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Marlins catcher John Buck: Cramping up is no fun

By now, just about everyone in the world with a TV set has seen the Game 4 highlights from the NBA Finals of a worn down, exhausted LeBron James being helped off the court and wincing in pain as the muscles in his legs cramped up.

John BuckMarlins catcher John Buck got a taste of exactly what that felt like himself Wednesday night in Boston. Although Marlins fans saw the highlights of Buck grabbing his right hamstring and limping around the bases during a seventh inning home run, they probably have no idea the agony the 31-year old veteran went through after he was finally pulled out of the game two innings later in a 15-5 blowout loss to the Red Sox. 

 "It was probably the most pain I've ever felt," Buck said. "I just was cramping up everywhere. My lats were cramping up. My hands. My feet.

"I ended up having to get help undressing because I couldn't bend. I'd bend over my back would pop out. My partner in crime [Brett Hayes] literally had to undress me. Good friend and good teammate. It used to be just good teammate. Now, it's good friend."

Buck said because there were no IVs [intravenous therapy] inside the visiting clubhouse at Fenway he was drinking soy sauce out of packets.

"The Red Sox actually sent over some packets that I was eventually able to put in water and drink," Buck said. "But it took about two hours once I got the hotel room to start feeling better. I went to lay down in my bed and my back locked up, I cramped... it wasn't a good feeling."

After sitting out Thursday's game, Buck is back in the starting lineup for the Marlins Friday against the visiting Blue Jays. He said facing Toronto ace Ricky Romero, who Buck caught for during his one season in Toronto in 2010, won't be easy. 

"If I take some bad swings, I won't feel so bad," Buck said. "He's a tough pitcher. The two seamer, the four seamer that cuts in on righties are good. The pitch that really stands out to me is his changeup. He'll throw it to left-handers, right-handers in any count. It's filthy, almost like a split finger with movement. It has a way to be hard with different speeds. He throws a hammer, too. He can go out at you a lot of different ways. Also, he's fearless, goes after you. That type of pitcher goes deep into games."

> Emilio Bonifacio, who had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb at the end of May, took approximately 25 right-handed swings Friday -- the first time he's picked up a bat in more than a month. The switch-hitting, Opening Day center fielder said he'll swing off the tee for the first time on Monday and then be reevaluated by a doctor Tuesday. He said he thought remains he'll back by the All-Star Break next month.

"For me, I wish I could be back out there tomorrow," Bonifacio. "But they don't want to rush it. Everything looks good."

> Manager Ozzie Guillen and hitting coach Eduardo Perez spent about an extra hour before Friday's game at Marlins Park trying to work with the struggling Hanley Ramirez on his swing.

"I tried to help him clean some stuff up," Guillen said. "Hanley’s been thinking a lot, he’s having a very bad month, just like everybody else. I tried to get him better and I tried to get him not to think too much and hopefully that helps."

> ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, a Rays season ticket-holder, took a special tour of Marlins Park before Friday's game and came away impressed. But don't expect him to buy any tickets.

"They tell me it's $400 a seat," Vitale said referring to the seats right next to the Marlins bench behind home plate. "I don't which of you guys is good at math, but at 80 games that's $32,000 a seat and times four that's $128,000. My four seats in the first row that touch the dugout in Tampa cost me about $19,000."

Vitale, in town for a event with the V Foundation for cancer research, had nothing put praise for the Heat, Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra and James after winning the NBA title Thursday night. Vitale said he expects James, the league and Finals MVP, to "only get better and better and better."

FRIDAY'S LINEUPS

> Blue Jays (35-34): 1. Brett Lawrie 3B, 2. Colby Rasmus CF, 3. Jose Bautista RF, 4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B, 5. Kelly Johnson 2B, 6. Yunel Escobar SS, 7. Rajai Davis LF, 8. J.P. Arencibia C, 9. Ricky Romero P.

> Marlins (33-36): 1. Jose Reyes SS, 2. Hanley Ramirez 3B, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Justin Ruggiano CF, 5. Omar Infante 2B, 6. Austin Kearns LF, 7. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 8. John Buck C, 9. Anibal Sanchez P.

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flagstafffishfan

John Buck has had a cramp in his brain for 1 1/2 years now. Look he forgot how to hit!!

flagstafffishfan

This is exhausting watching this team. Somebody's ass should be fired by now!!

Scott Pose

Dear Flag, DIRECTV 721/722.

Scott Pose

Nats are in a rain delay.

