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Opening Day was a memorable day for the Miami Marlins, but not for the reasons they had hoped for. Things got off to a slow start as Henderson Alvarez allowed a run in the first inning, mainly because of a mental error, a balk, he committed with a runner on first.
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Then came the incident with a heavy downpour of rain causing a 16-minute delay, despite the team playing in a park with a roof. Stanton had a brain fart, trying to go from first to third on a ball hit to left field and was thrown out easily at third.
Things only got funkier from there. Marcell Ozuna made a great attempt on a pop up to center. He thought he caught the ball and was showing off his glove to the umpire to prove it. Only, he did not make the catch and the ball landed behind him, allowing Eric Young Jr. to get to second on a double.
Then with the Marlins trying to rally in the 8th inning, Dee Gordon laid down a beauty of a bunt, but unfortunately never made it to first base, as he face planted three steps out of the batters box.
After the Marlins amazing highlight plays for the evening, I tweeted this out:
While there’s a good chance these plays do make their way on to the Sports Center Not top 10 on Friday, the Marlins can take solace in having a quick turnaround with another game against the Braves tonight.
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