Found March 26, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
This video has been making the rounds this morning, but that's only because it is the greatest thing ever: For those who don't know, this is the new home run structure the Miami Marlins have installed in centerfield of their new ballpark. Every time Giancarlo Stanton or Hanley Ramirez or any other Marlin hits a home run, the structure will perform the dance you see in that video. I would imagine a Gloria Estefan version of "The Natural" theme music will play over the stadium's speakers as it dances, but we'll have to wait until the baseball season starts to know for sure. Dave Brown of Yahoo! Sports describes the contraption as the "unwanted zombie lovechild of a pinball machine, a carnival roller coaster and a diabolical cuckoo clock." His reaction - while much more colorfully said than everyone else - is pretty common. In short, this Miami Home Run Machine is not very popular. I say that's rubbish! This promises to be one of the...
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