Blog #46 (Bruce Aven)

By Richard J. Decker on February 20, 2013 7:00 AM

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

This Opening Day memory is from right handed hitting reserve outfielder Bruce Aven, who I bet is unknown to almost all of you readers. I did promise when I embarked on this blog that I would provide a cross section of player memories from the superstar to the relatively unknown. Bruce played in the big leagues for parts of 6 seasons, beginning and ending his career respectively in 1997 and 2002 with the Cleveland Indians and playing for the Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers in between. In 609 career at bats, he hit a respectable .273 with 20 home runs and 103 RBIs. A very respectable season, although he did it in parts of 6. Here is his Opening Day memory.

Aven.jpg"The Opening Day I remember is 1999 with the Marlins. It was pretty special because, not only was it my first Opening Day, I flew my mother in and my wife was there, so it was almost like a family thing--pretty special. You never know how long you're going to play this game and how many Opening Days you will get to experience. You prepare all spring training to play that first game and the fans also have been waiting all winter, so its pretty exciting and very emotional. We played the Mets, and there are so many New York fans down in Miami, so it was kind of weird on our Opening Day that half of the stadium was rooting for the Mets."

For those interested, the Marlins beat the Mets 6-2. Bruce didn't get in the game. Richie