For years, the Florida Marlins have been in a pursuit of a new stadium, and it has been a tedious process to the point Wayne Huzienga and John Henry gave up by selling this franchise.
Jeffrey Loria and David Samson have been fighting this battle since the day they were approved by Bud Selig in running this franchise. Those two won the battle when their plans for a new stadium at the Orange Bowl site was approved by the politicians long time ago.
Still, nothing is official until many dignitaries were shoveling dirt to start the ground-breaking of a new stadium. That wait was over yesterday morning when the Marlins invited the public to go witness the ground-breaking ceremony. There is nothing like digging dirt to start this process. Sure, it's nice to see the stadium being a finished product, but one has to understand the hard work that is done for the stadium to be complete, which makes this day a special one.
This should put the speculation of Marlins' future in South Florida to rest once and for all. It's good for the players and the fans to know that they don't have to worry about the future of this team so there is going to be a peace of mind on that front.
It's going to be so good to see this franchise join many MLB franchises in playing in a new stadium. It's great for the fans, and most importantly, it will be great for the players who are going to be proud to call their new stadium as their home.
Land Shark Stadium is not a great place to watch baseball. From all accounts, it's hard to see the action, and the seats are not exactly good. Plus, there is nothing appealing about the park. It was great at one time when the franchise was born, but things have changed, with most baseball teams playing in new ballparks, and the Marlins need to keep up with the teams in terms of revenue to pay their home-grown players, which was a new stadium was a must for them to survive.
It will be great for the Marlins players because it's a good bet they will not be playing home games in front of orange seats that are not filled by the fans. Sure, the opposing teams' fan base will still come to the games, but at least, people in the Miami area will be there just for the experience of being in a new park.
The players don't have to say much to each other about what would it be like to play in a new facility like their peers are doing for their respective teams. They can enjoy the experience of playing in a vibrant new park that will foster a good atmosphere for them to succeed in.
On a night like last night, a new stadium would have been good timing for the Marlins. The Marlins had a 2-0 lead, and Josh Johnson was dominating the Phillies with his three strikeouts in the first inning, but then the rain came, and the game was postponed. As a result, the Phillies take the series by winning the first two games, and the Marlins are hoping they don't get swept this afternoon.
The retracted roof in the new stadium will mean the fans can go to the game without knowing if the game is postponed or not, and they don't have to wait if there is a rain in the middle of the game.
In April 2012, it will be great day for this franchise and in South Florida sports history when this stadium opens up.
Yesterday was a great day because the work is getting started.