Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Definitely The Reg. Season's Last Game

The White Sox play Minnesota tonight for the AL Central Wild Card spot.


CORRECTION: This was not for the Wild Card but for the AL Central Championship. And the White Sox won!


Season Recaps!









Monday, September 29, 2008


Off-Season Casualty No. 1

The Marlins release Sergio Mitre. (MLB)(SunSentinel)


Another Game

The White Sox play Detroit this afternoon to try and force a playoff tomorrow with the Twins.



The Future (Again)

'The Marlins have made it no secret that they intend to retool the roster, shedding power for improved defense, mobility and contact hitting.

'"I'd like to see the defense keep improving, maybe trade some of that power for some guys that get on base and create havoc," manager Fredi Gonzalez said before Sunday's game. "And more pitching. You can never have enough pitching. We've been talking about this since Day One."'(MiamiHerald)


Marlins Booed While Grabbing Dirt; Paul May Get Some Sleep; Wes May Get Cheese

Clubhouse comments and reactions after yesterday's victory. (SunSentinel)


Pictures From The Parade


Sunday, September 28, 2008


The Fat Lady's Warming Up

If the rain goes away, the season ends today for the Fish and, they hope, for the Mets. The Marlins will strive to shut the old stadium down - no sense extending the agony.

A shout-out to Baseball-Reference.com for providing the info for these stats that I've been following since July.

The Fish since their beginning in 1993 are 6-6 in games on September 28, and the Mets in the same period are 6-7. The Marlins on Sept. 28 have won 3 of their last 5, the Mets 2 of their last 5. They faced each other twice before on Sept. 28; a Marlins win in 2003, and another Marlins win in 2007 against today's Mets pitcher, Oliver Perez.

In 2008 the Marlins are 6-6 in Sunday away games (losing 3 of their last 5), and the Mets are 8-6 in Sunday home games (losing 4 of their last 5). They met once already on Sunday at Shea this year, which was a Marlins win on August 10.

Oliver "3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts versus the Marlins this season" Perez and Scott "0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts versus the Mets this season" Olsen are today's starters. (Yahoo)


UPDATE: Hanley's out of the lineup. (PBPBlog)

LAAAAAAAAAA!!!!: Fish beat the Mets 4-2 and ends their season and shuts down their stadium.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


The Season Climax

This is it for the Mets - losing this game would be tantamount to kissing the playoffs good-bye, which is something the Marlins would love to have happen.

The Powers That Be at FOX TV decided that Yankees-Red Sox would be a better draw than this game, so Mets-Marlins will be regional at 1:10 PM instead of national at 4 PM.

But then again, the nor'easter in New York and Tropical Storm Kyle heading towards Boston may make any scheduled start time more a possibility than a certainty. Check the radar here.

In games on September 27th the Marlins have won their last two and six of their last eight, while the Mets have won four of their last eight and have lost their last two. They played each other only once before on September 27, which was a Mets win in 2003.

Florida this year is 5-7 in Saturday road games and have lost their last three, including a game at Shea on August 8. The Mets this year are 6-6 in Saturday home games and have lost two of their last three.

The Marlins' best pitcher in his normal spot in the rotation starts against the Mets' best pitcher working on short rest. (BaseballMusings)

And if you're in New York, be sure to catch the Marlins rookies' hazing parade starting after the game on the subway from Shea to Manhattan and ending at the team's hotel 10 long blocks from Times Square. DVDs should be made available.

EDIT: Fixed Marlins' Sat. road record.


DAMN: Ricky only gave up 2 runs and struck out 10, but Santana did the the complete-game-shutout thing. The Mets are now tied with the losing Brewers for the Wild Card with one more game in the regular season left.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Flushing Water Woes

The weather in New York looks very iffy for the next 2 days. But unlike last night, these games against the Wild Card co-leader will be played, somehow, someday.

Both Florida and New York have won just 2 of their last 5 games played on September 26. Since 1993 on September 26, the Marlins are 6-9 and the Mets are 4-8. They played each other once on September 26, which was a Fish victory in 2003.

The Marlins are 7-5 in Friday road games, but one of those losses was against the Mets on August 8. The Mets are 6-4 in Friday home games, but they haven't played one since a loss on September 5.

