Marlins

Behold: The new Marlins logo

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The Marlins have not released their new uniform design — at least not yet — but they did release their new logo today. That’s it up top. It’s not too bad? Here’s the secondary logo, which you could maybe imagine on a cap?

The logo appears at the end of the video below which is, until the final few seconds, not about baseball at all. It’s about Miami. A “this is our town” promotional thing which takes you on a tour and shows you people and the culture of the city.

A lot of times when sports teams do this stuff it seems somewhat contrived, but I think it’s pretty cool here. The Marlins have almost never sent much of a “we are a part of our community” message. Jeff Loria lived in New York for Pete’s sake and, of course, they infamously consider themselves a foreign corporation for legal purposes. Before this, the most they ever seemed to want out of Miami is tax subsidies and to be left the hell alone.

You can’t just market your way into a community — and the Marlins have a long way to go before they can earn back any sort of trust from baseball fans in Miami —  but the fact that they are at least trying to make themselves part of the Miami community is probably worth something.

Anyway:

Softbank Hawks player homers, backflips onto home plate

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In the United States, if you admire a home run you get thrown at.

If you get thrown at, about the best anyone ever does in response is to trot really slowly.

It’s sad — I wish we had more flair about us — but it’s our culture and we’re stuck with it for better or for worse.

That’s not the case everywhere, of course. Check out Kenji Akashi of Japan’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Last night he hit a walkoff, er, sorry, sayonara three-run home run and was so happy about it he literally did back flips as he crossed home plate:

That whimper and bang you just heard was every U.S.-born pitcher simultaneously getting the vapors and then fainting.