Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 4/2/12

Its so close, the day many Marlins fans have been waiting for since we first stepped foot in that orange nightmare with more name changes than Puff Daddy.  For those of us who sat through the all too common rain delays, those of us who baked under the sun on a Sunday afternoon game, this is a dream come true.  Joe/Pro/Dolphins/Whatever was our home for 19 years.  While it was not a very nice home, it provided us with many happy memories.  4 no hitters (Kevin Brown, Al Leiter, AJ Burnett and Anibal Sanchez), 3 BBWAA Rookie of the Year (2003 Dontrelle Willis, 2006 Hanley Ramirez and 2009 Chris Coghlan) and 2 World Series Championships (1997, 2003).  Yes, in their short existence as a team, they have given the city of Miami a lot to be proud about. The Marlins have the same amount of championships as the Dolphins, Hurricanes and Heat.  COMBINED.  Yet, we were still the loveable losers, but losers not more.  With the recent additions to the roster and a world class baseball facility, the Marlins are poised to be the number one sports attraction in South Florida.

This past off-season, the Marlins went on a spending spree previously unseen by Marlins fans.  The front office had spoken of this off-season as the one where they would open their proverbial wallets and bring some talent in.  Forgive us for being a bit skeptical.  Having gone through 2 fire sales and some awful trades (Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis for Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller ring a bell?) we found it tough to believe that the Marlins would go out and sign major free agents.  Even when the reports about Jose Reyes started coming in on the eve of 11.11.11, the date the Marlins released their new colors, we were all still skeptical.  Then, it all began to come true.  Heath Bell was the first to sign.  20+ million for a closer? Mark Buehrle was next.  Then Jose Reyes, and finally, the Carlos Zambrano trade. Wait, whats this? The Marlins are offering Albert Pujols OVER 200 MILLION? It was like had gone to sleep and woken up in the twilight zone.  This was just unheard of for the normally frugal Marlins, who normally developed talent, and then traded it away.  But it was true.  The Marlins now have arguably the best infield in baseball, a top 10 bullpen, and a very good starting staff.  Did I mention we have Mike Giancarlo Stanton?

As a new chapter begins in South Florida sports history on Wednesday night at Marlins Park, we have to be thankful for this team.  While the Heat are the sexy team with their big three,  the Canes have the hardware, and the Dolphins have the history, the Marlins have given us just as many memorable moments, while we cast them aside.  Give them a chance, I’m sure they won’t disappoint us.

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