Chris Volstad and Mike Pelfrey may take the mound tonight. (yahoo)


MARLINS-WIN: The Mets teeter on the edge of elimination and will start Johan tomorrow instead of Sunday.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Adios to D.C.

As The Government and the Candidates converge to solve our finances, the Marlins play one more game in our nation's capital and then skeedaddles out of town for the year.

The Marlins in their history are 6-5 on September 25 - the Nats in their history are 2-1. The Marlins played them as the Expos 3 times on this date, winning in 2002 and losing on 1997 and 1995.

This year the Fish are 3-6 in Thursday road games and the Nationals are 4-6 in Thursday home contests.

Anibal Sanchez and Collin Balester start tonight. (yahoo)


RAINOUT: And the game won't be made up, either.


More Fans in Stands = Less Wins

Last year the number of people attending games seemed to not affect whether the Marlins won or lost at home.

This year Sarah Talalay did the math...

I checked the team's home record for games before crowds of at least
25,000. Of the dozen games that met that mark, seven were losses,
including Opening Day and the final two home games of the season,
compared with five wins.

If you lower the measure to the 18 with crowds of at least 20,000, the
team's at .500 (9-9). So maybe the big crowds aren't the problem, since
the team's home record is 45-36 (or nine more wins than losses).

The games with crowds under 20000 had nine more wins than losses, while the ones with 20000 and above were at .500. Those are tough stats to build a marketing campaign around.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


The Future

I know, we're all thinking ahead to the next fire sale, but we still have 5 games of this season left. So let's get to it, shall we?

Both the Marlins and Nats have won 3 of their last 6 September 24th games, although the Marlins are on a 3-game losing streak and the Nats have won their last 2. The Fish have beaten them (as the Expos) twice on Sept. 24th, in 1997 and 2002. In 2008 Florida is 7-4 in Wednesday road games, and Washington is 5-6 in Wednesday home games.

Josh Johnson vs. Tim Redding tonight. (MLB)


A-LITTLE-TOO-LATE: Cameron and Gaby stand out as the Fish win 9-4. Marlins now guaranteed an over-.500 season. (yahoo)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


The Nashville Reds

As Craig reveals, only 2000 fans showed up for Cincinatti's final home game of the year.

Using Russ Smith's logic, then it's time now for MLB to end this failed 126-year experiment and ship the Reds out of Cincy.


Back to the Capital

The Marlins are 13-2 over the Nationals, and have not lost yet in Nationals Park, so far this year. But the two goofy stats I keep following suggest a even contest today. Both Florida and Washington/Montreal have lost 5 of their last 6 September 23rd games. Both Florida in Tuesday away games and Washington in Tuesday home games are 3-7 this year and have won 2 of their last 3.

Scott Olsen starts today against rookie Shairon Martis. (Yahoo)


NOT-EVEN-EVEN: The Dolphins and Hurricanes won't have no dirt infield to kick around anymore this year, as the Marlins lose 9-4 and the Mets beat the Cubs, cruising Florida right out of the playoffs.


Secret of Success? Keep 'Em Poor

This year's estimated payroll shows the Marlins paid almost 5 times the amount of money to injured players and players who don't play for the Marlins than they paid for "the first all 25-homer infield in history". (SunSentinel)

Monday, September 22, 2008


Indecision Update: The Continuing Saga

Judge Cohen, in the midst of actually making a final decision on Braman's case, decided to stop and wait before she officially announces her decision. (Blogs.trb.com)


From the Frying Pan Into the Cuisinart

The Marlins have signed a 2-year deal with the New Orleans Zephyrs to be their AAA team, thus allowing an improved flow of players, and hurricane survival stories, between the two leagues. (MLB)


Cincinatti Shuffle

Magic Number 1 for elimination in the NL East race, Magic Number 3 for elimination in the Wild card race, and if that ain't enough, now the Marlins have to play a make-up game in Great American Ballpark, where they haven't won a game since April of 2006.

On September 22nd, the Marlins are 5-5 and the Reds are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Fish are 5-3 in Monday road games but one of those losses is at Cincinatti. The Reds are 4-6 in Monday home games this year.