Do you think it strange with only about 8,000 people in that stadium--and it's only June 22--that the Blog is headlined by Buck's cramping. I don't really care about Buck's cramping or some diva in Positano who is having cramping difficulties. Can we just pretend this is the New York Post,Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun Times or any paper that might aggressively report on a dog of a baseball team.

rbleigh

And the misery has migrated to Anabel as well. He's now pitching himself out of a potential contract. I second Flag's comment: someone's @ss needs to be fired because the "team's" performance this month has been inexcuseable.

Flagstafffishfan

Lol Scott . Go Nats

Alex

Didn't realize you guys moved to this thread. Here's what I posted about Anibal; I definitely agree with rbleigh:

As for Anibal Sanchez, he is without a doubt the most frustrating pitcher I ever rooted for. With the stuff he has, this guy should be a top #2 starter, good for 15+ wins a year, yet he constantly under-achieves. Look at his stats for last June and Ricky Nolasco's too, for that matter. Both of these guys completely fell apart last season in June right after Josh Johnson went down. When this team needed those two guys to STEP UP and help them to overcome the loss of their ACE, both of them failed miserably. In horse racing parlance, they both "spit the bit" as they say.

This is bad news for the Fish, and financial bad news for Sanchy, who will be a free agent when the season ends. I'm sure he will be offered decent money by teams that have money to burn, like the Yankees, but if he wanted to really get paid, he needed to have a big year this year, and he has not done that, not by any stretch of the imagination. In my opinion, if he doesn't completely turn things around, the Fish should let him go. Same with Nolasco when his contract comes back up, next year, I believe. Let them both walk!

Alex

And finally the Boos are raining down from the soon to be dwindling crowd! This team is really, really bad, and for this fat schmuck of an owner to claim this is a good team is an insult to our intelligence. They have failed big time, in putting together this team, and they had six years to do.

Alex

Ruggiano continues to impress. Therefore Ozzie will bench him again. He at least knows what do when you are losing by a lot of runs: try and work out a walk maybe start a big inning. I've seen Hanley in that situation leading off an inning losing by 5 runs, and what did he do? Swung at the 1st pitch and POPPED OUT.

Scott Pose

I came back to check in and could not believe the score. They will need to continue to shuttle arms back and forth because of failures of the staff but there will be nobody to shuttle.

tell the truth--Who is starting to realize the only pleasure to be derived from 2012 will be if they manage a 1962 mets style season?? i know I'm so mad that I want a crash and burn of epic proportion. Maybe then someone from OUTSIDE the area will write a REAL story about what is happening down there.

Scott Pose

Webb has thrown 37 pitches. he won't be available for 2 days. gaudin won't be available tomorrow. Mujica is probably playing like he is Rudy Guliani doing a female impersonator in the bullpen. The marlins have no need for a specialty lefthander--neutralizes Choate. Dunn is here on a pass. Bell will make atoken 9th inning appearance. Cishek is a nice kid. Who gets called up tomorrow. Maybe Kensing is hanging around somewhere with Carroll, Aguila, Tankersley.

Scott Pose

Flag, i'm wiling to put my cell phone number up here and just wait for an Arizona cell phone number to come in. Give me the Arizona area code and I'll know it's not a cranker and I'll put the number up.. I know there will be crankers but I will give a rarely used cell number and and put it on silent. If you want to talk about this stuff let me know. I'm getting sick of posting as "Scott Pose, Matt Dominguez" and others. you know baseball and you can commiserate. My wife thinks I'm crazy but I'll just toss the phone if it gets troublesome.

Scott Pose

By the way, you obviously only post the area code.

Scott Pose

Showtime must be loving this. I get Showtime as part of the DIRECTV package. I suggest EVERYONE get it. It will be hilariois. Wait until America gets its first look at David Samson. Just think of the cast of characters--maybe even the "Crack Staff" and Tommy Bahama will be on. Rich really does not deserve this. Clark or Manny mention to Rich that I'm good friends with Bart Wright. He will know him. Bart thinks Rich is great from the Seattle time.

Scott Pose

Notice I said at 9:39 Bell would make that appearance. It's now 9:56. Managing is not really nuclear physics.

Buck's "Slugging Percentage" will soon ne lower than the Mendoza Line.

Scott Pose

I like these shorter comments. I feel like I'm honing Opening Night at the Comedy Store.

