Where Are They Now? Derrek Lee

Silky smooth at first base. A home run machine at the plate. D-Lee could do it all.

Juan Pierre Day at Marlins Park brought together many of our favorites Marlins from franchise history: Jeff Conine, Carl Pavano, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and of course, manager Jack McKeon! One of our favorite faces to see was Derrek Lee, first baseman and anchor of the 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins.

We caught up with Derrek for an On Cloud Conine exclusive:

Sunday was all about the Fish Family. Watch Derrek praise his good friend and teammate, Juan Pierre:

While most people probably remember Derrek’s tremendous power stroke (he homered 31 times en route to the Marlins’ second World Series title), not enough people talk about D-Lee’s defense. His play to seal Game 5 of the ’03 Fall Classic remains one of the best defensive stops in World Series history:

Gotta watch that one more time:

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D-Lee’s play helped give the Fish a 3-2 series lead over the vaunted New York Yankees.

You remember what happened next…

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Thanks for the memories, Derrek! We hope to see you again soon at Marlins Park!

Remember When A.J. Burnett Shattered A Truck Window?

Who let Billy The Marlin drive around the warning track?

This week, with the Pittsburgh Pirates in town, Fish Fans get a chance to see a familiar face, former Florida Marlins flamethrower, A.J. Burnett.

Burnett, a member of the 2003 World Series Champion Marlins, was known early in his career as one of the wildest, but most talented pitchers in baseball. Who could forget May 12th, 2001 when he walked nine batters (the most ever issued in a no-hitter) en route to the third no-hitter in Marlins franchise history?

If Burnett’s no-hitter was improbable, what he did a few months later can only be classified as inconceivable.

The date was September 7th and A.J. and the Fish were getting ready to play the New York Mets at Pro Player Stadium.

As A.J. loosened up before first pitch, a white pickup truck drove behind home plate with Marlins mascot Billy The Marlin waving to fans from the bed of the truck. The rest is Marlins history…

As Bob Uecker would say, “Juuuuuuuust a bit outside.”

A.J. fired away, shattering the truck’s window and giving Billy the scary of the century.

Let’s see that again:

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Ironically, A.J. would go on that night to issues zero walks over six innings.

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When asked if he’d ever seen anything like that, Marlins long-time color analyst Tommy Hutton quipped, “No. No, I have not.”

Us too, Tommy! Us too.

Marlins Go Back To The Future In One Month

If our calculations are correct, when September 25th hits Marlins Park… you’re gonna see some serious stuff…

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Back To The Future Night arrives at Marlins Park on Friday, September 25th!

In exactly one month, this one-time celebration is sure to change the course of history – and future history! For $25, all special event ticket purchasers who buy their tickets at marlins.com/specialevents will receive a game ticket and a special Billy McFly bobblehead.

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A portion of each special ticket will also benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

So load up plutonium, hop in the DeLorean and join us at Marlins Park on September 25th, because where we’re going we won’t need roads…

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For those of you trapped in the past, the classic 1989 film “Back to the Future II” predicted that in the year 2015 the Chicago Cubs and a “Miami” baseball team would meet in the World Series, with the Cubbies sweeping the series in five games. As shocking as it was to see the Cubs break their decades long World Series drought (or that the World Series would be a best of nine games), the crazier prediction may have been the advent of a professional baseball team in Miami.

Well, as we all know, four years later the Florida Marlins were born and the rest is history.

Yeah, well, history is gonna change…

This season the Miami Marlins have revved up the DeLorean in order to #RewriteTheFuture

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First, to kick off Opening Day 2015, on April 5th the Marlins took the #FishFamily along for a ride back to the inaugural Marlins game on April 5th, 1993.

Next it was time to #RewriteTheFuture as the Fish took two-out-of-three from the visiting Cubs June 1st-3rd. Fans in attendance even received their very own 2015 American League Champions t-shirts.

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Now things are about to get really heavy…

10 Most Fun Things Happening This Homestand

Fish Family, we have some sad news to report…

There are only three homestands left this season for the Marlins!

I know. We can’t believe it either.

This Thursday, the team kicks off a four-game set with the division-rival Phillies, followed by four against the Pirates. With so few games left and so many fun promotions coming up, you won’t want to miss this week!

