This Is It

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!

Miami Marlins Marlins Park

 

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!

Clevelander at Marlins Park Miami Marlins

 

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.

Miami Marlins Hispanic Heritage Night

 

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.

 

Miami Marlins Marlins Park

 

See you at Marlins Park, #MarlinFamily!

 

Muscle Boy and Tommy Hutton Worlds Collide

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).

muscle boy Florida Marlins

 

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.

Muscle Boy Florida Marlins

 

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:

Video: http://m.mlb.com/video/v35901819/nymmia-muscle-boy-returns-to-marlins-game

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Winner is a Former Marlin

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)!

SYTYCD Ricky Ubeda Miami

 

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.

Ricky Ubeda So You Think You Can Dance Miami Marlins

 

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.

rick ubeda so you think you can dance

 

Congratulations on the big SYTYCD win, Ricky! And you threw an excellent first pitch– way to represent the 305!

 

UPDATE: A Surprise For Julio The Octopus’s Biggest Fan

You might remember little 4 1/2 year old Jack, the famous – and adorable – Julio The Octopus Campaigner.

Julio the Octopus Marlins Park

 

Jack is Julio The Octopus’s biggest fan. And we mean BIGGEST. Watch here:

 

Jack and his dad attended a Marlins game during the last homestand and after the Great Sea Race, Jack was given a special surprise to help ease the pain of Julio losing…again. Watch here:

 

Your kids could get the chance to take home their own Julio The Octopus this upcoming Family Sunday, September 7th!

Julio the Octopus Marlins Park Sea Creatures

 

Get to Marlins Park early on Family Sunday as the first 5,000 kids ages 12 & under get to be as happy as Jack and take home their very own Julio plush doll! #GoJulioGo!

Marlins Park Julio The Octopus

 

#TBT: Which Marlins Player has an Awkward Family Photo?

When you think of Awkward Family Photos, you probably think of http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/, yes? Yes.

Browsing through all of the hilarious poses, outfits and forced smiles of these family photos, you laugh it off because you know that no one you know could ever possibly be a part of this.

Wrong.

Enter: Steve Cishek and Tom Koehler.

Awkward Family Photo Ed Lucas Miami Marlins

 

Sweet t-shirts, guys! But…whose family is on them? (Cue drumroll.)

Ed Lucas Miami Marlins

 

Ladies and gents, that is none other than your Miami Marlins Infielder and Utility Player, Ed Lucas!

Marlins Ed Lucas

 

Ahh the power of the internet. Bet Ed didn’t think this photo would be resurfacing any time soon! But thanks to prankster teammates Steve and Tom, we can all enjoy the awkwardness.

30 games left. 5 games out. #FightOn at Marlins Park

TGIF!

The #FightinFish will be back at Marlins Park to kick off the final 13 home games of the regular season on Monday! #WhyNotUs

As if that wasn’t enough excitement, try to contain yourself around these 12 must-sees and dos next week!

12 – Labor Day Afternoon Baseball – Who needs crowded beaches and BBQs when you can kick back and cool off at Marlins Park with some #MPEats!? (Speaking of #MPEats – try the Reuban Dog. You’ll thank us later.) Your Marlins take on the Mets at 1:10pm.

11 – First Responders Appreciation Night –  Honor those that save lives! Join us for this special event to recognize our community’s fire, police, EMT and first responder personnel at our annual First Responders Appreciation Night on Wednesday, September 3rd.  This special event package includes a discounted baseline reserved seat and a special edition First Responders Appreciation Night duffel bag! Learn more at marlins.com/specialevents.

 

10 –  It’s All About the Grub – This is your last chance this season to try the visiting team food items from division rivals, the Mets and the Braves. Chow down on the Reuben Dog (topped with shaved pastrami, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and shredded jack cheese) when we play the Mets, and the Hotlanda Dog (topped with BBQ pulled pork, mustard coleslaw and fried pickles) when the Braves are in town. These items are located at Burger 305, Section 13!

9 – Autograph Sessions Friday and Saturday – How many Marlins player autographs have you accumulated this season? Add more by attending the Marlins Autograph Sessions on Friday and Saturday! Stand in line outside of the New Era Team Store by 6pm sharp to see which Marlins player will stop by!

