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MLB Weekend at Marlins Stadium

Weekend at Marlins Stadium

MLB Weekend at Marlins Stadium. First of all, I haven’t been to an MLB game in years, since 2010. However, on the weekend of April 16-18, all of that changed. 2021 Opening Day Jazz. As this news came out, the local fans started setting which games they were going to watch Him play. There was only one set of games on my mind, and even though it was short notice, I put the idea in my wife’s mind. (April 16-18). 

Antoan vs. Jazz, Giants at the Marlins: 

First of all, this game was history in the making, and I would not miss it. In short, a 1st base coach and 2nd baseman, two players I coach, and saw grew to where they are today. Now I must go to see Jazz play for the first time as a professional at any level. Also, for the first time watching Coach Antoan in live-action. However, I made a few road trips to watch him in the minors.  

Antoan & Jazz, at Miami Marlins Loan Depot Stadium:
MLB Weekend at Marlins Stadium

What a sight Giants 1st base coach Antoan Richardson & Marlins 2nd baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr photo from Antoan via 10th Year Senior

First, this stadium is less than a 10-minute ride from the airport (no traffic), and Miami is a 30-minute plane ride for us. Pack those bags, wifey; it is time to go to watch Jazz & Antoan. Miami is like a second home for most of us, so finding our way around was no problem. However, at the first game, I discovered that I had no tickets, I paid for them, but they were not in my MLB ticket app. Are well, we must watch this one from the hotel. Driving to my hotel, my cell phone rings; hey, are you at the game? No! I replied, well, Jazz just hit a home run, sigh (why did I answer this phone), that news made the drive a little longer to the hotel. 

MLB Weekend at Marlins Stadium:

Oh yes, day two-weekend, I made sure my tickets were in my app on my phone; yes, I kept checking my phone app. Yes, it is game time, and the focus for me was at two positions: first base coaches’ box for the Giants and second base for the marlins. 

Up comes Jasrado Jazz Chisholm Jr. As the fans start to cheer, and my camera in hand, I could not help taking a photo of the video scoreboard. 

MLB Weekend at Marlins Stadium

Jasrado Chisholm Jr, Nassau Bahamas. 242 to the World.

In addition to this photo, there was more action on the video scoreboard that brought smiles to my face; the kid has blue hair, and the fans loved it. However, I looked towards the Giants’ dugout to see what Antoan was doing, and he is positioning the outfielders; that was so cool because we knew Flash (Antoan) could run down the baseball out there.  

Game Three/Our Game Two: 

As a result of no tickets for the first game, game three was a game two for me in the stadium. Thanks to Brian Ambi, we had better seats for this game; he knows how to work magic. Lol. With a 7:30 pm flight to catch and no Covid test results, there was a possibility we were not leaving Miami on Sunday. 

By the way, I am here to watch my kids play, so no time to watch the clock, just the game—what a great atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon. Coaches and their kids at the game, I saw team Royals, team Cubs, team Rays, and team Orioles heading into the game; this is something I always loved about coaching. 

Feeling Proud:

Don’t get me wrong about my kids. For the most part, I adopted all the Bahamas players as my own. Hence watching Jazz & Antoan in action was a feel-good moment for me; I may be the only person from the Islands to watch or listen to their first minor league game.

Act Two San Francisco:

MLB Weekend at Marlins Stadium

Antoan & Jasrado greeting each other. photo from Antoan via 10th Year Senior

A week later, they are at it again, this time in Giants Stadium, which is too far from home. In conclusion, I will watch Jazz grow in the game at the MLB level along with Antoan. In short, now that they are on the big stage, I must continue to write about our other Legends on Deck in the minors.  

Hence, minor league baseball is about to start, and I will have plenty of kids to write about and introduce them to the baseball world. Stay tuned, 242 to the World. To God be the Glory. 

Jeff Francis
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