Just back from Miami, some thoughts on the Marlins park. Very Miami-esque and I really enjoyed the 2 games I attended. I'm sure there was a ton of talk about it, but the place is going to take some 2000 Jose Lima like pitching to yield many home runs. 344 to LF with a 12 foot fence seems a bit much, I am guessing like Detroit, they end up moving the fences in.
There is a huge glass wall in LF, that runs from the foul pole to CF. It was closed Friday and opened Saturday it didn't seem to make a difference. The Stadium looks much better with the roof open and the view of downtown Miami.
The stadium has huge concourses around the field level, the concessions were very efficient but surprisingly drab, nothing really Miami about them, just dogs and pizza, and nachos, etc...
Seats were spacious with plenty legroom, much more so then most stadiums I have been too.
The Clevelander, which is the bar behind the LF fence is a spruced up Lefty's Pub. If you enjoy watching the game thru a chain link fence, then it is your spot.
We had JD Martinez's girlfriend sitting in front of us Friday night, and the Myers clan for both games. The Myers kids are a handful. But the little suckers were into the game, chanting and cheering and beating on chairs to the rhythm of, Lets go Astros, for innings on end. I would guess the kids are 5 & 6, plus another 1ish year old who was with mom the whole time. All three went nuts when dad got into the game.
I was surprised to see so many Astros fans there, considering the state of the franchise. JD Martinez obviously had a huge group of family and friends there too.
As for the homerun thingy they built in CF. It is ridiculous and annoying, which is exactly what just about every opponent of the Astros said about the original Astrodome homerun spectacular.
The area surrounding the stadium sucks, but it was only a $15 cab ride from downtown. Getting a cab post game was a bit challenging.
And in a Grand Theft Auto Vice City Moment, this is what we saw when we got back to our Hotel after the game Friday night.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130297/The-400-000-accident-Valet-driven-Jeep-vaults-Mini-Cooper-Maserati--200-000-Porsche.html?ito=feeds-newsxml