by Jake Mintz
FOX Sports MLB Writer
The furry-faced 24-year-old — whose slender beard looks like a cross between an eccentric yoga instructor and a desert island outcast — either heads to the bathroom sink in the tunnel or fills a set of plastic cups with water from a hidden cooler, then dumps it on his head.
“It’s called having some edges,” Phillies Backup Mask Garrett Stubbs He answered when asked why his classmate’s luscious locks were always so wet. “This guy knows how to find his motivation.”
But even though Marsh wets his hair at least 15 times a day, he has only washed it once in the past month. His last haircut was during his All-Star break, a few weeks before his trade with Philly, which means Marsh has yet to get a trim since moving to City of Brotherly Love. hair product? He’s using zero, preferring to let the elixir of the natural world do the job.
Across baseball, there are a number of so-called “wet guys,” A term lovingly coined by the indomitable David Roth. The concept is simple: There are a lot of baseball players, but the wetballs stand out. Think Brandon Crawford Or Colby Rasmus or Clay Buchholz, the guys who, when you flip them over on TV, are always inexplicably wet. While Marsh is a relative newcomer, it pairs perfectly with this baseball moisture-rich fabric.
But whenever quarterback Phillies – who has dug himself into local baseball lore with a three-game decisive throw in his side – Certainly, the W series has been resolved – Ending an attack stranded at the base and not having the time to re-dress the lettuce, he is forced into a scrambled, suboptimal, desert-like danger zone.
Medusa of the Phillies explained, “If I don’t get it wet, it gets really rough in there. I don’t like it that way. I like it wet.”
If this whole situation sounds a little weird, this is baseball. Or maybe it was just Phillies. In a sport full of offbeat personalities, the Velez family has amassed a particularly curious group of men. It is a team that accurately reflects the energy of the city in which it plays. This is no coincidence. Veterans like Reese HoskinsAnd the Kyle Schwarber And the Nick Castellanos They have worked hard throughout the season to promote a team culture that enables players to unleash their exotic flags.
Beyond the good vibes and dew, Marsh contributed to an elite midfield defense, a dash of speed on the base lanes and the occasional big bang. formulated by Angels In the second round of the 2016 draft, the skinny Georgian high school student slowly developed into the organization’s best-approved prospect. But in his first 162 games for the big league club, Marsh struggled to make an impact at Anaheim, averaging 653 OPS in that period.
But in 41 regular season games with Philly, he scored an above-average (especially for an elite defender) 773 OPS. He is also not shy about expressing his opinions, especially when it comes to music.
“I hate country music,” Marsh said when asked about his tastes, an especially fiery opinion of a Georgia man. “Country music pisses me off, man. All the songs are about a girlfriend who left you or something. I don’t want to think about it. I want to punch my closet and bang my head against the ceiling while listening to Lil Uzi Vert.”
It probably goes without saying that when Marsh was obtained on deadline for Philly’s best player, Logan OhbeBearded fireworks go perfectly with Feliz’s quirky atmosphere.
“Before we trade it [Marsh]We did a lot of research on who was off the lines as well as who was as a player,” Phillies GM Sam Fuld told FOX Sports after Game 4. Everyone loved him, praised him. We knew he would fit right in and continue to improve our culture.”
“There is a real friendship between us as a team,” Castellanos said on Saturday. “When Marsh came here, we said to him, as we say to all our men: Come, be yourself, whatever he looks like or looks like. No one in this room will judge you.”
“You can see how much fun we are having” – Rhys Hoskins at Phillies
Rhys Hoskins spoke with Ken Rosenthal after the Philadelphia Phillies advanced to the NLCS, praising the young players and management for building this team.
While the Phillies set out to stir up this unconventional vibe from the jump, it wasn’t until former manager Joe Girardi, who had made a more serious and serious presence, acquired Heave Ho in early June. New leader Rob Thompson prefers a more laissez-faire approach, one that has helped create an atmosphere in which he is Bryson Stott He feels comfortable running around the club with a Bud Light cardboard bag on his head while taking pictures of everyone. (Stott, for the record, doesn’t drink.)
“I feel like this year, we’ve done a better job creating an environment where men feel comfortable, and they feel comfortable being themselves,” Hoskins said.
Team chemistry in sports is often a vague, fabricated dynamic. The team with big energy failed in October – or didn’t make it to post-season. And clubs with toxic bunkers full of players who despise each other got the biggest prize. More often than not, it’s a complete crapshoot.
But just because good feelings can’t be measured doesn’t mean they are unimportant. Apparently everything the Velez nurtured is working. Any team subject to overachievement should have an advantage. And Stubbs has already made it clear where to find Marsh.
“We love Marsh, man,” Hoskins gushed. “He’s weird, but we all have a little bit of a weirdo in us, right?”
Jake Mintz, the top half of @CespedesBBQ He is a baseball writer for FOX Sports. He is a fan of Orioles and lives in New York City, and as such leads a secluded life in most October residents. If he’s not watching baseball, he’s almost certainly riding his bike. Follow him on Twitter @Jake Mintz.
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