Forty hours in Miami

Marlins Park, sparkling and brand-new. I was offered a seat in the club level by a guy outside the stadium, and I ended up paying $10 for this amazing view of the field.

Last Thursday, my boss asked me if I wanted to go to Miami for a story.

Like anyone with half a brain, I accepted, was given my assignment, and took off for sunny south Florida. I spent nearly two days in a pristine hotel, about a block from the water. I finally got to see South Beach for the first time and munch on shrimp and clam chowder on the side of A1A (I was born in Fort Lauderdale, so now you’re probably a little more shocked to learn I had never seen South Beach in person).

My story will be running in a matter of days (and I’ll link it on my Published Writing page when it’s live), but until then, I wanted to share a cool experience that I was a part of on the second of my two nights in town.

I got to see the new Marlins Park. Not only that, I got to see something historic occur in Marlins Park.

Adam Greenberg was a major leaguer seven years ago when he was hit in the head during his first at-bat, on the first pitch he saw, during his big-league debut. After that experience, he was thought to be done with his baseball career, and he never played another game in the majors.

Until Tuesday night.

The former Chicago Cub whose career was derailed in Miami stepped into the batter’s box against possible Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey and struck out on three pitches. But this time, he got an official at-bat.

And if you didn’t know better, you’d think it was Chipper Jones’ last at-bat in Miami. The crowd was that amped — nobody sat down and almost everyone cheered the entire time he was in the batter’s box.

I captured some photos of the moment (and the rest of the night), so please check out the slideshow below and I will post a link to the story I got in Miami on my Twitter page when it is published.

Forty hours in Miami is never enough, but it was a refreshing trip. And seeing that moment at Marlins Park was definitely worth the $10 ticket.

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