By Sylvia Gurinsky
With fingers crossed and bats, balls, gloves and shovels at the ready, it looks like the Florida Marlins can finally get started building that new ballpark.
Yesterday, nine Miami-Dade commissioners decided to give the Marlins something they haven't had in 15 years:
They've had an insecure future in South Florida since the baseball strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series and the trust of a lot of baseball fans. Then, after the 1997 World Series win, Wayne Huizenga pulled out the rug from under the franchise with that fire sale. Despite the 2003 World Series win, the Marlins have never really gotten that trust back.
Now comes the chance to try again, if the naysayers will let the franchise do so, and if team owner Jeffrey Loria lives up to his promises.