 

LDS Night – Thursday, August 20 vs. Phillies (7:10 PM)

Enjoy a game alongside the Latter-day Saints community! The Special Event Ticket Package is just $13 and includes:

  • Game ticket (Home Run Porch)
  • 5:30 PM – Community service project at the ballpark
  • 6:15 PM – Guest speaker: BYU Graduate Emmanuel Munoz, Miami Marlins Director of Broadcasting
  • National Anthem performance by LDS Youth Choir

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College Colors Night – Friday, August 21 vs. Phillies (7:10 PM)

Show your biggest school pride at College Colors Night! Fans who purchase the $25 Ticket Package will receive:

  • Game ticket
  • Marlins “COLLEGE” t-shirt
  • Pre-game party from 5:30 – 6:45 PM featuring a DJ, prizes, games and more!
  • Post-game fireworks

The top selling colleges will be represented on the field!

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Dollar Dog Night – Friday, August 21 vs. Phillies (7:10 PM)

$1 hot dogs all. game. long. Need we say more?

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Dominican Heritage Night – Saturday, August 22 vs. Phillies (7:10 PM)

Celebrate your Dominican heritage at the ballpark! By purchasing the Special Event Package, starting at just $25. you’ll get:

  • Lower Level game ticket
  • Marlins Dominican Heritage Night t-shirt

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Armed Forces Appreciation Night – Saturday, August 22 vs. Phillies (7:10 PM)

Join us in honoring our active duty and veterans this Saturday. The $25 Special Event Ticket Package is organized by Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli Assembly 3218, with The Knights of Columbus Broward County Fourth Degree Assemblies presenting the Colors at the game.

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Beerfest – Saturday, August 22 vs. Phillies (7:10 PM)

The Clevelander at Marlins Park has the perfect event for all beer lovers! For $30, the Ticket Package includes:

  • Game ticket in the Clevelander (Standing Room Only)
  • Souvenir 4oz Beerfest sampling mug
  • Samples of international, domestic and local craft beer

The fun begins three hours prior to the first pitch!

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Night – Sunday, August 23 vs. Phillies (1:10 PM)

Show your support for Alzheimer’s Awareness at Marlins Park for just $20. The Special Event Ticket Package features:

  • Game ticket
  • Pre-game ceremony recognizing Alzheimer’s Awareness team captains
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits The Alzheimer’s Association

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Dontrelle Willis & Juan Pierre Day – Sunday, August 23 vs. Phillies (1:10 PM)

The Marlins are proud to recognize two of the greatest heroes of the 2003 World Series Championship Marlins: D-Train and JP! Both will be in attendance for pre-game and in-game festivities including a Periscope Q&A! 

Get there early, fans, because first 10,000 in attendance will take home a Willis or a Pierre Marlins t-shirt.

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Wine Down Wednesday – Wednesday, August 26 vs. Pirates (7:10 PM)

Wine + baseball = a wonderful combination. For just $35, fans who buy the Special Event Ticket Package will get:

  • Lexus Legends Level game ticket
  • One (1) glass of wine
  • Marlins wine stopper
  • Access to Wine Down Wednesday VIP event — beginning at 5:30 PM
  • A $5 donation to the Marlins Foundation

Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol.

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Melanoma Research Foundation Night – Wednesday, August 26 vs. Pirates (7:10 PM)

Join the Marlins in the fight against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. A portion of every $25 Special Event ticket will go directly to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

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For a list of all upcoming Special Events at Marlins Park, visit marlins.com/specialevents.

10 Most Fun Things Happening This Homestand

Guess what, Fish Family?! Your favorite team returns home tomorrow for the first time in over two weeks! That’s a lot of days without Marlins baseball…

To make up for lost time, Marlins Park will be hosting many, many, many events over this 9-game homestand.

Don’t believe us? Check it all out below.