Ricky Nolasco verses Aaron Harang this afternoon. (MLB)


SHUFFLE-OFF: Fish lose 7-5, have no possibility of winning the division, and are just hanging by their two pinky-nails onto the Wild card race. (FOX!)


Some Catchup

Here's some news from the past week...

The Florida Supreme Court says public referendums are not needed for communities to issue bonds for big projects, scuttling Braman's last outstanding argument against the MegaPlan. (FishStripes)

The team is looking for a new AAA home. (FishStripes)

And they're getting a new Double-A affiliate too. (FishStripes)

And the Fish keep setting new records. (FishStripes)

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Come Back, Mojo!

Okay, I'm writing this last night and having it post this morning - hopefully that will make the mojo happy and return to the team.

September 21st isn't a banner day in Marlins history (so far). Since 1993 they have a win-loss record of 5-9 on that day, losing 4 of the last 5 games. The Phillies on 9/21 enjoy a 10-4 record since '93 and have won the last 3 games. The Fish and Phillies have faced each other 4 times on September 21st, and Philadelphia has won all 4 games.

On the other hand the Marlins are 8-5 in Sunday home games this year, while the Phils are 6-7 in Sunday road games - although Philly has won of 4 their last 5 (just after the Marlins beat them on July 20).

<-----Click the links harder this time.


NO-JO: Fish lose 5-2. Back to normal bloging tomorrow.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


A Plea

(Oh Great Mojo God, please forgive me and the team for not writing this last night to be posted today. Please understand that we were at the game last night and the great win and great weather had us celebrating far past midnight. We beseech you, thank you, amen.)

Both teams have won their last two September 20th games. Since 1993 the Marlins are 7-6 and the Phils are 5-6 on September 20 (the amount discrepancy comes from a Marlins double-header and an extra Phillies day off). The Fish and Phillies played each other twice on this date, in 1993 and 1995, and are 1-1.

The Phillies this year are also 5-6 in Saturday road games (including a loss to the Marlins on July 19), while the Fish have been 9-2 in Super Saturday home games.

Lou Gramm, Foreigner lead singer and one-time back-up vocalist to Tina Arena, is the Super Saturday show tonight.

Look to the links for news.


Friday, September 19, 2008


The Voice From Yesterday

Again I post this from last night - who knows, it hopefully may be keeping the mojo gods happy.

Philly comes to town for three games. Don't be surprised at the incongruous sight of Mets fans piling into the stadium to cheer for the Marlins.

As for the teams' histories on September 19th, the Marlins have lost in 5 of the last 6 years while the Phillies have won 4 of their last 6. They have only met once before on September 19th, which was a Marlins win in 1995.

In 2008 Florida has a 4-8 record in Friday home games, while the Phillies have a 7-5 record in Friday road games.

Check those links, I'm telling you.


Thursday, September 18, 2008


Keep It Going

The Fish have won 2 of their last 7 September 18th games, while the Astros have won 6 of their last 7 (that one loss was last year).

Florida has the same win/loss record for Thursday home games this year as Houston has for Thursday road games - 3-5.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008



I've been back, but something positive's going on here, so I pre-sent this post last night to be posted today, with the usual stuff that I've been doing and not been doing, in the hope to try and keep the pattern going.

Since their first year in 1993 the Marlins are 7-7 in September 17th games, although they have lost the last four. Houston in that same time are 6-6, but have lost their last two 9/17 games.

The Marlins in Wednesday home games this year have a record of 7-5, but the last seven of them have gone like this...W-L-W-L-W-L-W. Houston again are 6-6 in Wednesday away games.

<-----And those links still need checking.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I Should Be Back, But...

...I posting this as of last week anyway. I have no idea what happened to Houston during Huricane Ike. I know that at least 2 games of the Cubs series was cancelled, but that's the extent of my archaic knowledge. The Astros were supposed to begin a series in Miami tonight, so I'll act as if they are still going to do so. The Marlins have lost 4 of their last 6 September 16th games, while the Astros on that date have won 5 of their last six. In 2008 the Fish have a 7-5 Tuesday home record while Houston has a 5-6 tuesday road record.

Keep checking the links.


