15 February 2011
While pitchers and catchers don't report until Friday and the Marlins did not sign any one today, it was still a huge day for the Marlins Organization. Today at the new Marlins Stadium Jeffery Loria and David Samson installed the first seat at the stadium. While the plan is to have all of the seat be blue, this "first" seat was painted red to make it stand out. Fans should also know that the stadium is about 60% completed and construction is running both on time and on budget as well.
After the installation was complete Hanley Ramerez, Chris Coghlan, Logan Morrison, Mike Stanton, Gaby Sanchez, and John Buck treated the construction workers to a show by all taking batting practice from inside the new stadium. While some of the construction crew members were getting autographs from the players others were shagging fly balls from what will be the outfield. Hanley was the first up and hit a hard ground ball with his first swing, and a few pitches later he hit the stadiums first (unofficial) home run. And when it was Mike Stanton's turn behind the plate he hit a ball that literally bounced out of the stadium.
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