 

Italian Heritage Night – Wednesday, July 29 vs. Nationals

Celebrate the Italian culture at the ballpark! The $25 Special Event Ticket Package gets you:

  • Game ticket
  • Marlins Italian Heritage Night t-shirt
  • Specialty Italian food items available for purchase at the Section 13 Food Truck
  • Post-game fireworks

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Wrestling Night – Friday, July 31 vs. Padres

Get ready, brothers! Wrestling Night returns to Marlins Park this Friday, and it’s even bigger than before. Here’s what fans get for purchasing the $25 Special Event Ticket Package:

  • Game ticket
  • Limited-edition Marlins “MWO” t-shirt
  • Meet-and-greet with wrestling legends including Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, The Nasty Boys and more!
  • Opportunity to win a Marlins Championship Wrestling Belt for being the best-dressed fan
  • Post-game fireworks

 

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G-Squad Ticket Special – Saturday, August 1 vs. Padres

Show your support for the power-hitting outfielder by being part of the G-Squad! For the cost of Giancarlo’s number ($27), you’ll receive a game ticket and your own limited-edition G-Squad arm sleeve to rock.

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Colombian Heritage Night – Saturday, August 1 vs. Padres

Join the Colombian Heritage Night celebration! The Special Event Ticket Package starts at $25, and with it, you’ll get:

  • Game ticket
  • Colombian Heritage Night t-shirt
  • Pre-game celebration in the West Plaza from 5:30 – 6:45 PM featuring traditional folkoric groups, costumes and music mixtures of cumbia, gaita, merecumbes and vallenato
  • Post-game Salt-N-Pepa concert

A portion of the proceeds benefits The Gametime Foundation.

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Marlins Wives Back 2 School Drive – Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 vs. Padres

Help support local childrens’ charities and undeserved schools in South Florida at this year’s Back 2 School Drive held by the Marlins Wives! Fans can donate supplies like pencils, folders and notebooks prior to the games next weekend. Collection bins will be located at the entrance gates of Marlins Park.

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Billy’s Superhero Birthday Party – Saturday, August 1 vs. Padres

Happy birthday, Billy The Marlin! This year’s festivities will have a special superhero theme, and Billy will even be joined by other local mascots. Want to be a part of the celebration? Special Event Ticket Packages start at $25 and include:

  • Game ticket
  • Limited-edition Birthday Billy headphones
  • Exclusive pre-game celebration with Billy and his mascot friends
  • Post-game Diamond Dash for kids 12 and under
  • Post-game Salt-N-Pepa concert

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Salt-N-Pepa Post-Game Concert – Saturday, August 1 vs. Padres

Get ready to jam with Salt-N-Pepa for the final Saturday Spectacular concert of the year — this time at night! With hits like “Push It” and “Shoop,” you’ll feel like you’re back in the 90’s with the hip hop sensation.

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Bark at the Park: Broward – Sunday, August 2 vs. Padres

What better way to enjoy a Marlins game than alongside your favorite pet? Tickets for fans are just $15, and dog tickets cost $10, with 100% of the proceeds from their tickets benefiting the Humane Society of Broward County.

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Marlins All-Star Poster Giveaway – Sunday, August 2 vs. Padres

Thank you for making Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon starters in the 2015 All-Star Game! To honor Big G and Dee, all fans in attendance will go home with this poster:

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Social Media Night – Tuesday, August 4 vs. Mets

It’s time to get social with the Fish! You can purchase a Special Event Ticket Package for as low as $25, and it includes:

  • Game ticket
  • Limited-edition Marlins selfie stick (outbound giveaway)
  • Your play-by-play tweets broadcast on the @Marlins’ Twitter account!
  • In-game social sweepstakes and prizes

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We told you there’s a lot going on, Fish Family! Don’t miss out on one second of fun. We hope to see you this week at Marlins Park!

If Marlins Players Were Emojis!

We’re a little “emojional” today, you guys, which can only mean one thing…

It’s World Emoji Day!

What would life be like without those cute little emoticons? I mean, there’s one for practically every life situation.  

  • When it’s pouring rain outside, and you forgot your umbrella: 
  • When you ate so much pizza, you resemble a beached whale: 
  • When the Marlins score a run, so you do a little jig:  
  • When you just really feel like indulging in a pear: 

You may not have even realized it, but there are also emojis for your favorite Marlins players! Scroll down to see what we mean…

 

Dee Gordon – The Lightning Bolt!

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The average lightning bolt moves at 224,000 mph. We’re pretty sure this speed deemon can run faster.

Giancarlo Stanton – The Bicep!

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It’s like bro, do you even lift?

Adeiny Hechavarria – The Dog!

