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Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 on the final day of the MLB season to narrowly edge Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title.
After accomplishing such a feat, one can expect an outpouring of praise and adulation from fans, friends, family and peers. Unless those folks have the wrong number.
A flurry of congratulatory messages were texted to Gordon in the wake of his feat -- only he didn't receive several of them because they were sent to his old number. Instead, Joe Adel received those messages and shared them in a tweet to Gordon: "I think I have your old cell phone # n people are giving you love and your not receiving it. Congrats man"
Adel is a former pitcher for the USF baseball team so he's probably used to some celebrity. But nothing can prepare you for having a pro athlete's following.
Here's hoping Adel has unlimited text messages.
South Florida weather, especially those late-afternoon storms, can be unpredictable -- even for meteorologists. For amateurs? Forget about it.
All of this brings us to Opening Day between the Atlanta Braves and host Miami Marlins, holding just their third season-opener game at Marlins Park. You know, the stadium with the retractable roof meant to stave off the rain delays that marred play at the Marlins' old home for so many years?
Yes, one of South Florida's signature downpours caught these residents off-guard, and the roof could not be closed in time to stop rain from soaking the field. And another thing:
Marlins don't have rain tarp because they didn't think they would need one with a roof, except that roof has to be closed for that to matter— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) April 6, 2015
Even better, though, is the explanation as to why the Marlins weren't able to foresee this weather. Via Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, who was there as Marlins president David Samson talked to reporters (the "Loria" referenced is owner Jeffrey Loria; read more of Samson's explanation here):
Marlins president Samson said he has weather APPs on his phone. "I tried to predict cloud would go north and it went south on..stadium."— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 6, 2015
Samson said when he told Loria there would be rain delay, Loria said: "I thought we have a roof." Samson:"I said that's a reasonable answer"— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 6, 2015
Marlins don't have a meteorologist consultant. Instead, three team executives monitor weather forecasts on APPs.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 6, 2015
Apps, man. Great for productivity. Not so great for self-taught Doppler radar reading.