Shaun Marcum used to pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers, and he obviously has been missed since moving on to the New York Mets in the offseason. Not only have the Brewers lacked decent starting pitching without him, but Miller Park's insects have been without their favorite right-hander.
We know this because a dragonfly attached itself to Marcum's cap in the bottom of the first Saturday. Like a yellow and black fluttering biplane, the insect went in for a landing on Marcum's blue Mets cap and just wouldn't let go — even when Marcum threw the ball. The li'l guy had the best seat in the house.
"That's unbelievable," Fox Guy No. 1 said.
"That's a good grip right there," Fox Guy No. 2 said.
But as a camera lense zoomed at Marcum's head, the booth crew sounded just as impressed with Marcum's concentration as the dragonfly's balance:
"That's how you know a pitcher is focused," Fox Guy No. 1 said.
"I said he was tough mentally," Fox Guy No. 2 said.
Um, hello. The dragonfly was the one showing all of the skill by hanging on for dear life. While some dragonflies can have wingspans as wide as 19 cm, they are so light that they're hard to notice on you unless you've seen them coming. Marcum obviously had no idea there was a bug on his head. Silly Fox Sports.
But was it stuck? Can dragonflies get stuck, as if the cap was made of Velcro? Being a species that's at least 300 million years old, dragonflies have seen it all, so you'd think they'd know how to take off from a baseball cap. It didn't appear to get hooked on one of the little air holes that circle MLB caps like halos. It's a Miller Park mystery!
And did the dragonfly bring Marcum good luck? Well, presumably he didn't sit there the entire game, but Marcum allowed six runs — five earned — and 11 hits over five innings. The Brewers won 6-5. So the results are ... inconclusive at best.
Going forward, we'll see if MLB uses dragonfly technology to fit pitchers with cameras so we all can have its unique view. Dragonflies could even be used to call balls and strikes from there. They're more or less looking at the strike zone like umpires used to. With the right shock absorbers, anything is possible. Just as long as the pitchers minded their presence. We don't want robot insect umpire casualties.