A breakout star in the making!
11 – August 25th – Cosart Stifles the Angels – Newly acquired Houston Astros pitcher, Jarred Cosart, gave up only one run when he kicked off the Angels series in Anaheim. Jarred left the mound with an impressive pitching line: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER.
Manager Redmond had nothing but great things to say for his second-year, starting pitcher: “The first couple of innings, you could just see it in his face, he was focused… He was ahead of every single guy. It was impressive and fun to watch. You could tell he was on a mission.”
Cosart was a solid addition to the Marlins rotation– keep an eye on this one in 2015.
Game 4 of the ALCS in Kansas City. A sea of royal and powder blue as far as the eye can see in Kauffman Stadium… except, who is that man in Marlins Red-Orange?
He has been everywhere! From World Series games, the Super Bowl, to the NBA Finals, he makes his presence known with his (awesome) Marlins jacket and visor.
On Cloud Conine is here to unveil the mystery and answer the burning questions on Twitter about this so-called “#MarlinsMan” sitting front row behind home plate at the ALCS.
Glad you ask! Here are four must-know facts about the #MarlinsMan…
3 – He Has a Marlins-mobile! – He owns a pretty sweet custom-designed Marlins car!
2 – He LOVES Baseball – He has been traveling the country for over 15 years attending major sporting events, but his true passion is baseball.
1 – He Pays it Forward – Laurence keeps a promise from his grandfather to always pay it forward, to give back to those around you. On top of the regular season tickets that Laurence has for himself and his guests, he has another set of incredible seats open for families coming to the game. Laurence will stand outside of Marlins Park before first pitch to pass out his tickets to give to families, as a way to give back to the Marlins community.
This #MarlinsMan is doing big things and hopes you will join him in continuing to build the #MarlinFamily– we are everywhere! With a variety of cool ways to join the #MarlinFamily as a Season Ticket Holder, it’s only a matter of time before we’re all in our Marlins Red-Orange jerseys together in 2015!
So keep your eyes on the TV during the World Series. We guarantee you that yesterday won’t be the last time you’ll see #MarlinsMan representing your Marlins behind home plate watching America’s pastime.
Let’s just say, this isn’t #MarlinsMan’s first rodeo in attending championship series games.
This season, there was no shortage of amazing moments and times for celebration (hey, remember those 11 walk-off wins?!).
But what about times to laugh? Let’s take a look at the 21 funniest moments from the 2014 season, these are not to be forgotten!
21- The Henderson dance – Because what other dance moves would you break out if your teammate hit a 510-foot moonshot at the HR Derby?
20 – The Worm – This will never go out of style.
19 – A Pile of Sea Creatures – Self explanatory.
18 – The First Pitch – Every Henderson first pitch wind up, without fail.
17 – Darth vs. Julio – Looks like Julio can’t survive the use of the Force.
16 – She Said Yes – The natural reaction to your girlfriend saying yes.
15 – Julio vs. Spike – Poor Julio, again.
14 – Ready, Set, Go! – They almost got it right.
13 – Can You Spot Conine? – Photobomb!
12 – Angel Down! – So graceful.
11 – Posterized! - Tom Koehler ambush dunks on Salty in the dugout.
10 – Mascots Elevator Ride – Looks like the start of a joke…
8 – The Best Game of Tug-of-War – Mascots vs. Mascots
7 – How Do You React to an Eephus Pitch? – Just like this.
6 – How Do You React to a Giancarlo Home Run? – Looks about right.
5 – Flex Those Muscles – Don’t mess with these guns on #MarlinsSocial.
3- The Best Dad of the Year – Balancing his son and catching a foul ball all at once? You the real MVP.
2- Billy vs. Julio – Billy, what have you done?!
1 – Handshake of the Year – Can you top Marcell Ozuna and Brett Butler?
Did we leave any out?
There is no doubt that there’s plenty to look forward to in 2015 from your #FightinFish. The 2014 Miami Marlins (77-85) made significant strides, becoming just the third National League team since 1969 to win 77-or-more games after losing 100-or-more in the previous season.
Starting today, on each Monday, On Cloud Conine will countdown the top 12 moments of the Marlins’ 2014 season – come take a walk down memory lane with us!