Monday, September 15, 2008


Monday From the Past

This is scheduled to be the last day off for the Marlins this season. I'm still writing this post from last Thursday, so maybe they're playing a game today for some reason or another, I don't know. Just for the heck of it, the Fish have a 4-9 record in their history on September 15th. Keep checking the links for more news and scores.


Sunday, September 14, 2008


Sunday Slugfest

Here on Sunday the Marlins' and Nats' records seem more troubling. Since 1993 the Fish have gone 3-8 on September 14ths, while the Nats/Expos in that same time on that same date have a 7-4 record. The Marlins have lost their last 3 Sunday home games but have a 7-5 record this year. The Nats are 4-7 in 2008 Sunday away games.

Check the news over there <--- and check the scores down below.


Saturday, September 13, 2008


Saturday Showtime

Like yesterday, the Marlins have won 4 of their last 5 September 13th games. But they have a 8-2 record in Saturday home games this year as opposed to the Nationals' 3-8 Saturday road record.

And again, check my links section for the Marlins news that I can't report on since it hasn't happened yet here in the past. Hopefully Albita will be good.


Friday, September 12, 2008


Another Travel Day

This time it's me. As this is posted, I should be winging my way to a far-off city for a family get-together. I probably won't get a fresh post in until Tuesday. But I put a pile of pre-posts in to pop up for each day with my obsessive couple of stats, which I should double-check for accuracy but I won't. So let's begin...

The Nats are in town for three over the weekend. Checking Washington's record on different days during the years is a bit limiting, as they were the Expos just 4 years ago. Just concerning them as the Nationals I can then cover Septembers 12th, 13th, and 14th in one swoop by saying that for each of those days in their history the Nats have won one game, lost one game, and had a day off in the other year. There.

The Marlins meanwhile have won 4 of their last 5 September 12th games. Unfortunately though, it seems that they have also lost seven of their last eight Friday home games, for a win-loss record this year of 3-8. But the Nats aren't much better, going 4-7 this year in Friday away games.

For more news check the links provided off to the side of this page. Start with FishStripes and work your way down. Here's the schedules/scores...


Thursday, September 11, 2008


Travel Day

The Marlins get a day off. Check out the Mermaids tonight "at the unveiling of their first(?) calendar. Nikki Coconut Grove will transform its dining room into a catwalk where the women will showcase the latest Miami styles and perform a their fan-favorite routines. The event is open to the public. 2889 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-626-7332."

For those with more sabremetric interests, Philly and Atlanta have games tonight.



Emperor Jeffrey Scowls at Braman's Opposition

"Loria said Braman was like somebody out of the First Century, adding he would have been opposed to construction of the Roman Coliseum."

IN-OTHER-NEWS: Dallas gets the dollars. (SunSentinel)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


See Ya, CBP

Today's the last regular-season game for the Fish in Philly this year.

In the last seven years the Marlins have a record of 6-2, and the Phillies a record of 2-5, in games played on September 10th - that includes four games played against each other, all of which the Marlins won.

This year the Marlins have a 6-4 record in Wednesday away games, and the Phils have a 4-7 record in Wednesday home games.

It's Ricky Nolasco against the surging Brett Myers today. (MLB)


ALRIGHT!: Fish win 7-3. (Yahoo)

DAMN!: Nats score 10 runs, still can't beat Mets. Fish still 8.5 games back with 16 to go.


Jamestown Makes it Into the Finals



Judge Cohen Decides! New Stadium 'Serves Public Good'

"Cohen noted the county didn't do an economic impact study for the Little Havana area, said the site has no link to downtown, noted the team did not have to make its financials public even though almost $400 million in public money would be spent, and agreed with Braman that clear proof does not exist that a new stadium would stimulate the neighborhood...

But..."Ultimately, Cohen said the case law was unshakable, and that she could not counter 39 years of rulings that backed the Marlins, the county and the city of Miami's contention that the public would benefit from a new stadium." (MiamiHerald)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Next Game...

The Marlins played the Phillies on September 9 for the last 3 years, with the Marlins winning once. This year the Fish are 2-7 in Tuesday road games and the Phillies are 7-3 in Tuesday home games. The Marlins are 2-0 against the Phils on Tuesday so far this year.

