ESPN announced their schedule for the first couple of days of the MLB season, and the first game they'll be broadcasting is one featuring a pair of teams who spent a lot of time in the headlines this winter: the St Louis Cardinals in Miami to take on the shiny new Marlins.
St Louis won the World Series last October, dispatching the Texas Rangers in seven games in one of the most thrilling Fall Classics ever. They added slugger Carlos Beltran to their team this offseason, and lost a franchise legend in Albert Pujols, who signed with the Los Angeles Angels last month. The Marlins on the other hand, are opening their brand spanking new park in Miami and have completely rebranded their team with a new logo and new uniforms, a new manager in Ozzie Guillen, and a bunch of new players, highlighted by Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, Mark Buerhle, and Carlos Zambrano. ESPN has to be hoping that the new park is jammed, and we don't get a repeat of last August in Miami.
If you're interested in ESPN's other telecasts during Opening Week, here they are.
April 4th, 7:00 PM: Cardinals @ Marlins
April 5th, 1:00 PM: Red Sox @ Tigers
April 5th, 4:00 PM: Marlins @ Reds
April 6th, 7:00 PM: Giants @ Diamondbacks
April 6th, 10:00 PM: Royals @ Angels
Two Marlins games. Man, this team is going to have a lot of pressure on it this season. All of the above games are on ESPN2, with the exception of the opener between the Cardinals & Marlins.