 

8 – But first, let me take a #Selfie - Family Sundays are for selfies! Get your #SelfieSunday pics with a Marlins player at Section 28 on the Promenade level at noon sharp. Make sure to get those front-facing cameras ready to go for this popular Sunday tradition at Marlins Park!

 

7 – Last Call for Beerfest – Beerfest is back for one last round at the Clevelander at Marlins Park! Beerfest starts at 4:10pm on Saturday, September 6th and runs for 3 hours leading up to the game vs. the Braves. It doesn’t get much better than unlimited beer samples before the game and a ticket near the potential home run landing zone (aka – the Clevelander pool). Purchase your Beerfest ticket here: marlins.com/beerfest

 

6 – Fireworks Friday –  Sit back and relax following last pitch on Friday vs. the Braves– 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.

Bonus: If you’re a Rewards Plus member, you can use your points to score VIP viewing from the dugout!

Marlins Park Fireworks

 

5 – Happy Hour at the Ballpark – TGIF @ Marlins Park! Arrive early on Fridays to beat ballpark traffic and kick off your weekend with $4 domestic draft beers from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar!

Marlins Park Miami Marlins

 

4 – Party with DJ Zog at the Clevelander – After the game on Saturday, September 6th, head straight to the Clevelander for free live music from DJ Zog and keep the party going all night long! Note: Must be 21 years or older for this after party.

Clevelander at Marlins Park

 

3 – Run Around the Bases – Following the game on Family Sunday, kids 12 and under can run the bases in the Diamond Dash! Line up at the bottom of the First Base Helix Ramp near Section 6, starting at the top of the 8th inning.

Diamond Dash Marlins Park

 

2 – Take Home Julio The Octopus – The first 5,000 kids 12 and under will take home a Julio The Octopus plush doll from the Great Sea Race! We can only hope that your kids are big Julio The Octopus fans like 4 1/2 year old Jack. Read more here about the great saga and the emotional roller coaster it is to be Julio’s #1 fan!

Julio the Octopus Marlins Park Sea Creatures

 

1 – May the Force Be With You - It’s Back! The 5th annual Star Wars Night is on Saturday, September 6th vs the Braves! These limited time ticket packages include a game ticket and a limited edition Giancarlo “Oni Wan” Stanton t-shirt.  Even better? Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit “Stand Up To Cancer“. Supplies are limited so get your ticket at marlins.com/starwars today!

It does not, I repeat, does NOT, get better than baseball and Star Wars!

 

Star Wars Giancarlo Stanton Marlins

 

We will see you next week at Marlins Park! Down the stretch we go!

 

 

#HECH4GG (And 10 GIFs To Prove It)

 

Saturday night in Denver, Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria made yet another, jaw-dropping play; this time saving the game for the #FightinFish.

 

Not surprisingly, Marlins broadcasters, Tommy Hutton and Rich Waltz lost it. And we were right there with them:

 

Acquired in the 2012 blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, Adeiny spent his first season with the Marlins quietly developing into a defensive wiz.

2014 has been a breakout season for Adeiny, who continues to make stellar defensive plays, all while raising his batting average from .227 to .275.

With such a breakout officially underway, it’s time to give credit when it’s due and begin viewing Adeiny as a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop, or #HECH4GG, for short.

Entering the 2014, we posted 16 Reasons Adeiny Hechavarria Will Win A Gold Glove. Here’s 9 more (and one from Saturday) proving that time is now:

 

#2 – It didn’t take long for Adeiny to record his first #HechOfAPlay. This amazing leaping grab contributed to a dominant Opening Night win for your Marlins:

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Amazing leaping grabs call for hat tips from Jose.

 

#3 – Nicknamed “El Perro”, hashtag #uuufff has become a trademark of Adeiny’s:

It's all about the #uuufff

It’s all about the #uuufff

 

#4 – He’s got some serious range… if you’re into that kind of thing:

"El Perro" strikes again!

“El Perro” strikes again!

