Marino throwing out first pitch

JUPITER, Fla. — Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino threw for 61,361 yards in his legendary career. On Monday, the South Florida sports icon will toss out the ceremonial first pitch for the Marlins on Opening Day.

Dan Marino will be throwing out the first pitch on Marlins Opening Day.

Dan Marino will be throwing out the first pitch on Marlins Opening Day.

Before Jose Fernandez takes the mound at Marlins Park to face the Rockies at 7:05 p.m. ET, Marino will take part in the pregame ceremonies.

“We are honored to welcome back Dan Marino to the site where he began his hall-of-fame professional career,” Marlins president David Samson said. “There is no better way to start a season at Marlins Park than with a pass from this South Florida sports icon.”

Marino, 52, played 17 season for the Miami Dolphins, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

In his childhood, he also was an accomplished baseball player. So much so that he was the fourth round pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1979. Marino opted to play his college football at the University of Pittsburgh.

Along with Marino, the opening day presentation will feature KC and the Sunshine Band will perform the national anthem.

Before the game, the Marlins also will pay tribute to Henderson Alvarez, who no-hit the Tigers in the 2013 season final

Post game, there will be a fireworks display.

Joe Frisaro

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