In the first shutout of the young MLB season, the Miami Marlins fell to the Washington National 0-2 today, but fans of schadenfreude only have one number on their mind: 20. That would give the Marlins the single longest losing streak in the post-wildcard era. If anyone can top the 2005 Kansas City Royal's record, it could very well be this team.
The Marlins played today at CitiField in front of 45,274 people. That's a regular season record for the Nationals, and likely the largest crowd the Marlins will play in front of all season. The team only managed to net three hits. Pitcher Ricky Nolasco, whose previous two starts against the Nationals resulted in shutouts, gave up two runs to Nats phenom Bryce Harper.
But anti-fans aren't concerned with just how badly the team played today, but how badly they can play all season. The Marlins have gone on 11 game losing streaks three times. In fact it happened twice in the 1998 season (just a year after winning the World Series), while the last came in just 2011. A franchise record would suffice for some schadenfreudists.
Though, the fiercest anti-fans hope that the Marlins can beat the all-time losing streak record of 24. That was set by the Cleveland Spiders all the way back in 1899.
With the second lowest payroll in the league, fan support hovering around zero, morale levels in the dugout likely hovering even lower and a new-to-the-major manager it could be possible this team could make history.
And you thought the Heat's winning streak was exciting?