March 6, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Dark clouds loom over Marlins Park before a spring training game against the Miami Hurricanes and the Miami Marlins. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
For the past few days, Marlins Park has been the place to be. It all started this past Saturday with the annual FanFest event, and continued the past couple of nights. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Miami Marlins took on college teams such as the University of Miami and Florida International University. If the attendance at these games was a sign of what the crowds will be like during the season, Marlins Park will continue to be the place to be for a long time.
Although it was not perfect, there was not much for fans to complain about either night. Both nights the roof was closed, allowing the air conditioning to cool fans down, and the stadium itself showed off its beauty. Concession lines were long and parking was backed up, but Marlins Park still lived up to expectations held by many. Marlins Park has the potential to be sold out just as often as Citizens Bank: every night.
-In Tuesday's exhibition game, a 7-6 walk-off win against the University of Miami, the Marlins were forced to close the roof due to dark clouds surrounding the stadium. Many fans enjoyed knowing that the game would start at 7:10, regardless of the weather.
-In Wednesday's exhibition loss to the Marlins, FIU was forced to use wooden bats, instead of their typical metal. Prior to the game, pitcher Heath Bell called the FIU players over to stretch with the Fish.-Pitcher Carlos Zambrano was satisfied with his first spring outing against the New York Mets on Thursday. Zambrano gave up three runs while striking out four in a 5-4 Marlins victory.
-Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who has recently been bothered by a slight shoulder injury, has said that he would like to return to the mound on Wednesday. Sanchez is a key part of the Marlins' rotation.
-Third baseman Hanley Ramirez has recently said that training with Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays has inspired him to become a better third baseman and overall player.
-After the Marlins signed Jose Reyes, many thought that Hanley Ramirez was going to become furious. However, he showed up to camp healthy and determined, and has shown that through the first week of spring training games.
-Giancarlo Stanton, formally Mike Stanton, has said that the size and dimensions of the new stadium do not matter, even if it pitcher friendly. Stanton said that he will still continue to hit.
-Since Marlins park has been the host of three exhibition games, spectators are trying to determine whether it is a hitter or pitcher friendly park. For most, it is still too early to tell.
Around The League
-Mets pitcher Johan Santana is getting himself ready for opening day at a consistent pace, sources say.
-Fredi Gonzalez and the Atlanta Braves are doing their best to forget about last season's collapse.
At Fish Stripes
-The NL East is now one of baseball's toughest divisions. How does it compare to the other major divisions throughout baseball?
-How will center field be handled for the Marlins in 2012? Will Bonifacio be "that guy" again?