By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
It’s here. Major League Baseball Opening Day is upon us, and even though the season is a few games in, there’s nothing that can diminish the excitement of the true start of the season.
The Miami Marlins, parent club of the Jacksonville Suns, begin their season at home at Marlins Park by facing the Colorado Rockies at 7:05 p.m. 2013 National League Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez will make his first-ever Opening Day start for the Marlins against Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa.
While excitement is in the air for the beginning of the MLB season, there is also growing enthusiasm for the start of Minor League Baseball and the Jacksonville Suns.
The Marlins minor league Spring Training ended on Saturday, and already most players and coaches have made their way to the First Coast.
The Suns will work out in closed practices at Bragan Field on Monday and Tuesday, along with a Wednesday afternoon practice that will be open to media only.
Wednesday will be a busy night, with a Suns Kickoff Party at the Jacksonville Landing courtyard at 7 p.m. This event will give fans a chance to meet the players and enjoy Opening Day Eve.
And then Thursday? Baseball returns to Jacksonville.
Here are today’s #MorningSuns links, enjoy MLB Opening Day!
The Florida Times-Union:Pitchers are expected to shine for the Jacksonville Suns this season
Marlins.com:Opener offers fresh outlook for Marlins, Rockies
Marlins.com: Fernandez: Opening Day start ‘means everything’
Miami Herald: Miami Marlins change it up, hope for more wins and larger crowds in 2014
MLB.com: Play ball! Opening Day finally arrives
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Opening Day primer: 30 things you need to know after baseball’s busy offseason
The New York Times: A Season Opens. But Who Closes?