Celebrity News: Muhammad Ali at Miami Marlins’ Opening Day in Florida

Muhammad Ali with Marlins owner Jeffery Loria &#149 Mike Ehmann

Muhammad Ali with Marlins owner Jeffery Loria @Mike Ehmann

Florida Vacation Guide to Miami Marlins Opening Day

Earlier this week, the Miami Marlins opened the season at home in their new park, against the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was there making the day that much more special.

It was a first pitch like no other as moments before their first game in their brand new home, the Marlins received an unforgettable visit from Muhammad Ali aka “The Greatest of All Time.”

This surprise appearance by the iconic Ali who is battling Parkinson’s disease brought the crowd of 36,601 to their feet. “Ali, Ali!” they chanted as Ali’s cart approached the pitching mound. Though he was not physically able to throw the first pitch because of symptoms related to his disease, 70-year-old Ali managed to raise his hand briefly in acknowledgement of the crowd’s praise.

While several members of the Marlins greeted Ali and posed for photographs, he handed the ball to Hanley Ramirez.

Other celebrities at Marlins Opening Day

Other sports celebrities on hand for the festivities were Tony La Russa and Frank Thomas. Jose Feliciano sang the national anthem while playing his guitar before fighter jets flew overhead and fireworks shot into the sky.

When the Marlins’ home run sculpture made its debut, the towering statue’s flamingos, birds and marlins moved to the beat of Emilio Estefan-produced music for 30 seconds while fireworks accompanied the show.

The Outcome

Despite all of this excitement in their new park, however, the outcome of the game was disappointing. The Miami Marlins lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. The final score was 4-1.

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