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Marlins Closing In On Opening Day Sellout, But Season Tickets Down To 5,000
Published April 8, 2013
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME: In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde writes you "really have to love baseball to watch the Marlins this year." Because this will "increasingly be the tiring question as the season moves along: What's to see at a Marlins game?" Hyde: "Winning? Watching a major-league product? Enjoying the moment offered in a pro sports event? None of that will be a tangible part of the Marlins this season" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 4/8). In West Palm Beach, Joe Capozzi notes Marlins Park will feature "several changes, including new sod to replace the turf that didn’t grow properly last year in the retractable-roof stadium." Samson said that the team has installed "special lights -- 'like an artificial sun,'" to help the grass grow. The Marlins’ bullpen will be moved "behind the right-field wall at the request of manager Mike Redmond, so that he and his coaching staff will be able to see it from their dugout along the third-base line." Last year, the Marlins’ bullpen was "behind the left-field wall next to The Clevelander bar -- a location that initially raised complaints from Marlins relievers because of loud music" (PALM BEACH POST, 4/8).