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Marlins Park Season Attendance To Fall 500,000 Short Of Preseason Projections
Published October 3, 2012
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REDEMPTION SONG: Spencer in a separate piece noted Adam Greenberg, who signed a one-day contract with the Marlins last week, recieved his first official MLB at-bat last night after striking out against Mets P R.A. Dickey. The at-bat “lasted all of 33 seconds,” but the Marlins Park crowd of 29,709 “offered him a standing ovation” (MIAMI HERALD, 10/3). Greenberg said of striking out, “The one thing that I knew that I was going to go up swinging, going down swinging, one way or another” ("Today," NBC, 10/3). Greenberg: “It was magical. The energy that was in the stadium was something that I have never experienced in my life, and I don’t know if I’ll ever experience that again” (N.Y. TIMES, 10/3). In Ft. Lauderdale, Mike Berardino notes Greenberg “had planned to do a curtain call, to acknowledge everyone who helped him get here." Greenberg wanted to recognize "not just the 29,709 in the stands at Marlins Park, but those 26,000 fans who signed an online petition at OneAtBat.com.” But then he “figured he really shouldn’t do that after striking out, so that was saved until the game ended two hours later” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 10/3).