Hello. I hope you're having a good day, person reading this via the Internet.
Today is Tuesday, November 6th. Unlike most Tuesdays, there is something rather newsworthy happening on this Tuesday. Today is Election Day. Unless you are reading this post weeks later, of course. If you are unaware or reading this from a different country, today is the day where millions of Americans participate in the beautiful system of democracy by casting their votes to decide what will be the next flavor of Mountain Dew. Or something like that. Just like the Founding Fathers intended.
But most importantly, I am writing about the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins have had quite the eventful offseason so far. Since crashing and burning over the course of the 2012 season, they have done some wheeling, dealing, hiring, and firing. But after the flood of activity, there is a chance the Fish will be as quiet as a mime for the rest of the winter.
In case you missed the transactions that the club has made recently, here's a quick recap:
The Marlins hired a new manager. His name is Mike Redmond. Actually, I think it is Michael but as far as I know he is cool with everyone calling him Mike. He was introduced last week. He talked about taking batting practice in the nude and promising to fans that "things are going to get better," as Jeffrey Loria undoubtedly laughed quietly to himself.
The Marlins signed Kevin Kouzmanoff. He received a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Miami is hoping he can provide a little pop to an offense that was devoid of all power during the last season. Who knows, there's a chance Kevin Kouzmanoff is the Marlins' starting third basemen come Opening Day 2013. Just like the Founding Fathers intended.
The truth is that on this particular day, no transaction that the Miami Marlins could make will overshadow what happens in the state and country in the political realm. Unless there's a video of Nate Silver teaching a squirrel how to wate rski somewhere out there, there is really nothing that will overshadow politics on this Tuesday in November.
But maybe this election and the political process is a lot like the game of baseball. We listen to the pundits for months, talking about what a team or candidate is doing right, but each prediction and prognostication is met with a degree of uncertainty. The Miami Marlins may be a bad team next season. They may be a good team. The process of rebuilding from a disastrous 2012 season has just begun. But the bottom line is that we will not truly know until the results are in and we begin the cycle all over again.