MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In the aftermath of the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, the Miami Marlins, Major League Baseball and other organizations have rallied around the school, its students, and its baseball team.
Wednesday night, the MSD Eagles varsity baseball team took on Coral Springs High at Marlins Park in a district game.
“They’re pretty starry-eyed,” said MSD Baseball coach Christopher T. Fitz-Gerald. “It’s not very often you get to play on a big league field. Enjoy the opportunity, take it all in and let it all hang out.”
As for the emotions of the evening, Fitz-Gerald says its just “another game.”
“We’re 11 games into the season, we’re here to play a district baseball game,” he said. “We’re gonna do everything we can to try and win the game.”
The students all received big league treatment.
From using the real MLB locker rooms, including the one belonging to the Miami Marlins, to having their photos displayed on the big screen high above the playing field.
It was a special night for all involved, which include more than just the student-athletes.
“My daughter is having a lifetime experience in a Major League park,” said parent Karen Howard. “My daughter is the student trainer. She was quite excited.”
The Marlins organization wanted to do something special for the kids.
Last week, the Marlins also joined the Cubs in honoring Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, families and faculty.
Cubs’ player Anthony Rizzo is a Parkland native and school alum and ahead of Friday night’s game, he met with students, victims, and loved ones of those who perished as special guests of the Anthony Rizzo Foundation and the Miami Marlins.
Rizzo’s Foundation also donated $305-thousand to the Stoneman Douglas cause.
Last month, the Eagles’ baseball and softball teams were invited to Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, where the Marlins held spring training.
“It’s been rough but support of teammates, family; it is all coming together making it worthwhile,” said Brittany Swanson.
As for the MSD baseball team, they completed the dream experience with a big win, 9-4 over their biggest rival.
It was a big league victory in a game where there were no losers.
Douglas remains unbeaten in District 11-9A at 4-0 and is 8-3 overall, now riding a seven-game win streak.