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After all, he is El Perro. Uuufff!

Marcell Ozuna – The Bear!

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Earlier this year, Marcell shocked the world by proving something huge: he’s an actual bear.

AJ Ramos – The Joker!

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From photo bombing fans to spot-on celebrity impressions, AJ is known for being one of the biggest jokesters on the team.

José Fernández – The Flame!

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He’s a flame-thrower, that’s for sure. (See what we did there?)

Brad Hand – The Hand!

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Pretty self-explanatory. We’ll give ourselves a hand for this one.

Carter Capps – The 100! 

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He hits triple digits on the radar gun seemingly every night. It’s like this emoji was made for him!

Giancarlo Stanton & Dee Gordon – The Twins!

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Since their love of Kit Kats brought them together, nothing’s been the same…

Christian Yelich – The Baby!

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Someday, you’ll appreciate how young you look, Christian. We promise.

Ichiro Suzuki – The Japanese Flag!

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Fun fact: Ichiro was the first Japanese-born position player in Major League Baseball and the first to ever play for the Marlins!

Billy The Marlin – The Fish!

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Because what other emoji would Billy be?!

 

Did we miss any emoji matches, Fish Family? Sound off in the comments below or on Twitter using hashtag #MarlinsEmojis!

 

You Won’t Believe The One Thing Ichiro Is Bad At

Ichiro Suzuki is one of the greats. He’s accumulated nearly 3,000 hits throughout his career. He’s played in the All-Star Game 10 times (consecutively!). Heck, even at 41 years old, the outfielder is still swiping bases with ease.

There really isn’t anything Ichiro can’t do… or so we all thought!

If you were at Marlins Park last week, you may have seen him appear on Marlins Vision for a segment called Minute to Win It. In an intense game of Flip Your Lid, Ichiro is tasked with successfully flipping a cup onto a bottle laying a foot away.

Despite getting cheered on by his biggest superfan, the ever-competitive Ichiro struggles mightily. It’s clear he isn’t used to losing — let alone being bad at anything.

But does he eventually win the game? Watch the clip below to find out:

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Us right now:

Safe to say we won’t be choosing him as our flip cup partner anytime soon. Sorry, Ichiro…

10 Most Fun Things Happening This Homestand

#FishFamily, it’s your last chance to see the Marlins before the All-Star Break begins! Starting tomorrow and all weekend long, the ballpark will have special events, concerts, freebies — and, of course, Marlins baseball as they take on the Cincinnati Reds.

Don’t miss out!

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10) Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive — Friday, July 10 at Marlins Park

Donate your new or gently used baseball and softball equipment to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive this Friday at Marlins Park! BTF is a program of MLB and the MLBPA that supports youth baseball and softball around the world. For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com.

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9) Christmas In July — Friday, July 10 vs. Reds (7:10 PM)

Celebrate the holiday season a few months early at Marlins Park! There’s a ton in store for fans who purchase the $25 Special Event Ticket Package:

  • Game ticket
  • Marlins “Christmas sweater” t-shirt
  • Photo with Santa Claus
  • VIP pregame party with DJ, games, prizes and more from 5:30 – 6:45 PM
  • Marlins Energy Team Poster giveawy
  • Amazing post-game fireworks display featuring a Christmas snowfall!

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Marlins RBI Program.

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8) Marlins Energy Team Poster Giveaway — Friday, July 10 vs. Reds (7:10 PM)

Who doesn’t love a freebie?! Be one of the first 10,000 fans to arrive at the ballpark this Friday, and you’ll receive a Marlins Energy Team Poster!

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7) Cholesterol Awareness Night  — Friday, July 10 vs. Reds (7:10 PM)

This Friday, the Marlins will offer free lipid screenings and cholesterol education to fans 18 and older attending the game as part of Cholesterol Awareness Night! The screenings will take place at the West Plaza outside the stadium from 5:00 PM through the 3rd inning.

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6) G-Squad Ticket Special — Saturday, July 11 vs. Reds (4:10 PM)

Show your support for Giancarlo Stanton by joining the inaugural G-Squad! This Saturday (and select Saturday home games), you can get a game ticket to sit in right field, along with a special edition G-Squad arm sleeve — all for just $27. For each ticket sold, a $2 donation will be made to the Marlins RBI Program. For more information, visit marlins.com/gsquad!

