Opening Day 2021: A Poem



Opening day at the ballpark


And we gather with Marlins faithful,


Marlins doubtful,


And Marlins still undecided


In a city that has been sick and divided


But today in Miami, we are united!


With a woman at the helm and our ace on the mound,


The Marlins are ready for a brand new season


Full of promise


Cheered on by fans who have ached to see live baseball since 2019.


It’s been 18 years since the last Championship


But here we are, this glorious Opening Day


Where the air is electric and humid


And the immutable spirit of Jose Fernandez still lingers with us.


As we begin a new season,


Hats off to last year’s playoff team.


We are building on new traditions and new heroes


Remembering seasons past with Muscle Boy and Marlins Mermaids


Back when they were the “Flarrida” Marlins and the ballpark doubled as a football stadium.


Fast forward to today, at a quarter capacity


Half vaccinated, wearing KN95’s


With the defiance of being called bottom feeders


And the optimism to Re2pect the process.


This is our year.


So while we cannot yet lock arms and sway together


And sing “root root root for the Marlins,”


We can stand together on this Opening Day and feel the love


For this season’s first official Play Ball.