Personally, I don’t care much for the artificial drama that tends to come out of reality shows. When I heard that the Miami Marlins would be the focus of this year’s The Franchise, I figured it was only a matter of time until Hanley Ramirez ended up in front of a confession camera informing all of us that he doesn’t play baseball to make friends.
However, this exchange between manager Ozzie Guillen and no longer closer Heath Bell is absolutely outstanding, even if it was most likely prodded by show producers. At one point, Guillen tells Bell:
Every-motherfucking-body who is a Marlins fan, they don’t want you on the mound in the ninth. The owner, the General Manager, the fucking supervisor, the scouts, my wife, my kids, nobody want you out there in the ninth inning. I wouldn’t take you out of that fucking closer role a long time ago because they were all over my ass to do it. I said, “No, no. He is my closer.” I’m the only one who believes in you.
And somehow this came across as encouraging. Ozzie being Ozzie, I guess. Of course since this exchange, the Marlins have again announced that they will be going to a closer by committee, with Bell once again struggling.