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After sweeping the Blue Jays up in Toronto, the Marlins clubhouse should have been a place of cheer and celebration.

Instead, things got a bit weird after Hanley Ramirez(notes) said "hey, it hurts" after being hit by Dirk Hayhurst(notes) in the eighth inning and then not seeing any of his pitching teammates retaliate against Toronto's batters.

Writes Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel:

"Asked if the team has to defend him in that situation, Ramirez cemented his point in Spanish, saying: 'You know, incredible. There's going to come a point where I'm not going to feel protected. I'm going to be scared to hit a home run because I know I'm going to get hit.'

"Ramirez added the team was 'obligated' to retaliate. Hayhurst also hit Jeremy Hermida(notes) two innings earlier."

The story then continues with a private meeting between Ramirez and Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, then the subsequent ejection of all media from the clubhouse after Gonzalez accused reporters of stirring the pot. But Ramirez's quotes are his quotes and I have no idea why H-Ram would spoil a victory by publicly complaining about his teammates to the media. Exactly why would you need to retaliate against an interleague opponent you won't be seeing again this year and maybe for many more?

You know, the 25-year-old shortstop is oft cited as the face of Florida's franchise — both now and for the future move to the new stadium in Miami — but his public moaning this season has started to make me wonder if he's really all that up to it. Just enjoy the win already.

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