Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Opening Day April 4, 2012

Yesterday was a special day here in South Florida for those of us who are BASEBALL FANS! It was Opening Day for the rebaptized Miami Marlins (formerly the Florida Marlins) and their brand new ball park with air conditioning and a retractable roof. But it was a bit complicated for us because even though we root for our local team all things being equal... today was special because they were playing the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, THE 2011 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS and they are our heart team since dad is from St. Louis and mom converted her loyalties to the team when she married him.

It's complicated too because just after they won the World Series, mom's favorite player and favorite manager and favorite pitching coach moved on. So on so many levels, this was a new beginning, with a new manager (Mike Matheny) and a newly reconstituted team playing in another team's new ball park with their own new name and new uniforms and new manager.

We wanted to show you the new Marlins Park because it is spectacular -- but all the photos we found were copyrighted and we didn't want to go to prison because we hate being behind bars. If you're interested, you'll find cool photos here:

We couldn't wait for the game to start. We donned our Cardinals bandananas and were ready for the first pitch! Mohammed Ali was there to throw it symbolically in honor of a bout he fought in Miami Beach years ago; and Jose Feliciano sang the national anthem. A huge Amercian flag draped the field for the pre-ceremony, which had a local very Miami Latin flavor to it.

Things got very interesting when the Cardinals scored first. And then scored again. And again. And again.
We were really into it.

And so so tickled when they won, 4-1. One hundred sixty one games to go! WOOHOO!

Jake and Just Harry


Gus said...

woooooohoooooo! We watched with Dad and muzzer made the popcorn and brought the apple juice up to the TV room (have we mentioned the humans are a bit stodgy?)

The muzzer feels like your Mom, in fact she refused to reset Dad's top level security code on his desktop from ********11 to ********12 because she says there is no way it is gonna happen. Dad is pretty superstitious about this kind of stuff, so he may win yet.

We were touched to see Mohammed Ali and agree about the Latin flavor to the opening ceremonies. Beisbol, after all, speaks many languages! look great in the bandannnannnannnas, and

gussie n teka

Ina in Alaska said...

That stadium is pretty spectacular! Happy Opening Day...


Lorenza said...

I watched the game too!
The new stadium is pawesome!
Goooo Yan....
Ok. You know, right?
Kisses and hugs

Two French Bulldogs said...

time sure does already!
Benny & Lily

Oskar said...

Wow it sounds like you baseball loyalties are very confusing. I'm glad you were happy with the outcome, though.

Nubbin wiggles,

Asta said...

That looks like fun and having yoow Cawdinals winning is the best!
I am late in wishing you a happy Passovew ans Eastew too
Pleez fowgive me. Thank you fow thinking of me..I miss all of you and sometimes get sad I'm so faw..Eastew was one of those times..we wewe sad not to have ouw fwiends awound us .
Smoochie kisses


Love the Red Birds & the Tribe.

You must be getting an earfull about Ozzie Guillen. Boy, oh boy did he step into a pile of elephant droppings. I can't remember the a baseball manager ever doing something like that. Not sure if he will last the season.

Essex, Sherman and Dog Dad

Scout and Freyja said...

We are so furry happy that you are lovin' the beginning of the sporting season! GO TEAM!

Unknown said...

Hi Jake & Just Harry! You certainly look like keen fans! :-) Look at you cheering them on! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We're not into baseball, but our mama loves it. Well actually Baby

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We think that last comment was never completed...Darn blogger...or is it our mommy?! Anywhoooo, Baby likes to play with balls but she can't play baseball. You 2 really are fans though. We could tell from the photos. BTW, our Croscill curtains up at the cabin look just like your couch pillows.
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRD & Hootie

Flynn said...

You look very happy there! Have fun.

stop by for a visit.

Flynnah & Roxy xx

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Kess And Her Mama said...

We can tell you guys are major baseball fans. Enjoy the games :-)