So last night, the Cubs had a 5-1 lead over the Marlins in the bottom of the ninth. One out and one on, Twitter hero Logan Morrison faced Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.
It didn’t end well:
75 mph slider. And you can see the painfully late swing by LoMo.
As if that wasn’t enough embarrassment, Carlos Marmol himself couldn’t help but laugh at that last sequence:
Moral of the story: Even Carlos Marmol knows Carlos Marmol is ridiculous.
"I don’t worry about walks," Marmol said. "It makes me mad and more frustrated. I keep fighting. That’s all you can do."
Pitching coach Larry Rothchild has joked that Marmol might as well put somebody on base because he tends to focus better when he does.
"It’s kind of funny," Marmol said.
Probably not to anyone watching from the dugout.
Posting for the lulzy truth.
Carlos Marmol in a nutshell.
Carlos Marmol -> 131 strikeouts in 73.2 IP.
131 strikeouts in 73.2 IPs.
I cannot even, oh my god.
Carlos Marmol has 51 saves in his career. Milwaukee’s Trevor Hoffman has 600.
"I love baseball," Marmol said, "but I’m not going to be here that long."
The Cubs’ closer took over the job full-time in August 2009, and he has gone 28 for 33 in save situations this season. If he averaged 30 saves a season, it would take him another 18 years — give or take — to reach 600.
"No chance," Marmol said.
One last photo from yesterday’s game. This gives you an idea how insane Carlos Marmol really is. On a 0-1 pitch, David Wright turns away in the batter’s box to get out of the way of the pitch. I’m on the first base side, and you can begin to see the lettering on his back.
That pitch was not a ball. It was a strike. Carlos Marmol’s slider has so much movement that guys back out of the way to avoid getting hit when it instead breaks right into the strike zone.
I was going to make one of those “Carlos Marmol is so awesome he fucks your wife, you give him a high five, and then invite him over for dinner” jokes, but then he walked Joaquin Arias with two outs in the ninth so that’s a moot point.
Oh Marms. Why so adorbs?
Fontenot was getting a steady stream of visitors as he packed his stuff in the visiting clubhouse. Carlos Marmol walked up to him and said two words: “All sliders.”
Will the Cubs remember to change their signs before tonight’s game?
“I hope not,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said.
Said Fontenot, smiling: “I’m gonna let them know everything.”
Dear god, I love Carlos Marmol.