New Marlins Stadium
New Marlins Stadium, In front of the fish in the aquarium behind home plate and the people dancing in the night club the Marlins couldn’t come through in a loss to the Cardinals but fans got a first look at Miami’s new stadium.
The sellout crowd in the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark cheered the introduction of their starters, who were accompanied by women dressed as Latin showgirls.
Muhammad Ali delivered the first pitch and then Kyle Lohse and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals went to work playing spoiler to the enthusiastic Miami crowd.
Lohse held Miami hitless until the seventh inning and pitched into the eighth to help the Cardinals win the first game in Marlins Park, 4-1 Wednesday night.
The Marlins’ new animated home-run sculpture never budged. It was the fourth inning before they even managed a baserunner, and by the time they scored in the eighth, they trailed 4-0.
“It’s a good ballpark for a pitcher, obviously,” Lohse said. “It’s pretty hard to get it out.”
New Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was asked if the team’s new home is a pitcher’s park.
“For Lohse, yes,” Guillen said. “But it’s too early to say how the ballpark is going to play.”