Marlins manager Rene Lachemann, a former Oakland Athletics coach, said he hoped his team will play "good, fundamental baseball" during the season. "Fundamentals are what win games," Lachemann commented.
The game also provided an opportunity for the sellout crowd of 42,334 to see the Marlins' new mascot, "Taffy."
"Having a ball team here is one of the greatest honors a city can have," observed Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez. "We're honored."