Scott Pose

Will Bell get a "Hold"

Scott Pose

Ozzie should have a "Home Town After Game Hotel Bar" slipped into his deal. I know I'm buying him a drink on the road when I see him.

Scott Pose

Verdict reached in Sandusky Trial. I'm guessing this was not difficult.

Scott Pose

Let's start a pool as to when Ozzie JUSTIFIABLY loses it? I say July 3. Winner of pool gets a meal at Joe's at the first reunion of the Marlins Masochists.

Tommy Bahama just said this is an important bat for Hanley. NO!! It's Not!!!! ONLY if it somehow miraculously revived his career would it be a big AB.

Samson's Boyfriend

Scott Pose..give me a call..if you still have the number...if not we can make other arrangements if you come to Miami before the end of the season. Will be at the stadium starting Monday nite for this homestand.

Flav C

What a way to spend 4 straight games of 5 runs.
And the Blue Jays managed to score 6 runs without a hit: 3 through walk with bases loaded, 2 sac flys and 1 ground out RBI. I gotta check my records. That might be a good way for the Marlins to hit the Guinness book. Talking about Guinness, I think I need a couple of those right now. Cheers everyone.

Scott Pose

I no longer have the number. My fault!!! I will definitely be in Miami, Phoenix, Washington and Philadelphia.

Scott Pose

What is Minervini smiling about?

Scott Pose

You do realize all these comments are occuring under an article about a 164 hitting, cramping catcher.

Samson's Boyfriend

Minervini looks like Sponge -Bob Square Head in person. Nice guy,though. Anyway ,Mr. Pose,if you're coming to a game in Miami this season ,let me know through this Blog, and I'll hook-up you up. For old times sake. We will have a blast.

Samson's Boyfriend

Cheers Flav C.. if your at the stadium, let me know, would like to say "Hey"

Stan M

Samson's Boyfriend, are you really back. Several of us have mentioned missing your comments. Is this the Samson of past years?

Flav C

Hey Samson's B! Cheers my friend. I have your phone, I'll give you a buzz. Not a bad idea to chat while seeing the Fish losing another game in the ballpark.

Samson's Boyfriend

Yes, Stan the Man..it is I.

Samson's Boyfriend

Flav C... give me a call ..looking forward to chatting. We will play Owner and G.M.

Samson's Boyfriend

Flav C ...by the way ..I know the Phillies are coming into town at the end of the stand'...Good Luck in your household. See you soon ,I hope.

Flagstafffishfan

Still recovering from this. Scott 520 or 928.

spitballer

"Slumps are like a soft bed...they are easy to get into but are hard to gt out of"....Johnny Bench

Stan M

A bit of history and a few words about "the Duke".

To my way of thinking, three people in the 1900s had a profound effect upon baseball. (I'm not counting the evil Marvin Miller who brought the all powerful union.)Babe Ruth for obvious reasons. Bill James for introducing new ways of evaluating players and just about everything else. And Branch Rickey for developing the farm system and also different ways of looking at performance. Here is one example:
After WWII an ultra talented but immature young player with the sweetest swing named Snider came to the Dodgers. He had no idea of the strike zone...sound familiar? That's why I'm telling this story. So Rickey had Snider stand in the batters box for hours and just watch pitches and call out ball or strike. A more experienced hand (I don't remember who) stood behind him and verified or contradicted Snider's calls. The Duke went on to the HOF and Dodger legend. If one of you looked up his stats you might question his credentials. Here are some comparisons with Willie, Mickey and the Duke.

In 1953 Mays was in the Army, so here are comparisons of Snider and Mantle:
Runs 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBS
Mantle 105 24 3 21 92 .295 .895
Snider 132 38 4 42 126 .336 1.046

For the next 4 years all 3 patrolled CF in New York
Mays 455 104 54 163 418 .323 1.022
Mantle 483 92 34 150 425 .331 1.077
Snider 449 131 25 165 459 .303 1.040

LF for Mays was 277 feet away. RF for Mantle was the Babe Ruth short porch. RF for Snider was the famous wall that was 38 feet tall. The next year Snider moved out West to the temporary Colosseum where the RF power alley was 440 feet away, yes, 440 damn feet! A total of 9 homers were hit there all the first year. Snider was 31 years old! After the move he only hit over 20 HRs once...23. One can only imagine what his stats would have been had he stayed in Brooklyn after hitting 40 or more HRs for 5 years in a row! I absolutely loved the guy.

Stan M

Sorry, I had all those stats lined up. Got jumbled when posted.

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