12 – September 8th-11th – Four in a Row for Ozo! - Although the Marlins’ four-game series in Milwaukee was overshadowed by Giancarlo Stanton’s season-ending injury, Marcell Ozuna put an exclamation point on a breakout season, homering in each of the four contests. In 2014, Ozuna emerged as a big power hitter, finishing the season with 23 home runs. This has truly been a breakout year for this center fielder, and given his success with his bat and glove, he will be a force to reckon with offensively and defensively in 2015.
On Tuesday, Josh Beckett announced his retirement from baseball.
Forever one of the greatest to play for the Fish, here are a few of his best moments as a Florida Marlin. #FarewellJosh
“We Just Might Be Stupid Enough To Win This Thing.”
2003 NLDS -Marlins @ Giants – Game 1 – Pacific Bell Park
7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 9 SO
Entering the 2003 Postseason, the wild card-winning Florida Marlins were deemed major underdogs in the Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.
When asked about his team’s youth, Josh Beckett famously said, “With inexperience comes stupidity and we might just be stupid enough to win this thing.”
Despite, the Giants winning Game 1 by a score of 2-0, 23-year-old, Josh Beckett set the tone, going toe-to-toe with Giants’ ace Jason Schmidt.
Backs Against The Wall
2003 NLCS – Cubs @ Marlins – Game 5 – Pro Player Stadium
9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB 11 SO
Down 3 games to 1 and in front of a huge crowd of South Floridians, Beckett staved the Marlins off from elimination. The complete game was the first of Beckett’s Major League career, spanning 51 starts.
Beckett baffled the Cubs, tying the NLCS record for fewest hits allowed in a complete game.
Win Or Go Home
2003 NLCS – Marlins @ Cubs – Game 7 – Wrigley Field
4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
In a win-or-go-home Game 7, Beckett came out of the bullpen to throw four innings of one-run baseball.
Beckett’s heroic relief appearance, stifled the Cubs while the Marlins bats came alive along the way to a decisive 9-6 victory.
2003 World Series – Marlins @ Yankees – Game 6 – Yankee Stadium
9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 S0
In what remains one of the greatest postseason pitching performances of all-time, Josh Beckett shutout the New York Yankees in New York clinching an improbable championship for the Florida Marlins.
Despite pitching on three days’ rest, Beckett was masterful.
After the game Marlins manager, Jack McKeon famously quipped, “Who is going to (ask) the first question about if Beckett can pitch on three days’ rest? I guess you will believe me now anything can happen.”
Josh Opens 2004 In Style
Opening Day 2004 – Expos @ Marlins – Pro Player Stadium
7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO
In front of a massive South Florida crowd of 55,315, Beckett picked up right where he left off, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. The defending champion Florida Marlins defeated their division rival, Montreal Expos by a score of 4-3.
New York, New York
August 31st, 2004 -Marlins @ Mets – Shea Stadium
9.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Beckett went the distance in the regular season for the first time in his career (and third time overall) during a 5-0 shutout of the New York Mets.
When asked about his success pitching in New York against both the Yankees and the Mets, Becket stated, “Maybe I’m more comfortable here, I don’t know. I was just going to go at ‘em today,”
The Beginning Of The End
April 10th, 2005 – Nationals @ Marlins – Pro Player Stadium
9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER. 11 SO
In what remains one of the best starts of his career, Beckett baffled the Washington Nationals, continuing the strong start of what would be his final season with the Florida Marlins.
Congratulations on an incredible career! You will be missed.
#Stanton4MVP! #Hech4GG! #McGehee4GG!
There’s a lot of Marlins that have a very strong case for 2014 hardware. Let’s examine…
Giancarlo Stanton | National League Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger
This September, #Stanton4MVP signs have taken over Marlins Park, and for good reason.
— Dori (Mrlns Spr Fan) (@DoriMarlin) September 19, 2014
Despite having not played since Thursday, September 11th, Giancarlo still finished among the National League leader in nearly every offensive categories:
- 1st – Home runs – 37
- 2nd – Walks – 94
- 1st – Slugging – .555
- 2nd – On Bases + Slugging (OPS) – .950
- 1st – Total Bases – 299
- T-1st – Extra Base Hits – 69
- 2nd – RBI – 105
- 2nd – OBP – .395
Truly an MVP-caliber season from our right fielder who provided clutch hitting night-after-night…
Giancarlo also started at DH for the NL in the All-Star Game and was the star of the Home Run Derby thanks to tape-measure shots such as this one:
Here’s a standard reaction to Giancarlo’s season:
Despite missing the last few weeks of the season, Giancarlo was a force this season and a major reason for the Marlins’ massive improvement from 2013 to 2014.
