Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday night when the Marlins open the season against the Colorado Rockies.
Marino, who passed on baseball after being selected by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round of the 1979 First-Year Player Draft, spent 17 years with the Dolphins and was recently let go by CBS after serving as a football analyst.
In addition to Marino throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, Opening Night festivities include KC from KC and the Sunshine Band singing the national anthem, a special celebrity Opening Night video and an in-game celebration honoring Henderson Alvarez’s no-hitter, the fifth in team history. A free fireworks show presented by Pepsi will follow the game.
“We are honored to welcome back Dan Marino to the site where he began his hall-of-fame professional career,” Marlins President David Samson said in a statement released by the team. “There is no better way to start a season at Marlins Park than with a pass from this South Florida sports icon.”