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.
Yesterday, your Miami Marlins arrived in Pittsburgh a day early for a three-game series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Field.
With the day wide open, Henderson Alvarez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Marcell Ozuna, Donovan Solano and Jordany Valdespin spent their day paying homage to one of the greatest international players and humanitarians in baseball history, Roberto Clemente.
Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the museum is dedicated entirely to “The Great One” and features memorabilia, awards, equipment and photographs, showcasing Clemente’s 18-year career as a Pittsburgh Pirate.
Marcell examines the bat of the Hall of Fame legend.
Donovan gets his hands on the Clemente bat, too.
In his career, Clemente was a National League MVP, a 12-time All-Star, a 12-time Gold Glove winner and a member of the 3,000 hit club.
All in all, a successful afternoon learning about a person that broke barriers in baseball and created a path for future Latin and Spanish-speaking players to follow.
Tonight your Marlins open a three-game series at PNC Field vs. the Pirates. Tune in at 7:05 p.m. ET as Brad Hand faces off against Charlie Morton of the Bucs. #LetsGoFish
4 1/2 year-old Jack met his deep sea hero with a Rewards Plus Sea Creatures Pizza Party. Pizza and the Sea Creatures all at once? Does it get any cooler than that!?
Jack is Julio The Octopus’ biggest fan. How big a fan?
Watch the agony in Jack’s face during a recent Great Sea Race:
Or the immense frustration when Bob The Shark wins… AGAIN!
We think it’s about time to rally behind Jack and support his cause! Jack and Julio The Octopus need YOUR help! – #GoJulioGo!
BONUS: The first 5,000 kids at Marlins Park on Sunday, September 7th vs. the Braves will take home a Julio The Octopus Plush Doll! We are already giddy thinking of Jack’s reaction when he gets his hands on one of them!
Tonight kicks off a 7-game homestand and a Nathan Eovaldi vs. Jordan Zimmermann showdown!
Winning 7 of their last 8 games on the road, your Marlins are now just two games under .500! Cheer on your Fish as they take on the NL East-leading Washington Nationals from Monday-Wednesday, then the Cincinnati Reds for a four-game set Thursday-Sunday.
Adding to the action on the field, check out the Top 10 can’t-miss extras at Marlins Park this week:
10 – Autographs & Selfies! – Stop by the New Era Team Store at 6pm sharp on Friday and Saturday on the West Plaza for a player autograph! ! Prefer an afternoon game? Line up at Section 28 at noon sharp on Family Sunday for #SelfieSunday!
9 – Happy Hour Fridays! – Arrive early to beat the traffic to Marlins Park and kick off your weekend with $4 domestic draft beers from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar!
8 – Friday is also for Fireworks! – Stay in your seat after Friday’s game– 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.
7 – Choose Your Vice – Enjoy Miami’s Ultimate Vice Night on Thursday, July 31st and another round of Beerfest on Saturday, August 2nd! Get your special event tickets by visiting marlins.com/specialevents.
6 – On Your Mark, Get Set, GO - After Sunday’s game, kids 12 & under run the bases for Diamond Dash! Line up at the bottom of the 1st Base Helix Ramp at the top of the 8th inning.
5 – DJ Jammin’ Johnny at the Clevelander free after Saturday’s game! After the last out on Saturday’s game vs. the Reds, keep the party going at the Clevelander at Marlins Park , where DJ Jammin’ Johnny will be spinning on the 1′s and 2′s for Saturday Spectacular.
4 – Golf Day on Family Sunday! – Please join the Marlins and Bunkers in Baghdad for our annual golf equipment drive on Sunday, August 3rd at Marlins Park! Your donations of new or used golf equipment will be sent to active duty military stationed overseas, wounded warriors and veterans’ programs across the United States. Learn more at marlins.com/specialevents.
3 – Bid on One-of-a-Kind Experiences for Charity! – The 9th Annual Fox Sports Florida Fantasy Auction presented by Banah Sugar is this Tuesday, July 29th at 5:30 PM! Join Tommy Hutton, Rich Waltz and Craig Minervini of FS Florida for a thrilling game and awesome bidding from Marlins Park. Proceeds from this signature event benefit the Marlins Education Fund. Learn more at marlins.com/fantasyauction.
