Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #47 Omar Hits it Out of the Park
By Andy Salgado
May 8, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Omar Infante (12) hits a home run against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Yesterday we talked about the first Florida Marlins home run. Today I want to talk about the first Miami Marlins home run. For moment 47 we are taking you to the Great American Ball Park. The day is April 7, 2012 and Omar Infante just hit the first home run in Miami Marlins history.
Let us jump to the 5th inning: the Marlins are down to the Cincinnati Reds 2-1. The first batter up is Omar Infante. He is facing Mat Latos. The first pitch Latos throws is a called strike. Omar has a good look at the ball. The next pitch Omar doesn’t like and lets it go into the catcher’s mitt for ball one. Omar seems to have a good feeling about Latos pitches. The 3rd pitch never makes it to the catcher. Omar hits the sweet spot and sends the ball deep over the left field fence for the first ever Miami Marlins home run. Wow, both first home runs happened in away ball parks. Let have a bonus moment then.
There are mixed feelings about the home run statue at Marlins Park, but I did cheer when I saw that thing go off for the first time after a home run. The player that made it go off? Omar Infante! Not only did Omar hit the first Miami Marlins home run, he hit the first Marlins home run in Marlins Park. On April 15, 2012, against the Houston Astros, Omar came up to the plate in the second inning against J.A. Happ. First pitch was a bit outside for a ball. The next pitch was a bit outside of the field, a home run! Light that statue up!
That’s two moments for the price of one. Omar had a nice moment, but what about tomorrow’s moment? Join me then as we take a look at 2012 one more time, and I promise it won’t be the last time.