Marcell Ozuna | Gold Glove
- Tie-2nd – Outfield Assists – 10
- 3rd – Total Chances – 371
- 3rd – Putouts – 356
Not a household name to begin the year, Marcell had a breakout season thanks to powerful hitting (23 home runs), stellar defensive range (.985 fielding percentage) and a cannon for an arm:
Marcell finished the season with eight assists. None bigger than this game-ending throw to home plate, preserving a Marlins win:
The legend of Marcell Ozuna’s arm grows: http://t.co/pVxANvYUe4
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) June 21, 2014
Yes, that’s a walk-off, throw-off. An incredible season from a second-year player
Adeiny Hechavarria | Gold Glove
Among National League shortstops:
- 1st – Total Chances – 652
- 3rd – Assists – 417
- 4th – Putouts – 200
- 3rd – Double Plays – 87
Hechavarria shows me everyday why WAR and all these #s are garbage. Best defensive shortstop I’ve seen period. Fish fight on 2morrow
— Jarred Cosart (@JarredCosart) August 24, 2014
Although the metrics didn’t always show it, Adeiny had a Hech of a season (see what I did there?). Dubbed #HechOfAPlay, Adeiny highlights were frequent yet always entertaining in 2014:
In 2014, Adeiny established himself as one of the premier defenders in the Majors.
Casey McGehee | Gold Glove, Comeback Player of the Year
- Reached base safely in 31 straight games (June 4th – July 7th), tied for the 5th-longest in the NL this season
- 75 RBI ranks 1st among all NL third baseman
- 177 hits ranks 4th in the NL
- 49 multi-hit games tied for 6th in the NL, tied for 1st among NL third baseman
- 1st among Major League third baseman in innings played - 1409.2 IP
- 2nd among Major League third baseman, 1st in the NL for fielding percentage – .979
- 3rd in the Majors, 1st in the NL for Double Plays - 34
One year removed from playing for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League, Casey reemerged as a middle-of-the-order, Gold Glove-caliber player. Nicknamed #HitsMcGehee, for his timely (and frequent) hitting, Casey’s return to the Majors was one of the best stories of the 2014 season.
Steve Cishek | Delivery Man of the Year
- T-6th-best save percentage in the National League – (39-of-43)
- T-8th in Saves – 39
- Became the third pitcher in Club history with back-to-back 30+ Save seasons on August 11th vs. St. Louis
- Co-NL Player of the Week July 21st – 27th – 1.80 ERA, 5 Saves in 5 Games
The 9th inning this season was on lock-down thanks to a superb effort by second-year closer, Steve Cishek. Thanks to a new career high for saves (39), there was no better time this season, then #CishekTime.
Mike Redmond | National League Manager of the Year
One season removed from an 100 loss season, Manager Mike Redmond had a young Miami Marlins team playing competitive, meaningful baseball from start to finish.
On September 23rd, the 2014 Miami Marlins became only the fourth National League team since 1969 to win 75-or-more games after losing 100-or-more in the previous season.
An amazing turnaround for a talented team only getting better under Redmond’s tutelage.
The 12th and final homestand of the 2014 regular season is upon us.
Four games against the Nationals and three games against the Phillies, here are the 11 best reasons why you should be at Marlins Park this week:
11 – Food, Food and More Food – This is your last chance this season to try the visiting team food items from division rivals, the Nationals and the Phillies. Take a bite out of the Half-Smoked Sausage (Kielbasa topped with chili, diced onions and mustard) when we play the Nats, and the Cheese Steak Dog (foot long hot dog topped with shaved steak, cheese sauce and peppers & onions) when the Phillies are here Tuesday-Thursday. You can find these items at Burger 305, Section 13!
10 – The Happiest of Hours – Beat the traffic and arrive early to Marlins Park for Happy Hour at the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar, where $4 domestic draft beers are served from 5:30 – 6:30pm!