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5) Beerfest — Saturday, July 11 vs. Reds (4:10 PM)

The Clevelander at Marlins Park has the perfect event for all beer enthusiasts! Starting at $30, fans can enjoy an afternoon of beverage tasting — starting three hours prior to the first pitch — that includes:

  • Clevelander ticket
  • Souvenir 4oz Beerfest sampling mug
  • Samples of international, domestic and local craft beer

For more information, visit marlins.com/specialevents.

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4) Saturday Spectacular Summer Concert: Jerry Rivera — Saturday, July 11 vs. Reds (4:10 PM)

After rocking the West Plaza stage in 2013, Grammy Award-nominee Jerry Rivera returns this Saturday for a concert after the game! Be there as the Puerto Rican salsa singer performs some of his best chart-toppers — like his latest, “Noche Bohemia” — for what will surely be another huge crowd.

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3) Mental Health Awareness Day — Sunday, July 12 vs. Reds (1:10 PM)

Help the Marlins increase Mental Health Awareness this Sunday at the park! For just $30, all Special Event Ticket Package buyers will receive:

  • Lower Level game ticket
  • Pre-game ceremony recognizing Mental Health Awareness Team Captains
  • Henderson Alvarez bobblehead (first 10,000 fans)
  • Post-game Diamond Dash (kids 12 and under)

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Ride to Awareness Foundation.

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2) Fitness Day: Yoga — Sunday, July 12 vs. Reds (1:10 PM)

Calling all yogis! Make your way to Marlins Park this Sunday for an exclusive yoga event. The Special Event Ticket Package starts at just $25 and gets you:

  • Game ticket
  • Marlins yoga mat
  • Hour-long yoga session after the game — on the field!
  • Henderson Alvarez bobblehead (first 10,000 fans)

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1) Henderson Alvarez Bobblehead Giveaway — Sunday, July 12 vs. Reds (1:10 PM)

Add a Henderson Alvarez bobblehead to your collection by attending this Sunday’s game! The first 10,000 fans will receive one.

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What are YOU most looking forward to this homestand?

103 Year-Old Marlins Fan Gets Surprised; Emotional Moment Follows

Is it dusty in here? It must be the pollen, because otherwise I’m not sure why my eyes are so watery…

This is the story of how *I* want to spend my 103rd birthday!

Saturday at Marlins Park featured a special birthday as Juan Miguel Diaz celebrated his 103rd birthday among his children and grandchildren.

The TV cameras were there to capture a very emotional moment. Watch:

In a uber-special twist, Marlins officials even gave him the chance to be wheeled around the bases for a special Diamond Dash. Wow.

His grandson proudly wheeled his abuelo around the bases, creating an unforgettable memory for Juan and his family.

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Diaz, who was born in 1912, was 80 years young when Charlie Hough threw the Florida Marlins inaugural pitch back in April 1993. Over 23 seasons, Juan has rarely missed a game usually tuning in and listening to legendary Felo Ramirez, who also celebrated a birthday this past week. Juan’s love for the Marlins was on display as he came to the ballpark proudly wearing his best Florida Marlins jersey and cap.

When asked how he felt, Juan replied, “Happy… and very emotional.”

Feliz Cumpleaños, Juan! We hope to see you again next year at the ballpark for birthday #104!

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José Fernández to Shave Marlins Superfan; You Can Join and Help José Do It!

We all know about “The José Guy” by now. You know, the Marlins superfan who declared he wouldn’t shave his head or beard until Jose returns from his rehab journey?

Well, the beard and hair are 13 months old now, and with José scheduled to make his return to the team on July 2nd at Marlins Park, the time has come to buzz this guy down!

Who better than José himself? José has agreed to shave the Marlins superfan’s hair and beard — and one lucky fan will be there to help!

The opportunity to be a part of the shaving is being auctioned off at marlins.com/auctions. It also includes 4 Batting Practice passes and 4 Ricoh Diamond Club tickets. One week of bidding remains!

Plus, “The José Guy” decided to turn his hair-growing into a charitable endeavor, choosing the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the beneficiary. Here’s the video where he talks about why he chose Make-a-Wish.

 

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