JT Realmuto will play for the first time in his career against the Miami Marlins.
However, he doesn’t expect much of a revolution in Marlins Park’s stands today when he steps up to the plate.
The All-Star catcher knows it will be a quiet atmosphere.
The best hitting catcher in baseball, along with Buster Posey and Willson Contreras, who crushed two balls out of Wrigley Field today, knows Miami and the fans here.
Will he get a big ovation? Probably not.
And not because he doesn’t deserve it, because he does, but because as usual, Marlins Park will look like an empty mall (which doesn’t happen here in Miami).
“It will be just like any other at-bat. I don’t expect too much out there for me,” were Realmuto’s words before the first of the three-game series between the Marlins and Phillies.
Miami struggled a lot swinging the bats during the road trip, scoring only eight runs in six games, getting swept by the Cincinnati Reds.
But for Realmuto, life is beautiful right now. He forgot about playing for the losing Miami Marlins and is finally playing for a competitive team.
There, with Bryce Harper and company, he is having the opportunity to play in a pennant race.
Harper wanted him in Washington, as he publicly confessed, and he even whispered a couple of times in Realmuto’s ear when he was a member of the Washington Nationals.
Now, they can both be happy slugging for a city that loves baseball and supports their team.
JT Realmuto’s comeback to Little Havana will get most of the headlines, but we will come back to reality soon to realize this team had the best catcher in baseball, the best outfielders in baseball and the best pitcher in baseball at some point, and the stands were empty.
Good luck to Sandy Alcántara tonight, by the way.
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