2 – Adorable Dogs Invade Marlins Park! – The second Bark at the Park at Marlins Park is on Sunday, August 3rd! 100% of the proceeds from the dog tickets will benefit the Humane Society of Broward County. Reserved seats are located in the Vista Level. Tickets are $15 for humans and $10 for dogs and must be purchased in advance. Purchase your tickets by visiting marlins.com/barkbroward.
1 – Christian Yelich is a Bobblehead! – The first of two bobblehead giveaways this season is this Sunday vs. the Reds! The first 12,000 fans at Marlins Park will take home a Christian Yelich bobblehead. Make sure to arrive early on Family Sunday!
With only a few more months of baseball left, the Fish offer Marlins Flex Packs, where you pick out any 20 games that you want to attend and get a discount per game – starting at just $13 per game! Learn more by visiting marlins.com/flexpacks and don’t miss a moment of fun at Marlins Park this year!
The second half of the season begins tonight as your Miami Marlins kick off a 3-game series against the San Francisco Giants!
While this marks the shortest homestand of the season, it’s still jammed pack with plenty to do and be a part of!
Here is the complete breakdown:
9 – Friday is Happy Hour! – What better way to start your weekend of baseball than with $4 domestic draft beers from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar? We agree that it’s the perfect excuse to come early and beat the traffic.
8 – More Special Events! – Did you know that during every homestand, there’s new special events to be a part of? With American Legion Southern Area Night on Friday, July 18th and Young At Art Museum Night on Saturday, July 19th, there are plenty of events for you to be a part of. Added bonus? Portions of the proceeds will benefit charity foundations. Learn more at marlins.com/specialevents.
7 – A New Visiting Team Food Item! – This is the first and only time the Giants will be at Marlins Park this season, so make sure to try the visiting team food item, the California Dog! You can expect a foot long hot dog topped with avocado crema, cucumber strips and krab meat- yum! Pick up this visiting team item at Burger 305 at Section 13! Learn more about other awesome food options at Marlins Park at marlins.com/food.
6 – Three chances to get up close with a Marlins player! – On Friday and Saturday, stop by the New Era Team Store on the West Plaza at 6pm sharp for a player autograph! Can’t make it either day? Come to Marlins Park on Family Sunday for #SelfieSunday. Line up at Section 28 at noon sharp, you never know who will stop by!
5 – DJ R1 at the Clevelander free after Saturday’s game! Following last pitch on Saturday, keep the party going at the Clevelander at Marlins Park , where DJ R1 will be spinning on the 1′s and 2′s for Saturday Spectacular.
4 – Have any extra baseball equipment around the house? – From 11:30am-1:00pm on Family Sunday, stop by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive and drop off your new or used baseball equipment outside of the Home Plate Entrance for underprivileged youth in the area. All that baseball equipment you don’t use will be put to good use!
3- Sit Back and Enjoy Fireworks! – The Fireworks Friday tradition continues this second half with a post-game fireworks show! Make sure to stay in your seat after today’s game, you’ll already have the best seat in the house!
2 – Beerfest is back this second half! – Beerfest at the Clevelander at Marlins Park starts at 4:10pm tomorrow (Saturday) and runs for 3 hours leading up to the 7:10pm Saturday game start! Can’t get better than unlimited beer samples before the game. Purchase your Beerfest ticket here: marlins.com/beerfest.
1 – Colombia Heritage Night! – Bring your instruments and join us tonight for our Colombian Heritage Night celebrations! Festivities begin at 5:30 pm at the West Plaza with traditional folkloric groups, costumes and music mixtures of cumbia, gaita, merecumbes, and vallenato. Stay after the game for a spectacular fireworks show set to music from Colombia’s greatest artists! Buy the special pack here: marlins.com/specialevents.
A lot going on in such a short amount of time!
To sweeten the deal even more, the Fish offer Marlins Flex Packs, where you pick out any 20 games that you want to attend and get a discount per game – starting at just $13 per game! Learn more by visiting marlins.com/flexpacks and don’t miss a moment of fun at Marlins Park the second half of the season!
*BONUS!* – Have World Cup separation anxiety? James Rodriguez & Radamel Falcao are coming to Marlins Park next week!
