The timing was perfect, in some way. Today, the Marlins held their groundbreaking ceremony for the new stadium on the site of the old Orange Bowl. Fans came out from 10am until around 12pm and took in the scene. The webcam showed the rest of us who couldn’t make it what was going on.
Hours later, the Marlins would take on the Phillies at Land Shark stadium. Yet with grey clouds rolling, the Marlins’ 2-0 lead was washed out as the game was called after a 90 minute rain delay.
A perfect day for the Marlins.
But wait, the game was rained out, not makeup date was made and the Marlins dropped their last 2 to the Phillies. How is this perfect? Because it underscores the need the Marlins have for a domed stadium.
Everything will be better once the Marlins move into their new digs on Opening Day, 2012. At least, that is what we are being told. Modern and visionary is how the architecture is being characterized, and since owner Jeffrey Loria knows art, we should expect a lot of the design. Don’t forget that the Marlins will change their name, too, to the Miami Marlins.
So tonight’s game was called and the Marlins will most likely make the game up in September when the Phillies return for a 2 game series at the end of the season. Maybe the timing will be even more perfect then, too. Maybe we will see the Marlins down 2 games from the top spot in the NL East – behind the Phillies. The way the Marlins were losing to the Phillies now, it may be a blessing in disguise. Just like the rain confirming the need for a dome – it becomes an easy sell. And to think, over 1,500 fans had to endure a hot south Florida afternoon for the ceremonies only to see the game washed out in the evening. That’s Florida at this time of year!