The Franchise Episode 2 Recap: LoMo Meets His Hero & Lo Viste

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It's fitting that the same day big trade rumors involving Heath Bell and Hanley Ramirez surface, episode two of The Franchise is pretty much framed around a trade deadline discussion roundtable with Jeffery Loria, Larry Beinfest and their DERP lackeys (or maybe the Marlins PLANTED those rumors as a sort of viral campaign for this episode!).

Episode two was all about Logan Morrison's quest to meet George Brett, Mike Stanton's knee surgery and Justin Ruggiano taking his family to the Seaquarium. Here's your recap:

There was decidedly less Ozzie Guillen this week, thus decidedly less FUCKS flung around willy-nilly. Still, as robust and drama-filled as last week's hour-long premiere episode was, the second episode (which was half hour long) still made for good TV.

The episode picked up with the final game of the first half of the season, when Heath Bell blew his sixth save of the season against St. Louis. "I think our team's doing great," Bell lamented to the Showtime cameras after the game. "I think I suck." And with that ass denting at the hands of the Cardinals, it was off to the All Star break where not a single Marlin was in attendance to represent the team, because Major League Baseball is run by dipshits.

Showtime them proceeded to follow three players around during the break, starting with Giancarlo Stanton going in to have his knee operated on. And we got to see Giancarlo Stanton give his name to the U of M medical receptionist (he has to wait and get dicked around a hospital waiting room just like you and me!), and then we got to see him in a hospital gown. His doctor then showed us all a piece of Giancarlo's articular cartilage, because YOLO! Luckily, everything seemed to go well for Stanton and he's on his way back to recovery.

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"According to our charts, it appears that you have The Awesome all up in you."

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