Marlins Park has had international flavor

Marlins Park has had international flavor

MIAMI -- Horns blowing and drums beating in the stands have given Marlins Park an international feel this week.

The spirit inside the building, in fact, reminded Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez of San Juan.

Rodriguez spoke to Dominican Republic manager Tony Pena about the atmosphere.

"I was talking with Tony Pena and the other players from the Dominican," Rodriguez said. "It did feel like we were back in San Juan again, playing that first round."

The passion and emotion in an international event is a bit different than a regular big league game.

"I think the Latin Americans and Hispanic culture is more involved," Rodriguez said. "More noisy places, more music, they're more involved emotionally in the game. They transfer that to the game.

"In the United States, Americans are little more under control, if you can call it that. They kind of control themselves a little bit more."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter