Miami’s beautiful new ballpark opened Sunday for an exhibition game vs. the Yankees.
By Cam Cain ◊ 4/1/12
The Marlins’ season begins anew in many ways. A new logo, new name, new stadium, and a huge offseason spending spree in which they most notably signed Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle, and Heath Bell. The Marlins’ park, going by the name Marlins Park, is extravagantly over-the-top. From the retractable roof to the vibrantly designed home run monument in center field, Miami’s stadium is a modern haven.
Jeffrey Loria and the rest of Marlins management hope that this new park and new group of all-stars will help attract fans to come see the team. At the old park, which was used by the Miami Dolphins and changed its name every year, Florida never drew 2 million fans and was always in the bottom 5 teams in attendance. The new stadium will definitely boost fan interest, at least for the first couple of months. I have the pleasure of going to a game in late April and can’t wait!
The Marlins have planned for 2012 for years now. The big bats Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo (formerly known as Mike) Stanton now have a true leadoff man in Jose Reyes. Mark Buehrle and fiery manager Ozzie Guillen came from the South side of Chicago. Guillen will add some personality to these Marlins. This personality will definitely make the Marlins a fun team to follow, it will be up to the star players as to how they finish but I expect nothing short of second place.
Oh. And as for the first game at this park, New York won 10-8, scoring 2 in the top of the 9th. Gaby Sanchez hit the unofficial first home run in the 2nd inning. Since it was an exhibition game, the home run will not go into the books. Also, they didn’t let that disgusting monument off. That would’ve been amusing.