Chris Volstad and Kyle Kendrick are scheduled to start tonight. (Yahoo)


OKAY: Volstad gets a contusion, De La Cruz almost gives the game away, but Gregg gets the save, and Jorge gets one homer closer to 25, as the Marlins beat the Phils 10-8. Mets win too, Fish still 8.5 games behind with 17 games left. (MiamiHerald)

OOPS: Gregg got the win, not the save.


Gregg and Pinto are Back

"Manager Fredi Gonzalez said both pitchers will be eased back into action, first pitching in non-save and non-critical situations."...ALSO: Wes, with his Phillies experience of last year, thinks the Marlins still have a chance...The Fish have played better defense in the second half... and Treanor's still recovering. (PalmBeachPost)

Monday, September 08, 2008


Back to Philly

The Fish start a 3-game series in Philadelphia tonight. The Marlins played the Phillies on the last two September 8's, and lost both times. Before that, since 1993 the Marlins were 7-5 and the Phils 6-6 on September 8.

The 2008 Marlins are 5-2 in Monday road games. The 2008 Phillies are 4-2 in Monday home games.

Joe Blanton and Anibal Sanchez are tonight's starters. (MLB)


SPOILED-FISH: The Marlins are having trouble just being spoilers as Philly wins 8-6. Fish now have lost 3-in-a-row.



Willingham announces that the Marlins ain't realistically in the race no more...ALSO: Treanor was hurt yesterday...Gregg's feeling better...and Jeremy makes amends. (SunSentinel)

Sunday, September 07, 2008


Time For Positive Wavelengths

Our concentrated South Florida mental efforts turned Ike towards Castro's Cuba. Now that we're safer here (sorry Bahamas), bend some of that good vibration towards St. Louis.

Why? Because in September 7th games since 1993 the Marlins are 6-8 while the Cards are 8-6. And in 2008 the Fish are 6-5 in Sunday road games while the Cardinals are 8-3 in Sunday home games. Looks like they just need a little push.

Josh Johnson Vs. Adam Wainwright today. (USAToday)


NOT-ENOUGH: Marlins lose 3-1. At this minute (4:55 ET) they are back to 8 games behind the Mets.

METS-LOSE-FIRST-GAME: Fish 7.5 games back.

METS-WIN-SECOND-GAME: Fish back to 8 back.

Saturday, September 06, 2008


Saturday in Busch II

The Phillies-Mets game today has been postponed due to rain. Doubleheader tomorrow.

Since 1993 in games played on September 6th the Marlins are 8-4 (and are in a 3-year win streak) and the Cardinals are 6-7 (won last year after losing 3-in-a-row). This year the Fish are 5-6 in Saturday road games and the Cards are 6-5 in Saturday home games.

It's Scott Olsen against Todd Wellemeyer tonight. (Yahoo)


YUCK: Marlins lose 5-3, are now 7.5 games off the lead with 20 to go. (FOX)

Friday, September 05, 2008



As the rains from Hanna hit Miami and hurricane Ike gets closer, the Marlins hit the road and start a three-gamer against St. Louis.

But the scary thought is this - the Fish in their history are just 2-10, and are now in a 5-game losing streak, in games played on September 5th. The Cards in September 5th games have won 7 of their last 9 (they lost last year, though).

The Fish are 6-5 in Friday away games this year, and have won 3 of their last 4. The Cardinals are 7-4 in Friday home games in 2008, and have won their last 3.

Ricky Nolasco starts tonight for the Fish. The Marlins are "15-5 in the right-hander's last 20 starts, with Nolasco going 11-4 with a 3.18 ERA in those games." Mr. Looper starts for the Cards - he "allowed a career-high eight earned runs in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-5 loss to Houston on Saturday. Looper, however, is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA in three starts against Florida". (Yahoo)


NO-FEAR: Ricky kept them close, Mike tied it in the ninth, Dan put them in the lead, and Cody made sure as the Marlins beat the Cardinals 4-1. The Fish have won two-in-a-row for the first time in a month. The Mets lose, so the Marlins are now 7 back.

