Has it been 25 years?
Yes it has.
Time flies when are having fun, the team changes its name, new baseball stadium and players come in and out rapidly.
Well for three days June 8-10 it will feel like nothing has changed for the Florida Marlins who are now the Miami Marlins.
The organization is bringing back the teal, the original trademark color, back for a weekend long celebration as part of the season long celebration of the 25th anniversary of its first season.
Current players will be wearing throwback teal pinstripe uniforms during a three-game series against the Padres that begins Friday night. They will also welcome back 25 former players, including Jeff “Mr. Marlin” Conine, Livan Hernandez, Mike Lowell and Edgar Renteria.
The Marlins will continue to wear a specially designed patched that was unveiled earlier in the year at Marlins Park during an event with season-ticket holders, on their uniforms for every game.
“1997 I was too young to remember,” center fielder Lewis Brinson said. “2003, I was defiantly a fan of that team, that’s when I really started loving the Marlins growing up.”
Other may not remember also, however Marlins fans want the teal back. It is a large part of the team’s history that fans want to continue the team’s existence.
Marlins Park will also turn back the clock on pricing that weekend, with $4 Vista Level tickets for all three games – the same price as an adult general admission ticket for Opening Day in 1993.
It is all part of the Marlins being hopeful the 25th anniversary will help reconnect with fans who have been disenchanted by years of losing, low payrolls and controversial trades of popular players.
Brinson, a Coral Springs High graduate, is the top prospect picked up by the Marlins when they traded Chritian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The hometown kid is excited ownership is putting it all together.
“It is going to be surreal for me putting on that uniform,” Brinson added. “I already did the photo shoot felt so good to put the uniform on, it looked great.”
In addition, there will be a fireworks show following the June 8 game and historical artifacts on display in the ballpark throughout the weekend.
The club could benefit from a bit of nostalgia to boost attendance, which is currently last in Major League Baseball with an average of 11,225.
Good news is the teal is one focal point of what the Marlins have planned marketing wise for their 26th season. The Florida Marlins went 64-98 their inaugural season.