May 28, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich (51) forces out Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Matt Joyce (20) and throws the ball to first for a double play during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Miami Marlins 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to The Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today we are still taking a look at 1998 for moment 122.
1998 was a big year for Major League Baseball as a whole as the league expanded to 30 teams with the additions of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The addition of the Devil Rays gave the Marlins an instate rival and gave birth to the Citrus Series.
The first game ever of the Citrus Series was played on June 22, 1998 at Tropicana Field. The game was tied 2-2 entering the 12th inning, but thanks to a sac fly by Todd Zeile to score Edgar Renteria the Marlins took the first ever game of the Citrus Series.
The Marlins would go on to win that series 3 games to 1 giving them the first ever Citrus Series win. On a side note, the Marlins have swept the Rays twice in the Citrus Series including a 6 win season in 2005.
The Citrus Series is definitely something any Marlins or Rays fans should go see. Are there any more moments from 1998?
You’ll just have to come back and see. Till next time… Lets Go Marlins.