 

#5 – Air Adeiny? Oh, no he didn’t…

Just your friendly neighborhood shortstop. Spiderman-esque

Just your friendly neighborhood shortstop. Spiderman-esque

 

#6 – Late in the game, he seems to only get better:

#7 – Wowza:

"Oh, you know, just taking away a base hit or two."

“Oh, you know, just taking away a base hit or two.”

 

#8 – The line, “You’ll be seeing that one again on SportsCenter Top 10,” has become all too common…

Say it with us, #uuufff

Say it with us, #uuufff

 

#9 – #HechOfAPlay after #HechOfAPlay:

No base hit for you!

No base hit for you!

 

#10 – Got’em!

Who doesn't love a diving stop?

Who doesn’t love a diving stop?

 

So let’s help him out together,  #MarlinFamily — the next time you see Adeiny make a spectacular play (it won’t take long) use hashtag #Hech4GG

Dump a Bucket of Ice on Giancarlo

In case you have not been on the internet in the past week (welcome!), the #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon has taken the country by storm! Last weekend, over $1 million was raised to the national ALS Association as a result of this cold and wet video challenge!

Marlins ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

 

First up? Steve Cishek!

Steve Cishek ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

 

 

Now Steve needs YOUR help to help Giancarlo Stanton complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Steve Cishek Ice Bucket Challenge

 

Place a bid to visit the Marlins Clubhouse and douse the Marlins All-Star with a bucket of ice water by 5:00PM TODAY, FRIDAY, AUGUST 15!

Giancarlo Stanton Marlins

What’s in the package?

• Photo opportunity with Giancarlo.
• Four (4) batting practice passes.
• Four (4) Diamond Club tickets to an upcoming 2014 home game on a mutually agreeable date.

All proceeds from this auction benefit the ALS Recovery Fund. 

**Even better??** Steve and Giancarlo are not the only Marlins taking part of the #ALSIceBucketChallenge!

A Presidential #IceBucketChallenge! President David Samson & President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill accepted!

Ice Bucket Challenge
The Marlins Wives challenged the N.L. East wives:

 

Rich, Tommy and Allison got doused in ice water!

https://twitter.com/Marlins/status/499380629042388993

 

We couldn’t leave out Mr. Marlin, Craig Minervini & the Fox Sports Florida Girls!

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Or Marlins greats and Fox Sports Florida broadcasters, Preston Wilson & Carl Pavano!

http://instagram.com/p/rsUVvEN8KV/

The Marlins General Manager, Dan Jennings, passed along the challenge to his three sons!

 

Mike Redmond, Christian, Casey and Garrett cooled off with some ice water, too!

Redmond Yelich Garrett Jones Casey McGehee

 

Marlins Vision Host Kelly, the Marlins Energy Team & Marlins Organist, Tabby B got in on the action as well!

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And even our very own Billy The Marlin!

 

Please join us in our continued efforts to raise awareness to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease! Remember, proceeds from the Giancarlo Ice Bucket Challenge auction benefit the ALS Recovery Fund!

 

Bidding ends at 5:00 PM sharp TODAY, August 15th! 

#StrikeOutALS once and for all!

Down the Stretch We Go

Your Marlins are in the hunt for a spot and are back at Marlins Park!

 
Nine games in 10 days and here are 12 of the coolest things going on:

12 – Take a long lunch break vs the Rangers – Weekday day games are kind of the best. Go ahead and plan that long lunch break or schedule that important meeting next Wednesday afternoon (August 20th)… say around 12:40 pm. No better way to bond or close the deal than in the air-conditioned comfort of Marlins Park for afternoon baseball!

Marlins Park Miami Marlins

 

 

11 – New Food Items to Try! – With three different teams coming into town this homestand, there are three new visiting team food items to try! Chow down on the Gateway Dog during the Cardinals series, the Grand Canyon Dog when we play the Diamondbacks or the Everything is Big Dog when we take on the Rangers. You can find these visiting team favorites at Burger 305 at Section 13! Learn more about other awesome food options at Marlins Park at marlins.com/food.

10 – Marlins Wives’ Back to School Drive! – Did you load up on a few too many school supplies this summer? Don’t return them at the store, donate them here at Marlins Park! The Marlins Wives will be collecting back to school supplies outside of the Diamond Club, Home Plate and 1st Base Entrances from 11:00 am – 1:00pm on Sunday, August 17th! Guests who donate school supplies will receive a special Marlins gift, too.

