Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Last time we brought you the first strikeout in Miami Marlins history, but what about the first Florida Marlins strikeout? Today for moment 64 we take you to the first game in Florida Marlins history and the first strike out!
April 5, 1993 was a great day. Charlie Hough was on the mound and we didn’t have to wait as long as we did with the Miami Marlins to get the first strike out. We enter the top of the 1st and up to bat comes Jose Offerman of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Charlie stares down the Jose and surprises everyone (not really) with a knuckle ball called strike. The next pitch is a bit outside but Jose reaches for it and whiffs. Strike 2! It is now the moment of truth, the 3rd pitch; will it be a ball, a foul, or will we have a 3 pitch strikeout? Charlie winds up and releases the ball… strike 3 looking! It is the first strikeout in Florida Marlins history!
A lot of people will argue that that their pitch was a bit outside and low (not me, it was a strike, but I’m a Marlins fan), but the excitement of the game was set from that moment on. It was a great game and a perfect start to the Florida Marlins. Join me tomorrow as we continue counting down to Opening Day!