This doesnt have to be the greatest sports town, what with all the beaches and clubs and year-round parties but still, theres no doubt that South Florida loves winners, as evidenced by the Miami Heats welcome party for Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh last month. And, as luck would have it, the Florida Marlins are also in the business of having a trio of young talent with worlds of promise too.
Take Mike Stanton, for example, a rookie whos come out this season and made a lot of noise with both his bat and fielding prowess. Theres also pitcher Josh Johnson, whos quietly making history with his 1.80 ERA and streak of runless games. Then theres Hanley Ramirez, an established superstar with the potential to become the best ballplayer in the bigs. The Fish might be near the bottom of the NL East standings, and their owner might be a major-league jackass, but still, our other big three is pretty special. OK, not Wade/James/Bosh special. But still special. The Fish will meet the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens). The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and tickets start at $9. Visit marlins.com.
Tue., Aug. 3, 7:10 p.m., 2010