Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #135 Breaking Ground

Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today we are going to take a look at moment 135, which takes place July 18, 2009. On this day the Marlins broke ground for the new Marlins Park. With over thousands of fans showing up to the event, the Marlins created a baseball field on the site of the new park.

August 11, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers former player Charlie Hough waves to fans during introductions of the Rangers 40th anniversary all time team before the game against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports


To make it even more memorable the Marlins brought in Charlie Hough to throw out the first pitch to Benito Santiago. The ground breaking was done by Mayor Carlos Alvarez and a host of other Florida dignitaries. Even the shovels were really cool. They were baseball bats with metal shovels at the end of them. On February 15, 2011 the first seat would be installed in the new Marlins Park. This particular first seat cannot be missed by people visiting the Park; it is the only red seat in the entire blue seated park. The exact location is seat 12 in section 19 row H.

An interesting note, the canvas which showed everyone what the futures Marlins Park would look like had the Florida Marlins fish logo painted behind home plate; but would the Marlins keep this fishy Florida Marlins logo, or were they planning on changing it? Well…

Topics: Benito Santiago, Charlie Hough, Florida Malins, Marlins Park, Miami Marlins

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