Ground is broken at Marlins stadium site

  • A throng of Florida Marlins supporters nearly blocks the view of the first dirt shoveling during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Yanet Labrada, left; husband Enrique Vera; their children Ryan Vera, 5; and Matthew Vera, 4; and Enrique's mom Nelsa Grillo set out for bleacher seats to watch the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. The family lives in Hialeah Gardens. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A Florida Marlins fan shows his support of the sport during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Charlie Hough, left; and Benito Santiago acknowledge cheering fans Saturday at the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony. Hough threw the ceremonial first pitch. Santiago, the franchise's first "battery," caught it. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida Marlins fans sport an assortment of Marlins hats and shirts during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida Marlins fans show their team spirit during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Evan Scheck, 5, of North Miami Beach, goes high to catch a pitch from his dad, Steven Scheck, at the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. "He's loved baseball since birth," Steven Scheck. "He goes to all the games." MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This is the view of the field at which the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony was Saturday. Dignitaries speaking at the ceremony, open to fans, likened the site to a field of dreams that will become reality on Opening Day 2012. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, center; and a host of dignitaries -- including baseball bigwigs and other Miami-Dade County and City of Miami dignitaries -- raise their shovels at the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony. The event was Saturday at the future stadium's site, 1501 NW Third St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida Marlins President David Samson, center left; shares an animated talk with Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. ("Bud") Selig, center right, during the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday. Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess is at left; Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is at right. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Charlie Hough throws the ceremonial first pitch, to be caught by Benito Santiago, the first "battery" in baseball history, on Saturday at the Florida Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Ceremony. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF