Can you believe Opening Day is in 10 days?!
There is plenty to look forward to from your #FightinFish as they look to build momentum off last year. With a final record of 77-85 in 2014, the Marlins were the third National League team since 1969 to win 77-or-more games after losing 100-or-more in the previous season.
Among those 77 wins were MANY big game moments. In honor of 10 days until Opening Day, take a walk down memory lane with us as we recap, in chronological order, the top 10 moments of the Marlins’ 2014 season:
10) March 31st – Opening Night – Reigning Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez took the mound and threw the first pitch in front of a record-setting sellout crowd at Marlins Park to kick off the 2014 season against the Colorado Rockies. According to Manager Mike Redmond, “Jose set the tone” for the entire evening and the rest of the Fish followed suit. Jose ended Opening Day with nine strikeouts, Marcell Ozuna homered and had three hits, and Casey McGehee kicked off his comeback year with two doubles and four RBI. The Marlins beat the Rockies 10-1, and Jose improved to 10-0 with a 1.21 ERA at home, all while his mom and abuela cheered in the crowd.
9) April 18th – Walk-Off Grand Slam – With Yoervis Medina on the mound for the Mariners, the Marlins had bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th. Who was at bat next? None other than Giancarlo Stanton, of course. With no outs and the bases loaded, Giancarlo hits the ball approximately 407 feet, ending the game with a final score of 8-4. Not only was this homer the 123rd of Giancarlo’s career at the time, it was his second career walk-off grand slam. What a game!
8) April 29th – May 7th Homestand – Your #FightinFish won nine out of 10 games when they faced the Braves, Dodgers and Mets. Not only did they win 90 percent of their games, but fans at Marlins Park witnessed three walk-offs in a span of four days!
May 4th: Jeff Baker walk-off hit vs. the Dodgers (5-4 final score)
May 5th: Casey McGehee walk-off hit vs. the Mets (4-3 final score)
May 7th: Marcell walk-off sac-fly vs. the Mets (1-0 final score)
7) June 3rd – Henderson Does It Again – A little over two months into the season, Henderson threw his third shutout in 2014 on 88 pitches in a 1-0 win over the Rays at Marlins Park. Let us repeat that again — THIRD — shutout in a span of two months. It was his third consecutive complete game shutout against Interleague teams (remember that no-hitter vs. Detroit in 2013?). It’s safe to say that this was one way that Henderson secured a spot on the 2014 All-Star Game roster.
6) June 20th – Don’t Run on Ozuna – Really, you just don’t. Marcell’s game-saving launch to home plate to throw out Kirk Nieuwenhuis and secure the 3-2 win over the Mets was definitely a SportsCenter Top-10 worthy throw that got more fun to watch over and over again. It was one of those “are you kidding me?!” moments of the season:
5) July 14th – Home Run Derby Moonshot – Giancarlo and Henderson flew up to Target Field to show their skills during the 2014 Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game. Although Giancarlo did not win the HR Derby crown, his 510-foot upper-deck blast that almost left the stadium had every fan and player unbelievably shocked and cheering uncontrollably. Wow.
4) August 2nd – Yelich Walk-Off – The night before his bobblehead giveaway, 22-year-old left fielder Christian Yelich saved the day with an RBI single to mark the Marlins’ ninth walk-off win of the season to date and beat the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1. Yelich’s walk-off single not only brought the fans at Marlins Park to their feet, but also led to a quick sellout of all 12,000 Christian Yelich Bobbleheads the next day on Family Sunday.
3) August 11th – The Human Highlight Reel – Is this guy even human? This was a spectacular, standing-ovation-from-the-fans type of night for MVP candidate, Giancarlo, offensively and defensively. The highlight reel speaks for itself, so sit back and enjoy two home runs, a dazzling catch in right field and the only reaction you can have when your team is playing against someone like Giancarlo.
2) August 23rd – #Hech4GG, Really – Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria keeps adding to his long list of outstanding #HechOfAPlay moments (read more here). This Gold Glove-worthy candidate has wow-ed the crowds not only at Marlins Park but also on the road. The best example of his star-studded defensive plays took place when the Fish were out in Colorado. Although the Fish did not win the game that night, this particular #HechOfAPlay in the 12th inning while Justin Morneau was at bat had every Marlins fan watching at home on their feet, including Rich & Tommy. #Hech4GG anyone?
1) September 8th-11th – Four in a Row – Although the last game of the Marlins vs. Milwaukee series ended in a huge #GetWellGiancarlo campaign from all fans, we cannot forget the simple fact that Marcell has mad skills when he is at bat. Marcell homered in four straight games. He has emerged as a big power hitter in only his second year in the big leagues. 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.
We’re looking forward to many more exciting moments like these this season at Marlins Park!
There’s less than a week until Opening Day — otherwise known as the unofficial #TakeAHalfDay Day!
Did you know this year, Marlins Park is opening its doors at 2:00 PM – that’s two hours early - for fans to celebrate the big game?
HOT TIPS: Opening Day festivities start at 3:15 PM, and MLB is implementing Metal Detectors across the League which will slow things down a little bit, so give yourself plenty of time! We’d also recommend you reserve a parking pass at marlins.com/parking ahead of time to avoid any delays on that front.
