If you’re the Florida Marlins, you should be optimistic: You’ve finally got the finances to build that baseball-only stadium you keep saying will rescue your attendance from sub-Monster Truck Rally levels; You have a dynamic roster filled with exciting talent; And you have arguably one of the top 10 hitters in baseball in Hanley Ramirez. So what’s the perfect thing to do in Spring Training? Why, drive Ramirez to the point of near self-destruction with ridiculous team rules, of course!
The SUN SENTINEL reports that Ramirez melted down yesterday in the clubhouse before the team’s exhibition games against Baltimore, choosing to use his chest and a Sharpie to express his outrage. And you would expect him to be pretty upset at this point, what with his .077 batting average this spring. But the target of his ire wasn’t his own poor performance, but the team’s new dress code and personal grooming policies.