In case you missed it, a 15-year-old was the first to trigger the Marlins’ tacky outfield home run art deco tower
Mar 8, 2012, 3:43 PM EST
As you probably know, the Miami Marlins’ new stadium was christened by a pair of high school teams on Monday — Miami Christopher Columbus High met Miami Belen Jesuit. And let the record show that the first home run ever to be hit there came from a 15-year-old sophomore, Columbus catcher Brent Diaz. He pulled the homer to left in the top of the seventh, hitting it an estimated 380 feet, as Columbus went on to win 6-4.
And yes, the 75-foot, $2.5 million home run structure in right field (pictured) lurched into motion for the first time following the blast. The giant marlins rotated, the waves undulated and the flamingos flapped their wings (prediction: this will get old real fast). There were, however, no fireworks — which I guess are reserved for the Marlins. The Miami Herald:
“I tried putting a good swing on it, and sometimes you get lucky in baseball,” Diaz said. “It was surreal. I was doing a little Cody Ross hop. I just got into the moment.”
“I don’t know about all that,” Diaz said. “I didn’t notice that, I just saw the ball and hit it.”
Which is probably a good piece of advice for the Marlins. Audio here.
In case you’re wondering, the first Marlin to hit a home run in the new park was Hanley Ramirez — to right — during the Marlins’ 7-6 win over the University of Miami on Tuesday.
The first to hit the sculpture in batting practice? Another catcher: 28-year-old Luke Montz, who played last season in Double-A.
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