May 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (37) reacts after pitching a complete game shutout against the New York Mets at Marlins Ballpark. The Marlins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
On September 29, 2013, during the last game of the season, Henderson Alvarez pitched the 5th no-hitter in Marlins History. On May 4, 2014 the Marlins commemorated this great moment by giving the first 5000 kids who came to the game a No-Hitter baseball. Boy this is a beautiful ball.
Yes I know I’m not a kid, I don’t look like a kid, and I don’t have any kids myself, but I do have a niece. I took her to the game and once she got a hold of the baseball she would not let it go. Today I was finally able to get my hand on that ball. Without a doubt this is the best no-hitter item the Marlins have ever given. The past balls are good but they normally just have the date, the team, the score, and the pitcher on a plain or white and teal ball. Other no-hitter items the Marlins have given away include pennants, pins, photos, cards, and posters. This Henderson ball blows them all out of the water.
First, this is not a typical baseball. The ball is made of synthetic leather/plastic, it’s orange and black instead of baseball white, has a photo of Henderson celebrating on one side and the date, the team, the score, and the 5th no hitter on the other side. It is a great looking ball. Another neat feature is the background of the ball. In the orange and black you see the inside of Marlins Park. Very cool. Whoever designed this ball really put a lot of time and effort into it.
Join me next time when I’ll take a look at the giveaway for Cuban Heritage night on May 24. Until next time…Let’s go Marlins.