Welcome to The Fightin’ Fish, a blog created thanks to the passion and love for the Miami Marlins by Alex Ferrer and Derek Gordon. We have been through everything together, from the best of times, and of course, the worst of times. We met thanks to our parents, who have been friends since our existence.   We both were born and grew up in the city of Cape Coral, Florida. Through our years, we find ourselves watching and following the Marlins intently and passionately. Our first Significant Marlins game at Pro Player Stadium in the middle of a historic Game 7. It was Game 7 of the 1997 World Series; the Florida Marlins taking on the Cleveland Indians in Miami. 11 long innings went by until Edgar Renteria smacked a game-winning single past Charles Nagy, as Craig Counsell threw his arms in the air and rejoiced with the 70,000 plus fans in attendance.   We both would later head off to see several of the 2003 Playoff games, including the famous game-saving play where catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez would hold onto the ball in a collision at home plate against the San Fransisco Giants’ J.T. Snow. My friend Derek went on to see Game 5 of the ’03 World Series, which led to Game 6, where the Marlins beat the New York Yankees with the Fish’s second Wild Card berthed World Series win.   In the late 2000′s, we would split apart from our Cape Coral, Florida homes. I would move on to Phoenix, Arizona, luckily nearby the Arizona Diamondbacks and Spring Training teams, and Derek would move to Indiana, moving to two different cities in two years, where he could enjoy several Midwestern teams within a few hours. Derek currently resides in Avon, Indiana, just on the edge of western Indianapolis. Both he and I have enjoyed baseball throughout our lives, and continue to enjoy it to this day. These days we follow the Marlins more than ever with their star players, and rising superstars. Moving states cannot and will not change the fact that we are Marlin fans at heart and always will be.   – Alex Ferrer (Contact)
 

2012:

A new generation starts in 2012 for the Marlins, as they transition from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins, and move into Marlins Park, their state-of-the-art retractable roof stadium in the Little Havana section of Miami, FL. We will always fondly remember the days of the teal, silver, and black. But a new chapter begins.   Meet some new names: shortstop Jose Reyes, closer Heath Bell, starter Mark Buehrle, and starter Carlos Zambrano– just to name a few. Oh, and this new manager Ozzie Guillen. You may have heard of him. And don't forget the returning names: now-third baseman superstar Hanley Ramirez, ace Josh Johnson, 22-year-old stud Mike Stanton, "Twittaholic" Logan Morrison, the speedy Emilio Bonifacio, all-star Gaby Sanchez, second baseman Omar Infante, catcher John Buck, and pitchers Ricky Nolasco, and Anibal Sanchez. Oh, and who could forget the former Leo Nunez– now Juan Carlos Oviedo? Some new faces, some familiar. The re-branding is set to bring more than what we could ever expect…

  – Derek Gordon (Contact)    

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