The lift that Jose Fernandez gave to the Miami Marlins Thursday, with six strikeouts on the mound and a long home run off his bat, will keep people smiling all weekend.
What will keep me smiling forever, though, is the image of Jack McKeon returning to manage the team in 2011 at the age of 80.
They were riding fifth in the NL East when Edwin Rodriguez got the boot and team owner Jeffrey Loria made one of his classic grandstand plays. This time, rather than bringing his general manager down from the office to manage the team he turned to McKeon, the magic man from the 2003 World Series championship team.
The 2011 season continued as expected, leading to a 72-90 finish and another extreme makeover the following year with Ozzie Guillen.
Amazing to think, however, that Jack did better in his half season of managing in 2011 than anything the Marlins have rolled out there this year.
Here are the numbers, and hat’s off, as always, to Jack.
Manager Season Record Pct.
Jack McKeon 2011 40-50 .444
Mike Redmond 2015 16-22 .421
Dan Jennings 2015 17-24 .417
Well, that’s all from me for a week or so. Taking a little family time while they still remember who I am. Hope you all get the chance to do the same before this fast-forward summer slips away, and hope you’ll check back at Dave’s Digital Domain starting July 14.