Miami Marlin rookie pitcher Henderson Alvarez threw a no-hitter on the last day of the regular season. The Marlins, notorious for not selling out games, have put the leftover tickets of the game up for sale.
Selling unsold tickets is not a new trick for the Miami Marlins. When Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Marlins on May 29, 2010, the team sold the unsold tickets after the fact for extra profit.
The Marlins must have liked the results of that sale, because now they’re doing again. Alvarez’s no-hitter was seen live by a crowd of 28,315. There are still a remaining 9,100 tickets up for sale on the Marlins official website.
To “be a part of Marlins history” you only need to shell out $15. Not a bad deal to pretend you were at the game.
Henderson Alvarez’s no-hitter was the sixth in Miami Marlins’ history. On an economical 99 pitches, Alvarez struck out four batters and walked one. Crazily enough, Alvarez almost had to pitch a tenth inning to officially get the no hitter.
The score was tied 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth. The bases were loaded, Brayan Pena was up, and Alvarez was due to hit next.
After the game, Alvarez said, “I was nervous and anxious. I started praying, ‘Please give us a run.’ I was hoping for a wild pitch.” A wild pitch is exactly what happened, Giancarlo Stanton came home from third, the Marlins won the ball game.
The no-hitter was a nice bright spot to end a dismal 62-100 season.
The Miami Marlins hope to improve next season, and Henderson Alvarez figures to be a part of that plan. For now, they’ll get your money where they can; by selling unsold tickets to a historic MLB event.
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