Get your soccer fix on Wednesday, July 23rd as Marlins Park hosts one of the nine games in the Second Annual COPA EUROAMERICANA soccer tournament! Watch Atletico Nacional vs. AS Monaco take the field beginning at 8pm! Buy tickets here: marlins.com/copa.
In what some may call as the ultimate gesture in diehard loyalty to a team, Andres (@latinoloco4rwf) has reached the two month mark of his vow to not shave until Jose Fernandez is back on the mound at Marlins Park!
Let’s just say he looks a little different now than this photo here…
Andres is taking his dedication, love and devotion to Jose Fernandez and the #MarlinFamily to a whole new level:
Check out his two month update here:
Don’t forget, he is keeping a lookout for other #DiehardFish fans using the hashtag #MarlinFamily and #JosesHeroes on social media!
Watch the beginning of Andres’s non-shaving crusade here:
Give him a follow at @latinoloco4rwf and keep up with his non-shaving adventures, because we are!
There is less than TWENTY-FOUR hours to #VoteHitsMcGehee as many times as humanly possible!
It’s time to talk strategy here. We are taking #VoteHitsMcGehee global and we need YOUR help!
As you all know, in 2013, Casey hit .292/.376/.515 with 28 home runs for the Tohoku Ratuken Golden Eagles on their way to the team’s first Japan Series title.
What does this mean for #DiehardFish fans? It means there is an untapped market of huge Casey fans out in Japan that need to know that they can tweet the hashtag #VoteHitsMcGehee an unlimited amount of times from 10am-4pm ET on Thursday, July 10th!
While we are asleep on the East coast, Tokyo is wide awake and in the middle of their day! Which means we can tweet to them all night long to prepare them for the six-hour Tweet-a-thon to come!
Here at OCC, we are recruiting you! Here’s the plan:
- There is a 13-hour time difference between Miami and Tokyo.
- Therefore, it is morning in Japan right now!
- Tweet at as many Japanese celebrities, athletes, anyone you can think of to help SPREAD THE WORD!
Need help with Japanese? Here is a 140-character friendly Japanese tweet for you:
マクギー選手が日本からの応援を6時間必要としています！ 木曜日の23時から金曜日の午前5時の間に、#VoteHitsMcGehee とハッシュタグ付きのツイートを送って下さい。マクギー選手がオールスターチームへ選出される為の一票として数えられます！
McGehee needs Japan’s support for 6 hours! From 11pm on Thursday until 5am Friday, please send tweets with the hashtag #VoteHitsMcGehee. Each tweet will be counted as one vote to send McGehee to the All Star Team!
Casey McGehee is one of five nominees for the final National League All-Star Game roster spot!
Time is limited, so we need to rally all the #DiehardFish fans to get enough votes to send Casey to Minneapolis!
In case any of your friends, coworkers, neighbors or anyone in shouting distance needs convincing why Casey deserves that spot, here are 10 reasons why Casey MUST make the All-Star roster:
10 – His hashtag is #HitsMcGehee. – Can’t get much better than that.
9 – McGehee leads the National League in total hits with 110!
8 - As a reserve, McGehee will be likely to enter the game at a critical juncture, and he is the BEST in the Majors in batting average (.398) & hits (37) with runners in scoring position.
7 - He’s HOT lately! – Casey McGehee (after today) has a career-high 14-game hitting streak, 31-game on-base streak and 21-game road hitting streak.
6 – #HitsMcGehee has the best batting average against right handed pitchers of all right handed hitters in Major League Baseball (.343)!
5 - He’s the BEST among his peers. – McGehee leads all National League Third Baseman in hits, BABIP (.370), RBI (53), AVG (.322), OBP (.390), fielding percentage (.983) and multi-hit games (31).
4 – McGehee plays well batting after other All Stars. – Following an intentional walk to Stanton this season, McGehee is 4 for 10 with 6 RBI and 2 BB, including two walk-off winners.
3 - McGehee wins games anyway his team needs. – Check out this walk-off Sacrifice Fly!
2 - Since the game is in Minneapolis, the National League will be using a designated hitter. – McGehee already has a hit as a designated hitter this year!
1 – He is half of the Smash Brothers. – They play as a team, they must stick together in the Twin Cities!
Visit www.Marlins.com/FinalVote and keep voting everyday all day for #HitsMcGehee- there are no limits to the amount of votes you can cast! The deadline is Thursday, July 10th at 4pm ET.