After a busy offseason in which Miami signed Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich to long-term deals, and also added slugger Michael Morse and speedster Dee Gordon, the Marlins are ready for action.
In the words of Buffer, the club will be "ready to rumble" or at least "Play ball!"
The offseason momentum was further fueled by an energized Spring Training. On Monday, it is time to stop talking and start playing.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as festivities get underway at 1:30 p.m. in the West Plaza. The gates open at 2. Season-ticket holders can enter at 1:30 to watch batting practice from the Skyline Terrace.
A sellout is expected, and standing-room-only tickets will go on sale the day of the game.
The on-field pregame ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. with players being recognized for their postseason awards.
As part of the pregame ceremony, there will be a ceremonial first pitch ... with a twist.
Six former Marlins All-Stars will complete the "around-the-horn" ceremonial first pitch in honor of the January announcement that Marlins Park will host the 2017 All-Star Game. Carl Pavano (2004 All-Star), Charles Johnson (1997, '01), Mike Lowell ('02-04, '07), Alex Gonzalez ('99), Luis Castillo ('02-03, '05) and Jeff Conine ('94-95) will take part in the first pitch.
Secada, a Cuban-born artist raised in Miami-Dade County, will sing the national anthem.
In addition, a flyover with two F-16's from the 482nd Fighter Wing from Homestead Air Reserve Base will take place pregame. The presentation of colors will be done by Navy and Marine Corps Honor Guard from Navy Operational Support Center Miami, and include the unveiling of a 150 x 300-foot American flag by the United States Southern Command.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.