Kind of can't blame either side. Pudge took a "prove it year" contract, and no doubt proved his ability; but w/ the Marlins payroll and priorities, they couldn't really stick that much cash into him either.....Would have loved to have seen him back there, too; but if they signed pudge, they probably couldn't have re-signed Castillo, and upped Lowell, who I think are more important, especially since they had Castro waiting in the wings (or the local greybar hotel).
If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that was going to beat us, I'd trip her. Oh, I'd pick her up and brush her off and say, 'Sorry, Mom,' but nobody beats me.
Leo Durocher, Brooklyn Dodgers Manager