Most people were intrigued when the Marlins first announced an actual aquarium would be among the features at Marlins Park.
When the Marlins then added the two 450-gallon tanks would serve as the backstop behind home plate, nearly extending from dugout to dugout, intrigue turned to concern that a foul ball might puncture the tank and put the fish at risk.
The Marlins did their best to ensure us that would never happen. And until Friday night anyway, that held true. Then Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a check-swing foul ball off Arizona lefty Patrick Corbin that struck the tank squarely and actually cracked the shatter-proof safety glass that protects the fish tank.
At first everyone appeared stunned as salt water slowly leaked on to the warning track where a small pile of glass already sat. So stunned, in fact, that play nearly continued before the broken glass was swept up.
“When I looked back, there was glass all over the dirt,”
Once the area was cleaned up and it was determined no fish were in danger, the game continued. A short time later, some quick fixes were made to cover the punctured area.
The most important thing is there were no injuries to the fish or to the humans near by. We’re serious about that, though Marlins president David Samson did add some levity joking that
Nearly joining them was Fox Sports Florida reporter Craig Minervini. Later in the same game, he barely avoided injury on a hard hit foul ball off the bat of Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt.
The only thing that saved Minervini was his clipboard, which his colleagues deemed to be stronger than the aquarium’s shatter-proof glass.
It’s also now a collector’s item.
As evidenced by that photo, there was more than one close call Friday night in Miami. We’re just happy to report everyone could walk — or swim — away.
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