who guesses the correct number of Marlins wins in July? I'd go out and get us one, but I haven't run down a foul ball since the kids got faster and I got slower. I hope somebody has kept track of everybody's predictions for this month because I forgot to write them down. I said 11, but I'm hoping that's way too low.

Stan M

Samson,
Saw Ray Knight clock that guy on TV. Also on TV, saw Rose pick up Bud Harrelson and throw him down ...if it happened as I remember it. Ray Knight, at time in his career when he went to the Mets, would be a perfect fit for our Marlins right now...and how!

Clark,
I never stop telling my son that for 2-3 years there was never a more feared pitcher than Ewell "the whip" Blackwell. He came within one out of pitching back to back no hitters. Ralph Kiner even said he was the meanest and most feared batter of that era. Sent letter with glossy 8 by 11 photo to big Ted Klu (also to Carl Yaz and Stan Musial)and explained that I wanted my son to have heros and he signed it and sent it back. So did other two. Fans of today should see Klu's HRs vs. strikeout ratio; it might be the best of any power hitter in history. Went on to become a well respected batting coach for severel years. Next to Frank Robinson (who was a more valuable player than Hank Aaron but little remembered by history) I think Joe Morgan (a horrible TV guy) was the most valuable player I ever saw. Even when only a shadow of his former greatness, he went to other teams and they immediately improved. I hope you were lucky enough to cover his team; it was something else. Did you ever see Roy McMillian? There was a shortstop! As a boy I had a Lloyd Merriman bat. He was a Cincinnati CF back in the 40s and early 50s.

Stan M

On Blackwell, I said batter; meant pitcher.

nothingxs

I don't think the jab is meant to be mean towards LoMo, but it's a real comparison: who cares what anyone does if they're hitting?

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