The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Quote of the Series: Aurilia on Conine

After the Giants lost to the Marlins Rich Aurilia was quoted as saying, "If you had told me a week ago that Jeff Conine's defense would beat us I would have said you were crazy." I think we all would have agreed with Rich. Yes, Jeff made some great plays against the Phillies at the end of the regular season, but Conine is 38.

I'm glad for Jeff that things worked out the way they did. Conine could have been as much of a goat in this series as Jose Cruz, Jr. Yes, Cruz dropped Conine's fly ball in the 11th of game 3, but Conine was jogging to first (apparently thinking the ball was foul) and only ended up with a single. Had Conine been hustling, he would have ended up on second. Luckily for Conine and the Marlins, it was inconsequential, but that play could have been big had the rest of the inning not gone the way that it did.

Hopefully all of the kids watching at home learned two things on that fateful play: one, in the field, always catch the ball with two hands (unless you're the catcher, first baseman, or Andruw Jones), and two, when you're hitting, always run full speed - you never know what could happen.


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