Former Marlins starter Scott Olsen told me he spent a good part of Opening Day catching up with old friends on the home side of Dolphins Stadium.
You can tell a lot about the character of a player when he takes time out not only for his former teamates and front office staff but also for the clubhouse guys, security guards and ushers.
In fact, after the game yesterday, he told me there was one more worker he had missed that he was going to look for to say hello to before he left the ballpark.
As for facing his former team, he told me the familiarity issue works both ways.
They know him, but he’s also seen their hitters quite a bit. The key is for him to execute his pitches, especially his offspeed stuff.
Of course I’m not complaining, but the temperature is supposed to drop today in Miami. I get a kick out of it when the local weather anchors say there’s a cold front coming through and the temperature is going down from the 90’s to the 70’s.
Here’s a look at the view the players get here at the team hotel in Miami.