Baseball season officially got underway on American soil Wednesday night, when the St. Louis Cardinals helped the Miami Marlins inaugurate their new ballpark. (I give the Marlins credit for creating something original instead of opting for yet another retro clone ballpark, and I’m going to try to overlook the weird home run sculpture… but what’s with all of the bright green in the design scheme?)
I think many fans expected Jose Reyes to get the first hit in Miami Marlins history, but I bet they were all hoping it would happen before the seventh inning. Kyle Lohse briefly invited comparisons with Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who is the only pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter on Opening Day. Alas, it was not to be… though the Cardinals might have managed a shutout if first base umpire Angel Hernandez could be relied upon to make correct calls.
Carlos Beltran gets credit for the first hit and first run scored in an official game at Marlins Park, and it’s still somewhat strange to see him and Reyes in other teams’ uniforms.
But in just a few hours, it will be time for the “real” Opening Day at Citi Field. I should have some photos and another scorecard for you to look at later tonight.