April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes (7) connects for base hit during opening day against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Over the years I personally have witnessed up close and live some great moments, first moments, and record setting moments in Marlins history. I even have piece of Marlins history in my personal collection. It is with great honor that I bring you moment 58, because I can say I was at the game where this happened- Jose Reyes gets the first hit in Miami Marlins history.
I’m not going to sugar coat it, the Marlins were not looking too good in their first game at their new park, with their new treads, and their new name. We sat on the edge of our seats waiting for that first hit, or as it turned out any sign of offense. Entering the 7th inning Kyle Lohse had a no hitter going on. To start the inning, our big off-season sign Jose Reyes came to the plate. Already 0-2 this game, Jose was on a mission to make sure that his Marlins were not going to have no-hitter thrown against them in this game.
The first pitch was delivered and Jose let it go for a ball, 1-0 count. Lohse set up again and delivered another pitch, this time Jose couldn’t hold himself back. Unfortunately, he swung and missed, 1-1 count. The 3rd pitch Jose showed some patience and took ball 2, for a 2-1 count. In came the 4th pitch, a beauty, right down the middle. Well, it was a beauty for Jose as he smacks the ball past a diving Daniel Descalso and records the first hit in Miami Marlins history!
I remember the place erupting in cheers when that ball rolled into the outfield. We all got to see a moment that will never happen again. Join me tomorrow as we take a look at a Florida Marlins first.