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Marlins fans excited for opening day in new ballpark

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A fan celebrates as he enters the stadium for Opening Day between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park on April 4, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

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Muhammad Ali, left, rides onto the field with Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria during Opening Day events.

AP reports: Commissioner Bud Selig offered a one-word review of the Miami Marlins' new ballpark. "All you can say is, `Wow,"' Selig said, His critique came 90 minutes before the first pitch of the first game Wednesday in the Marlins' season opener against the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

The surprise guest delivering the ceremonial first pitch: former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. He emerged from behind the center-field gate in a cart alongside team owner Jeffrey Loria, and when they pulled up next to the mound, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez gently took the ball from Ali's right hand.

 

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A marching band takes the field at Marlins Park on Opening Day.