Earlier this week stories emerged how the Marlins were “outraged” that the Red Sox would dare send a lineup full of minor league prospects to a Grapefruit League game. The only two players in the Boston lineup that day with any big league at bats were Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ryan Lavarnway. The Marlins were mad, calling it a “gross violation” and contemplated filing a complaint with the MLB home office. Sox GM Ben Cherington apologized and it looked like the “controversy” was over.
Turns out Red Sox owner John Henry has his own thoughts on the situation and tweeted as much Saturday afternoon, delivering a first round TKO to the Marlins organization, albeit without naming them directly.
Obviously Henry has no love lost for the Marlins — a team he previously owned before selling it to Jeffrey Loria in 2002.
I’m not sure what the Marlins should feel the need to apologize for. Giancarlo Stanton is a budding star and the rest of the starting lineup is well … ummm … eight other players, including former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.