Miracle Over Miami: How the 2003 Marlins
Shocked the World (2004)

By Dan Schlossberg, Foreword by Dave Barry, With Kevin Baxter, With Jeff

Nobody gave them a chance.   The experts said their
manager was too old, their pitching was too young, and their
ownership was too frugal to compete against experienced
opponents with deeper pockets.  What rivals did not realize,
however, was that the Florida Marlins were making the most
of their march toward the Emerald City.   Like the Tin Man
and the Cowardly Lion, the team coupled heart and courage
to survive what seemed like insurmountable obstacles,
clinching the National League wild card with just two games
left to play. In the playoffs, Florida again fooled the

After spotting one-and two-game leads against the Giants
and Cubs, the Marlins battled back in both series to beat the
odds and grab the second pennant in team history. Winning
the World Series, especially against an experienced
Yankees club whose payroll was more than three times the
size of Florida's, was just another David versus Goliath
triumph for the Little Teal Machine. Bunt hits, speed on the
bases, timely hitting, solid defense, and potent pitching
proved to get the better of Goliath in the end.  

"Miracle Over Miami: How the 2003 Marlins Shocked the
World is the story of the most unlikely world championship in
recent memory, a lesson in how to build a winning team with
limited resources, how to plug holes with rookies and
acquisitions, and how to win by having fun. Jeff Conine is
the only man to play for both Florida world championship
teams. In a rare inside-the-clubhouse look he shares his
thoughts on his teammates, compares the 1997 and 2003
teams, and describes what it was like to be member of a
miraculous team. All the heroes are here: rabbits Juan
Pierre and Luis Castillo, local heroes Mike Lowelland Pudge
Rodriguez, rookies Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera,
flamethrowing pitchers Josh Beckett and Ugueth Urbina,
and cigar-smoking manager Jack McKeon.

Fans are invited to once again come to the land of
black-and-teal in "Miracle Over Miami, where nothing is
impossible and the Marlins rule the planet.