Across the state, Jose Reyes said Friday that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told him to buy a house in Miami two days before trading him, said he hasn't talked to Loria since, and then said what everyone does about this season.
"I feel sorry for [Giancarlo] Stanton,'' the former Marlins shortstop said.
Stanton heard this and shrugged slightly. He had just walked through a clubhouse of teammates he didn't know on the first official day of Marlins camp.
Now, as a soft drizzle began to fall on him, he said a lot of people expressed sympathy to him in the manner Reyes did. That's how his last few months have gone as the Marlin Left Behind. He put a brave face on that idea
"I'm not one to [say], 'Hey, everyone, feel sorry for me,'" Stanton said. "What is there to feel sorry for me about? I'm in the big leagues, and I play a game for a living. There's no reason to be made.
"People who know me know not to just assume things. They know how I am. It's not going to be any pouting or none of that stuff. So, we're good."
Stanton is the story here, the only story. In so many ways — none of them good — the lone intrigue of the Marlins' season is how Stanton plays this bad hand he's been dealt. And, when he leaves town. As he will. As his situation demands.
Stanton puts brave face on Marlins' season
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 16