• As if getting swept by the Nationals wasn't painful enough for the Marlins, manager Mike Redmond also had to endure absorbing a foul ball off his right elbow.
During Thursday's game, Redmond was grazed by a foul ball off the bat of the Nationals' Bryce Harper. A former catcher who retired in 2010, Redmond shook it off and didn't show any signs of being clipped.
"I got hit in the elbow. Some things never change," Redmond said. "It doesn't matter if I'm playing, coaching or managing, the ball seems to find me. I was like, 'Come on, man.' It was almost impossible for him to hit me from home plate. I couldn't believe it. I thought I was far enough over. I was thinking there was no chance I was in the line of fire.
"I'm used to taking those foul tips. There is no way I can go down right there. The guys would be all over me."
• Friday was a first for Redmond. It was the first time he stepped foot in Citi Field after all the years he visited Shea Stadium as a player. The difference?
"I've got to be honest with you, I really miss the smell," Redmond joked. "They asked me what the difference is, and I said, 'By far, the smell.' When you walked underneath the stadium there, there was a smell very unique to Shea Stadium."
How would he best describe the smell of Shea?
"Stale," the manager laughed.