President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill before Monday's opener spoke of a philosophical shift. His first Marlins' team wasn't going to be comprised of talented kids left to sink or swim on their own as in years past. Hill and his lieutenants infused the young corps with a handful of well-traveled veterans.

The resulting concoction – in game one of 162 at least – was divine.

Reigning National League Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez allowed a run and struck out nine over six innings. Fellow youngster Marcell Ozuna homered as part of a three-hit game. Casey McGehee, one of those character-rich veterans blended into the mix, ripped two doubles and knocked in four.

It all amounted to a 10-1 thumping of the Colorado Rockies in front of the largest crowd ever at Marlins Park (37,106). The Marlins totaled 14 hits, six of which went for extra bases.

"If you could pick out a game to start the season, that would be the way to do it," McGehee said. "Now the trick is we have to enjoy this one for a little bit and come [Tuesday] with the same focus and intensity."