Ticket Stub #18 – Florida Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 06/26/2008
Dolphin Stadium – Miami, FL
Rays 6, Marlins 1
This is the most recent game that I have been to and concludes this series of posts highlighting the baseball games that I have attended. I have offered up 18 games, but in reality have probably been to 30 or so. Careless moments and ticket stubs in the washing machine don’t mix when you are trying to relive past events. I hope that you have enjoyed this series and I will certainly present to you any games I attend in the future.
On to game #18…
I scored these tickets using a 2-for-1 coupon. I was able to get seats right alongside the Marlins bullpen so I made sure I arrived extra early to grab some up-close pictures. When we arrived, Scott Olsen was was firing away in the pen and was quickly joined by most of the Marlin’s starters and several of the bullpen players. It was nice to be there so early with little noise. I clearly remember being able to hear the ‘zip’ of the ball as it raced 60 feet from Olsen to the bullpen catcher.
The game was great, if you were cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays’ bats were hot and were led by Evan Longoria’s 3 for 5 performance which was capped off by a home run. I have to say that it is kind of cool to say that I saw the American League Champions play. The Marlins were terrible, both on offense as well as pitching. The bats were cold, cold, cold…
Now onto the big story of the game – Matt Garza!!! This kid was awesome. He was getting batters out at will and racked up hitless inning after hitless inning. As the game went on, and the hits were not coming and I started to get flashbacks of the Al Leiter no-hitter I witnessed several years prior. 4th inning – no hits. 5th inning – no hits. Do I tell my buddy that I have seen a no-hitter before? Do I mention thosewords? How many people have been to 2 no-hitter in their lives?? WoW!!! 6th inning – no hits. Oh my, it’s going to happen again; too bad there is noone at the park to enjoy this… 7th inning – CRACK!!! Hanley Ramirez launches a deep home run to left field. Gone is the no-hitter. Gone is the shutout. Gone is history. This Marlins only accounted for 1 hit in this game. 1 pitch is what separated my second no-hitter in person from my 1 no-hitter and 1 1-hitter. One hell of an effort by Matt Garza though…
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