Ticket Stub #14 – Marlins vs. Reds – 04/04/1997
Pro Player Stadium – Miami, FL
Reds 9 – Marlins 7
This was game 4 for the Marlins’ 1997 season, and is the closest I have ever gotten to see a game on Opening Day. Who would have thought that just a few months later the Marlins would be celebrating a World Series championship???
What stood out most in this game was the amazingly talented offensive line-ups each of these teams had. The Reds were stacked with players like Deion Sanders, Ruben Sierra, Reggie Sanders, Barry Larkin, and Hal Morris. The Marlins didn’t have a soft line-up either. The roster contained Gary Sheffield, Moises Alou, Bobby Bonilla, Devon White, and Jeff Conine. This was also the first game I ever saw Edgar Renteria play in live and he quickly became and still is one of my favorite Florida Marlins of all-time.
The biggest impression left on me after seeing this game was the obviuos talent of Reggie Sanders. Sanders had a hell of a night going 3-for-4 with 1 home run and 6 RBI. This is easily one of the best offensive performances I have witnessed during a live baseball game.
Hall of Famers in this game – Barry Larkin(???) & Gary Sheffield(???)