Apr 5, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs (6) is forced out at second by Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes (7) during the second inning at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
On Wednesday night, fans, many in Miami Marlins attire, filled the streets surrounding Marlins Park. They all piled out of one of the four parking garages or were walking from one of the many available lots around the area. The line to enter the stadium was longer than any that Sun Life Stadium ever saw.
Fireworks and the national anthem followed. The 2012 theme song was played, as the Marlins' starters made their way onto the field for the first time. They weren't alone, though. They were all escorted by members of the "Energy Team", dressed in unique outfits that some said perfectly reflected Miami. The crowd went crazy as Muhammad Ali handed a ball to Hanley Ramirez. For most of the night, that was all the opening night crowd had to get excited about.
On Wednesday, the Marlins got a solid six innings from Josh Johnson, which was followed by a quality start by Mark Buehrle on Thursday. The Marlins' offense unfortunately struggled, which resulted in Johnson and Buehrle receiving losses. One earned run over 18 innings is the statistic. Have no fear, though. The last time the Marlins started a season 0-2 was in 2003. And we all know what happened then.
-On Thursday, the Marlins were defeated by the Reds 4-0. Mark Buehrle, who was making his first National League start, went six innings and gave up two earned runs while walking two and striking out five. The Marlins, who faced two opening day starters in less than 24 hours, were unable to score against Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall. The offense thus far has been significantly quiet.-CBS has reported that Ozzie Guillen celebrates a win and mourns losses the same way: by getting drunk. However, Guillen said that he stays in his hotel room, so "nobody can call my wife and tell her I'm at a bar or at this place." Guillen also added that he is "too little for fights."
-Commissioner Bud Selig explained that the earliest there will be an All-Star game held at Marlins Park is 2015. Selig said that he has yet to determine the site of the 2013 and 2014 games, and that Citi Field will likely be where the next All-Star game will be held.
-Catcher John Buck, who has been known to have unique masks, debuted his new Miami Marlins mask on Wednesday. The mask is orange with palm trees representing the city, and like the new colors and ballpark, "screams" Miami.
-The Marlins are being very careful with left fielder Logan Morrison. Morrison didn't play in Thursday's game; Chris Coghlan started in left instead. Coghlan, a Rookie Of The Year award winner, is looking to contribute after being injured for the past few seasons.
-Despite scoring one run over their first two games, the Marlins are not worried about their offense. Mike Stanton said, "Everybody is just over-analyzing a bit." As Sun-Sentinel writer Juan Rodriguez points out on Twitter, "Everything is magnified in April."
-Manager Ozzie Guillen was not upset with Hanley Ramirez missing a few plays on opening night.
-Starter Rick Nolasco will make his first start of the season on Saturday against the Reds. The Marlins will try and even the series at a game a piece.
-The Marlins have an off day today, which in the eyes of many couldn't have come at a better time. As the Palm Beach Post wrote it, "Nobody needs a day away from baseball more than this team."
Around The League
-Friday's opener between the Yankees and the Rays will be a matchup to watch all season, many speculate.
-In a 16 innings game, the Blue Jays defeated the Indians 7-4 on Thursday night.
At Fish Stripes
-No need to panic, Marlins fans. The entire league is off to a rough offensive start.
-According to FanGraphs, their was no hero for the Marlins in either of their first two games.