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!
You might remember little 4 1/2 year old Jack, the famous – and adorable – Julio The Octopus Campaigner.
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!
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!
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.
Enter: Steve Cishek and Tom Koehler.
Sweet t-shirts, guys! But…whose family is on them? (Cue drumroll.)
Ladies and gents, that is none other than your Miami Marlins Infielder and Utility Player, 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
We will see you next week at Marlins Park! Down the stretch we go!
Saturday night in Denver, Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria made yet another, jaw-dropping play; this time saving the game for the #FightinFish.
This should have been a game-ending hit but Adeiny Hechavarria was there. http://t.co/xm9L8AqxFk
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 24, 2014
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:
#3 – Nicknamed “El Perro”, hashtag #uuufff has become a trademark of Adeiny’s:
#4 – He’s got some serious range… if you’re into that kind of thing:
#5 – Air Adeiny? Oh, no he didn’t…
#6 – Late in the game, he seems to only get better:
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 9, 2014
#7 – Wowza:
#8 – The line, “You’ll be seeing that one again on SportsCenter Top 10,” has become all too common…
#9 – #HechOfAPlay after #HechOfAPlay:
#10 – Got’em!
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
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!
First up? Steve Cishek!
Now Steve needs YOUR help to help Giancarlo Stanton complete the ALS 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!
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.
**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!
Rich, Tommy and Allison got doused in ice water!
We couldn’t leave out Mr. Marlin, Craig Minervini & the Fox Sports Florida Girls!
Or Marlins greats and Fox Sports Florida broadcasters, Preston Wilson & Carl Pavano!
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!
Marlins Vision Host Kelly, the Marlins Energy Team & Marlins Organist, Tabby B got in on the action as well!
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!
#StrikeOutALS once and for all!
This little camera sure does have the ability to take some pretty incredible action footage:
Everything from skydiving…
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.