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A New Home
- Updated: March 9, 2012
Hey it’s the new Marlins Nation’s writer Estainer Oineiro!
Marlins Park, built in the middle of little Havana, is the new home of the Miami Marlins. It is a beautiful modern ballpark that can seat up to 37,000 people. But is it enough? Since Fanfest I have been at the park everyday and let me tell you that it is an amazing sight.
I have loved the Marlins since 1996 (when I was 3) and since then it has been a burden to drive all the way to Sun Life Stadium to watch a baseball game but now I have just a 20 minute drive and I am there. During the Drive you can see the Park from Miami International Airport and the drive gets me very anxious. Every minute that goes by it gets more intense as you want to get there already, then as you climb the flight of stairs and make a quick right, there it is.
The newest ballpark in the world. When you walk in, you are greeted by the green backdrop and blue seats that surround the field, and the Marlins Home-run feature (which hasn’t been turned on yet). With the roof open before the game, it’s gets very windy and cold but when the roof closes, the atmosphere is perfect. It not cold nor hot and its not windy at all.
It’s perfect. There is only two problems that I have with the new Park. Concessions stands are always packed full of people waiting in line for food or a drink. I waited in line 10 minutes at the FIU game for peanuts and when the guy charged me, they had run out. He didn’t even want to give me my money back.
The other problem I caught is that there isn’t that much seating room. With the team the Marlins have now, they can go all the way, and I don’t just say that because I am a Die hard fan but because it is the truth.
We have the best left-infield, a Gold-Glover at second and an all-star 1B. When we hit the outfield we find speed and power. The predictions have come out and it is expected that the outfield of the Marlins in total should hit about 75 Homeruns(45-Stanton,25-Morrison,5-Bonifacio). Our pitching staff is around 3 times better than last year with the Addition of Buehrle, Zambrano and Bell.
We now have Depth and a little more consistency in Pitching. The last couple of years, Juan Carlos Oviedo has blown a lot of very important saves that should have been routine. With the addition of Heath Bell, that is no longer a worry. Now the important question is “Can J.J. stay healthy?” No one but J.J. himself can answer that. At fanfest just out of curiosity I asked him how his arm was feeling and he responded by saying “It feels amazing man thank you for asking.” The only thing he haven’t talked about is Catchers, but with John Buck that should not be a worry. This is going to be his second year in the N.L. after a remarkable first year. In his first game as a Marlin he hit a Grand Slam.
And now for breaking news… Marlins Park will be hosting the 2015 All-Star game! At fanfest during the first town-hall meeting a loyal fan asked when Miami was finally going to host an All-Star game. David Samson himself when ahead and made it official that Marlins park will host its first All-Star game in 2015. Now that’s enough about the team, lets get back to the Park. Overall it is an amazing park.
The ambiance is perfect and what a better thing to see than the majority of the fans attending the stadium wearing Marlins gear. Bandwagon or not it feels good. No more games where the visiting team has more fans than the home team. It’s a great thing to see.