With so many amusements and attractions to enjoy before 4:10 PM even rolls around, we’ve come up with nine reasons why you should #TakeAHalfDay and come to the ballpark early next Monday afternoon!
9) Watch Batting Practice! – Enjoy a view of Marlins BP beginning at 2:00 PM! Opening Day will be the only game this season where gates will open to the public two hours prior to the first pitch in time to catch Marlins BP!
Please note: batting practice schedule change or cancellation is possible.
8) A Very Special First Pitch! – Head inside the ballpark before the first pitch for a “Marlins-style” ceremonial first pitch you won’t want to miss!
7) A Surprise Player Introduction Ceremony! - The Marlins have a very special player introduction ceremony in store for fans this year that’s never been done before. You’re going to want to be in your seat early for this one — trust us. Be in your seat by 3:45pm!
6) Earn Fish Family Loyalty Program Points! – Get rewarded for your fandom! Any Fish Family Loyalty Program member who gets their ticket scanned by 3:00 PM on April 6th will automatically get 2,015 points added to their account. To find out how you can become a Season Ticket Holder and receive ridiculous Marlins rewards like “GM for a Day,” visit marlins.com/seasontickets.
5) Open Team Store and Ticket Office! - Bring some extra spending money to use at the Team Store, located on the West Plaza of Marlins Way (NW 16 Avenue). From jerseys and hats to autographed merchandise, it’s your one-stop shop for all things Marlins.
4) Live Radio Broadcasts! - Get up close and personal with your favorite Marlins radio broadcasters! 940 WINZ and Radio Mambi 710 AM will be on-site for fans to watch and listen to live broadcasts all afternoon.
3) Appearances from the Sea Creatures and Energy Team! – Celebrate Opening Day and get pumped up for the new season with Billy The Marlin and all of your favorite Sea Creatures, along with the best dancers in baseball: the Marlins Energy Team!
2) Live Music! – Join us at the Live Stage in the West Plaza from 2:30 – 4:00 PM for a live performance from the Marlins Pachanga Band! Dale!
1) Games, Games and More Games! – Stop by the West Plaza from 1:30 – 3:30 PM where there will be inflatables, corn hole and tons of other fun activities for the whole Fish Family to enjoy.
#FishFamily, come early to enjoy all Marlins Park has to offer on Opening Day!
On Sunday, March 22nd, Season Ticket Holders and Fish Family members, Alex and Kristy, spent the day alongside Marlins General Manager Dan Jennings at Roger Dean Stadium as part of the “GM for a Day” Fish Family Loyalty Program reward. The following is a guest blog post written by Alex:
Serving as “GM for a Day” was a wonderful experience, full of surprises around every corner.
When we got in our car in Miami before dawn to make the drive up to Jupiter, all I could think was: “Alex, don’t mess this up!” What if I had to tell a player he was going to start the season off at Triple-A New Orleans? Or what if I was asked to make a decision on a young prospect’s future? I knew to stay out of the way. But what if I snuck over to the team phone to call Detroit to see if Miami could bring Miguel Cabrera back?
Luckily, Marlins GM Dan Jennings seemed prepared for an encounter with a super fan. The morning started in Michael Hill’s office, where we received a rundown of the types of roster moves the team would need to make in order to finalize the roster before the regular season began. Then we were treated to a tour of the Marlins’ facility. As we headed to the field to watch the Marlins hit batting practice, Ichiro passed by, just 10-feet away. I thought to myself “This is your chance, Alex. Show them what the GM of the day is all about!” I then did a fist-pump/wave in Ichiro’s direction. He smirked.
Though I had wondered if I would be needed to help weigh in on any roster changes, I was delighted to learn the Marlins had already arranged for the team’s biggest transaction of the spring. The Fish announced the signing of Christian Yelich to a long-term contract at a morning press conference, at which we had front row seats.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) March 22, 2015
Mr. Jennings took us around the Marlins facilities on the golf cart. We had engaging discussions about international scouting and player development. We were then surprised with a trip to the back fields where prospects work out for the scouts. After making my own scouting report in my head, we were then able to speak to some of the scouts about their performance. Our visit was set to end at Mr. Jennings’ office, but I was stunned to see Jose Fernandez sitting on the GM’s office couch. Was he there just to meet with his GM? Yeah. Did I squeal like I had just met a Beatle? Gosh, probably. Miami is long overdue for playoff baseball, and I will be ecstatic beyond comprehension when that day finally happens. (Just look at the rabies-like symptoms I displayed when the park first opened — you don’t get the nickname “Super Pumped Marlins Fan Guy” by behaving…)
But Sunday’s experience really made me aware of how great a winning season will be for those men and women dedicated to bringing exciting and winning baseball to Miami. From the guys working out at the back fields in the fog early on a Sunday morning, to the many international scouts who travel the world looking for the next Marlins contributor, to the delightful men and women that make up the front office, an amazing amount of effort goes into creating winning baseball. Fish Family members everywhere deserve to experience OCTOBER BASEBALL.