Marlins Wives Miami Marlins

 

9 – Special Events all around! – Be a part of one of the many groups hosting a special event this homestand! With FICPA Night on August 12thOsteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness Night on August 13th, Strike Out Stroke Night on August 15th, Special Olympics Day on August 17th and Tech Night at the Ballpark on August 19th, there’s no shortage of events here at Marlins Park!

Miami Marlins Marlins Park Special Olympics

 

8 – Friday is always Happy Hour – Need an excuse to leave work a little early on Friday? Join us for Happy Hour at the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar from 5:30 – 6:30pm and enjoy $4 domestic draft beers before the game starts!

Marlins Park budweiser bow tie bar

 

7 – A Weekend of Selfies & Autographs! – On Friday & Saturday, line up in front of the New Era Team Store in the West Plaza by 6:00pm sharp for an autograph from a Marlins player. Can’t make it to the autograph session? Take part in #SelfieSunday at Section 28! Just make to to line up by 12:00pm sharp and get those front-facing camera phones ready!

6 – Boom goes the… Fireworks! – The Fireworks Friday tradition continues after the last out on Friday vs. the Diamondbacks! Move to a seat closer to home plate for the best views in the house.

Fireworks Friday Marlins Park

 

5 – DJ Red and DJ Junior at the Clevelander free after Saturday’s game vs the Diamondbacks – Keep the party going at the Clevelander after the game! Enough said.

Clevelander at Marlins Park

 

4 – Need a new luggage tag? – We got you covered! The first 5,000 kids age 12 & under on Family Sunday on August 17th will receive a Billy The Marlin Kid’s Bag Tag! Perfect for any last minute family vacations or to rock on that new backpack for the first day of school!

Billy the Marlin Luggage Tag

 

3 – Billy The Marlin’s Birthday! – To add to the Billy The Marlin theme of the day, you are invited to celebrate his birthday on Sunday, August 17th! Enjoy an exclusive pregame celebration with Billy and his mascot friends. Each ticket package comes with a limited edition Birthday Billy Bobblehead doll and a $10 concession credit to be used for food and beverages! Limited availability so visit marlins.com/specialevents to get your ticket today!

Billy the Marlin birthday Marlins Park

 

2 – #MarlinsSocial is Back by Popular Demand! – #MarlinsSocial is back for round 2 this season! Take over @Marlins Twitter on Tuesday, August 19th vs the Rangers! A $20 ticket not only gets you a Baseline Reserved ticket, and a limited edition #MarlinsSocial t-shirt, but also a pregame “Selfie” meet-and-greet with a member of the Fox Sports Florida broadcast team! Tweets from participants of Social Media Night will be used on our official Twitter account, @Marlins! Buy this special ticket here: marlins.com/socialmedia.

Marlins Social Media Night

 

1 – Dominican Heritage Night Celebrations! – Bring your instruments and join us for our Dominican Heritage Night celebrations! Festivities begin at 5:30 pm on the West Plaza before the Fish take on the Diamondbacks at 7:10pm. Buy the special pack ticket pack here: marlins.com/specialevents.

Dominican Heritage Night Marlins Park

 

Take Me Out to Marlins Park! #TMOTMP

A Go Pro First Pitch

This little camera sure does have the ability to take some pretty incredible action footage:

Go Pro Camera

 

Everything from skydiving…

Go Pro camera

 

To snorkeling…

Go Pro Camera

 

Or even… a First Pitch!?

Definitely! When Marlins season ticket holder, Roly, used Rewards Plus to throw out the Honorary First Pitch at Marlins Park, he attached his trusty Go Pro Camera on his cap to capture an unforgettable angle of his moment! Take a look:

 

Seeing how far the mound is from home plate, maybe we can understand that infamous 50 Cent toss… maybe.

Fifty Cent first Pitch new york mets

 

Marlins Season Ticket Holders can capture unforgettable and unique Marlins experiences like this through Marlins Rewards Plus! Learn more at marlinsrewardsplus.com!

 

#TMOTMP

 

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