9 – Last Call for Diamond Dash – The Sunday post-game run around the bases tradition continues for kids 12 & under! Line up at the bottom of the 1st Base Helix Ramp at the top of the 8th inning.
8 – Special Events for Everyone – With Water Safety Awareness Night on September 18th, Alopecia Areata Awareness Night and Feeding South Florida Charity Partner Day on September 19th, Cuban American CPA Association night on September 24th, and the Clevelander Customer Appreciation Party on September 25th, there’s something for everyone to be a part of at Marlins Park! Learn more at marlins.com/specialevents.
7 – Selfies & Autographs – Last chance to stop by the New Era Team Store for Marlins player autographs! Be sure to line up by 6pm sharp on Friday and Saturday on the West Plaza to see which player stops by! Prefer an afternoon game? Line up at Section 28 at noon sharp on Family Sunday for #SelfieSunday!
6 – Shop ’til you Drop – Speaking of the New Era Team Store, Tuesday, September 23rd marks the beginning of the End of Season Sales! Stock your closet with all your favorite Marlins gear from this past season!
5 – Party with Palo at the Clevelander – The fun doesn’t stop after the last out of Saturday’s game vs. the Nats! Head straight to the Clevelander and enjoy live music with Afro-Cuban Funk Band, Palo!
4 – Final Fireworks Friday – Sit back and relax following last pitch on Friday vs. the Nats– you won’t want to miss the Fireworks Friday show! Hint: The best views are from behind home plate and you’re free to move seats after the game is over.
3 – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night – Bring your instruments and join us for our Hispanic Heritage Night celebration on September 20th! Festivities begin at 5:30 pm on the West Plaza before the Fish take on the Nats at 7:10pm. Those who purchase the special events ticket take home a “Los Marlins” t-shirt! Buy the special ticket pack here: marlins.com/hispanic.
2 – #JoseBobble – There are 12,000 José Fernandez bobbleheads waiting to come home with our #MarlinFamily on Sunday, September 21st! We cannot emphasize this enough – ARRIVE EARLY to Marlins Park – these bobbleheads will go by fast! Get your Family Sunday ticket at marlins.com/promotions.
1 – This is it – The final game of the 2014 regular season is on Thursday, September 25th against the Phillies at 4:10pm! The 5th no-hitter in Marlins history closed out the 2013 season, what will happen during this game? Take a half day at work and join us at Marlins Park, where all fans will take home the 2015 Miami Marlins Magnetic Schedule! Get your ticket at marlins.com/promotions.
See you at Marlins Park, #MarlinFamily!
One of our very first posts on On Cloud Conine featured Muscle Boy, the young Marlins fan who flexed his way into our hearts with his (nonexistent) muscles and his intense facial expressions every time the stadium cameras turned to him between innings (Missed this post? Read it here).
Ryan Kurlander aka “Muscle Boy” flexed his muscles with all his might in front of thousands of Marlins fans to the song “Macho Man” during pitching switches at Sun Life Stadium back in the day.
Well, Muscle Boy came back! And this time to Marlins Park, where he had the opportunity to meet famed Fox Sports Florida broadcaster, Tommy Hutton! Take a look:
Does the name Ricky Ubeda sound familiar to you?
It should! Here is a little refresher: Last week, Ricky was crowned the champion of the 11th season of So You Think You Can Dance (also known as #SYTYCD on the site called Twitter)!
Within a day of showering in confetti and hugging SYTYCD host, Cat Deeley, in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, this Miami native and 2014 Coral Reef High School graduate received a phone call from the Marlins asking if he would be available to throw the first pitch for Sunday’s game vs. the Braves.
How does this make Ricky come full circle? Ricky was a member of the Marlins Minnows, a dance group that consisted of kids from ages 8-13 years old who performed hip-hop and jazz dances in front of the crowds at Florida Marlins games on Sundays, from 2008-2009.
Even better? Apparently Ricky wore the same T-shirt in the photo above underneath his new Marlins jersey!
“It’s totally super cool! It was many moons ago that I was a Minnow. It feels like just yesterday I was dancing on the field. I never thought I’d be throwing out the first pitch. It’s crazy being back here like that,” Ricky said on Fox Sports Florida.
Congratulations on the big SYTYCD win, Ricky! And you threw an excellent first pitch– way to represent the 305!