Thursday, September 04, 2008


Indecision Update

Judge Cohen has decided to decide next week on whether the new Marlins stadium serves a "paramount public purpose", just in time for Hurricane Ike to make mincemeat of the plans of all South Floridians. (blogs.trb.com)


Day Off

The only NL East action scheduled today will be the Nationals playing at Atlanta.



Some Stuff

A clarification: Luis is the 'Marlins' winner of the Clemente Award. Go vote for him to be the overall winner. (FishStripes)

And it was Luis' 141st birthday yesterday. (FishStripes)

"The Marlins overcame a 10-3 deficit only to fall to the Braves, 16-14, on Tuesday. Florida, which lost an 18-17 decision at Colorado on July 4, became the first team in 78 years to lose two games in which it scored at least 14 runs in the same season, the Elias Sports Bureau reported. The Phillies and Pirates did it in 1930." (Philly.com)

And news of Sarah Palin's speech and Tropical Storm Hanna takes a back seat to the discovery that only 600 people showed up for the start of yesterday's game. (Google)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Back to the Afternoon

Congrats to Luis for winning the Clemente Award!

Both the Marlins and Braves have won 4 of their last 6 September 3rd games. In 2008 the Marlins are 6-5 in Wednesday home games and the Braves are 3-8 in Wednesday road games.

Chris Volstad against Jorge Campillo today. (Yahoo)


BACK-TO-THE-WIN-COLUMN: Fish win 5-3. Mets win too. Marlins still 8 games from the top with 22 to go.


Bye Bye New Mexico?

It looks like the Dodgers want their AAA affiliation out of Las Vegas; indications are they want to go to Albuquerque. (LasVegasSun)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Back to the Night

Since 1993 the Marlins are 9-3 in games on September 2nd - and are now in a 4-game win streak on this date. In that same time frame the Braves are 7-6 in September 2 games and are 2-2 in their last 4.

For the year the Marlins are 7-4 in Tuesday home games, but in the last 4 games they are 2-2. For the year the Braves are 2-9 in Tuesday road games, but in the last 4 games they are 2-2. The Marlins are 2-0 against the Braves so far this year on Tuesdays in Miami.

It's another rematch from 5 days ago - Anibal Sanchez against Charlie Morton.


LOOKING-DARK: Marlins lose 16-14; fittingly our old nemesis Jorge Julio gets the win. Mets win, so the Fish are now 8 games from the lead with 23 games left. (FOX!)


Positive Vibrations?

Luis: ""We look forward to September now, and hopefully we can get out of the gates good. We've still got a bunch of tough games ahead of us. We need to put the last month behind us and move forward."

Paul: "I don't know if there are any ingredients you use to get hot, but you need to have a lot of breaks go your way...We just need to take it to them. We've got to stay aggressive, and we can't sit back and be passive."

Cody: "We're not out of it...People can say that all they want. But until we're mathematically out of it, we still have a chance." (MLB)

REENFORCEMENTS: Andrew and Brett have arrived. Eulogio and Robert arrive today. And so will the player "who leads all professional players with 42 home runs" and who "ranked 13th among all Triple-A hitters with a .997 on-base plus slugging percentage."

Monday, September 01, 2008


An Afternoon After the Afternoon

The Braves come to town after getting swept by the Nationals in Washington. The Fish are 6-9 against Atlanta so far this year.

Florida in 2008 are 2-4 in Monday home contests, including a loss to the Braves on July 21. The Braves are 3-4 this year in Monday road games.

The Braves have won 5 of the last ten games they have played on September 1st. The Marlins, however, are on a 5-game win streak in September 1st games (they're 7-3 in their last 10).

It's a rematch of 5 days ago - Mike Hampton against Josh Johnson. (MLB)


W-O-S-F: John Baker gets Uggla in fron third, and the Fish win in the 9th inning 4-3. (Yahoo)

Mets win, Philly loses; Marlins still 7 back.


Roster Embellishment

Craig has the rundown...(FishStripes)


History Points To a Good September...

...if it isn't too late.

"Hanley Ramirez is a .345 hitter in September, including a .339 mark with six homers and 16 RBI last season...

Cody "Ross was phenomenal last September, batting .381 (24 for 63) with five homers and 13 RBI. This month should bring better things for Jeremy Hermida, who batted .328 last September." (SunSentinel)

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