Brewers give Miller Park a Miami makeover to help Marlins feel at home
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Major League Baseball has been forced to relocate three different series over the past two weeks. The latest is taking place this weekend at Miller Park in Milwaukee after the Marlins scheduled home series was moved north.
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Like the Tampa Bay Rays were for the displaced Houston Astros, and the New York Mets were when the Rays needed a place to host the Yankees this week, the Brewers have been more than welcoming.
In fact, they went the extra mile for the weekend series, giving Miller Park a Miami makeover to help the Marlins feel a little more at home.
As we prepare for tonight's game, our thoughts are with everyone in Florida & we wish them all the best for a quick recovery. #MILatMIA pic.twitter.com/naaJxiODSx
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 15, 2017
Thank you, @Brewers, for adding some Miami flair to Miller Park. #LetsPlay pic.twitter.com/IyzqbjaMUF
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 15, 2017
That’s a nice touch by the Brewers.
Of course, not everyone was thrilled with the series being moved to Milwaukee. Especially with the Brewers being in the thick of the NL Central and wildcard races. Even though the Brewers will play all weekend as the visiting team, many saw it as three additional home games. While there may be some truth to that, it’s important to keep the circumstances in perspective.
Minimal damage to the Marlins Park roof played a part in the league’s decision. As did the continuing recovery efforts that are taking place in Miami and other parts of Florida. Obviously, the safety of the players and fans, along with the best interests of the communities directly involved are the top priority, so the decision to move the series wasn’t a difficult one.
It’s hoped the Marlins will be able to return home next week. In the meantime, it’s nice to see them welcomed so warmly in Milwaukee.
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