After a 5-2 Opening Day loss to the Miami Marlins in 2020, former relief pitcher and one-time All-Star Ricky Bottalico had the following to say about the Philadelphia Phillies on NBC Sports Philadelphia:
“I didn’t see any fear in the Marlins. That scares me a little bit because I’m watching this Phillies offense that’s supposed to be a juggernaut. It didn’t look like they were too intimidated by the Phillies’ names up there… See what I mean? But that’s what I’m talking about because if the Phillies wanna win something, if they wanna be at the top of this division, and I’m talking by the end of these sixty games, there’s plenty of time obviously, but you have to beat the bottom feeders, and if you don’t think the Marlins are bottom feeders, we’ll see what happens in a couple weeks and see who’s beating up on them and who’s not. If they’re that good of a club because I don’t see it, I don’t know what you saw tonight, but, I wouldn’t say they’re a juggernaut by any stretch of the imagination”.
By season’s end, the Marlins boasted a record of 31-29, their first winning season since 2009 when they were 87-65, while the Phillies, on the other hand, missed the playoffs with a record of 28-32. The “Bottom Feeders” label served as a catalyst for the team’s drive for success, which would propel them to their first postseason appearance since 2003. Although eventually getting swept out of World Series Championship contention by the Atlanta Braves in their NLDS, they had achieved the same feat against the Chicago Cubs in their Wild Card Series.
You can get the “Bottom Feeders” BreakingT t-shirt that Marlins’ players Miguel Rojas and Jazz Chisholm Jr. have worn with the rest of the 2020 team on BreakingT from $28.00 to $35.00, depending on the size.
You can also get Rojas’ “Air Rojas” and “Donnie Baseball” t-shirts on BreakingT from $28.00 to $29.00, depending on the size. The former is inspired by Rojas’ passion for basketball and Jordan Retros and a double play that he helped to turn against the Phillies on July 25th, 2020, which was reminiscent of Michael Jordan’s “Jumpman” logo (ala New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter circa 1998). The latter pays tribute to 2020 National League Manager of the Year, Don Mattingly, who, at the time of this writing and since 2011, has a lifetime managerial record of 793-813 and is only the fifth manager ever to have won an MVP as a player and manager (Don Baylor, Kirk Gibson, Mattingly, Frank Robinson, and Joe Torre).