Interested in other amazing rewards like these? All Marlins Season Ticket Holders are eligible for experiences like flying on the team plane, playing catch with a player and attending batting practice through the Fish Family Loyalty Program! For more information on how you can get closer to the team and your fellow Fish fans, visit marlins.com/fishfamily.
Not a Season Ticket Holder? Become one today! With packages like Full Season, Half Season, 40-Game and 20-Game, there’s an option for everyone in the Fish Family.
With Opening Day less than two weeks away, we’ve heard from many Fish Family members lately asking us what color jerseys the Marlins will be sporting each game.
Well, we have some answers for you!
While some may change as the season progresses, the following is the breakdown of this year’s uniform combinations. It’s an On Cloud Conine exclusive!
Weekday home games – White jerseys, white pants with “Marlins Red-Orange” piping and the black cap.
Saturday home games – Black jerseys, white pants with black piping and the black cap.
Sunday home games – “Marlins Red-Orange” jerseys, white pants with black piping and the black cap.
Road games - Black or grey jerseys. Yes, you heard that right! A fan favorite, the grey away game jerseys will be returning this year for the first time since 2013.
Want to dress like your favorite Fish? These uniforms are subject to change, but you can get all of the latest Marlins gear online here, or by shopping at the New Era Team Store located at Marlins Park on the West Plaza of Marlins Way (NW 16 Avenue)!
With two weeks until Opening Day here at Marlins Park on April 6th, let’s brush up on those history skills and see what other moments happened on this day in baseball history!
5) SEVEN Home Openers Postponed Due to Snow (1982) — An unseasonable spring blizzard whirls nearly a foot of snow and record low temperatures across the northeast and Midwest, causing Home Opener postponements for the Yankees, Tigers, White Sox, Brewers, Indians, Phillies and Pirates.
Don’t worry, the Marlins Park roof is ready to close should snow be in the forecast in South Florida!
4) Adam Dunn Ties Opening Day Home Run Record (2012) – White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn ties a major league record with his Opening Day homer in Chicago’s 3-2 loss against the Rangers. With eight trips around the bases in openers, Dunn’s name is added to the record books alongside Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr.
No word on if Mike Dunn has been practicing his HR Derby skills.
3) Hank Aaron Finally Passed Alphabetically (2004) – An unlikely record held for nearly 50 years by Hank Aaron is passed on this day when Giants pitcher David Aardsma makes his major league debut. “Hammerin’ Hank” will no longer be the first player named alphabetically in baseball history books.
No luck for all you old Kurt Abbott fans out there.
2) First DH in Major League History (1973) – Ron Blomberg of the Yankees becomes the first designated hitter in history in a game at Fenway Park. In the monumental at-bat, Blomberg draws a first-inning bases-loaded walk off righty Luis Tiant, and later becomes the first DH to get a hit when he singles in the third.
The only “DH” Marlins fans should know is Dan Haren.
1) Pirates Retire Roberto Clemente’s Number (1971) – On Opening Day at Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates retire Roberto Clemente’s uniform number, 21, posthumously. The right fielder had an untimely death when the plane he was in crashed while delivering assistance to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
The Marlins are proud to honor Clemente’s legacy every season in September.
Speaking of this day in baseball history, don’t miss Opening Day on April 6th at Marlins Park! First pitch against the Atlanta Braves will be at 4:10 p.m.
Plus, make sure you get to the ballpark early for an array of pregame entertainment that starts at 3:15 p.m. With live broadcasts, music, games and more, it’ll be fun for the whole Fish Family!
Today, it was announced that the Miami Marlins and left fielder Christian Yelich have agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 season, with a club option for 2022.
In honor of today’s agreement, here are 10 reasons to be excited that Christian will be part of the Fish Family for a long time:
10. Stellar range.
Despite not playing outfield everyday prior to being drafted, Christian has made massive strides under the tutelage of Outfield Coach Brett Butler, Hall of Famer Andre Dawson and Mr. Marlin himself, Jeff Conine.
9. Gold Glove-caliber
Last year, Christian led the entire Major Leagues in fielding percentage as a left fielder (.996).
For his efforts he was awarded his first career Gold Glove.
8. He catches everything.
From shoestring catches…
to screamers down the line…
to balls not even in the field of play…
Christian is a vacuum.
7. Wheelin’ n’ Dealin’.
#SpeedKills may be new teammate Dee Gordon’s catch phrase but Yelly is no slouch on the base paths.
His 21 stolen bases last season led the Marlins, and ranked ninth among National League outfielders. Look for him at the top of the Marlins’ lineup for years to come.
6. The Hits Keep Coming.
According to STATS LCC, last season, Christian became only the third player age 22 or younger since 2009 to record a hitting-streak of 17-plus games.
And at 23 years-old, he’s only getting better.
5. Heart & Hustle.
In only his first full season, the Marlins named Christian their recipient for the Heart and Hustle Award.
Each year, the honor is awarded to the player that demonstrate a passion for the game and best embodies its values, spirits and traditions.
4. Patient At The Plate.
Batting lead off for the Fish since mid-2013, Christian has consistently found ways to get on base.
In 2014, his .365 on-base percentage ranked second best among all Major League leadoff hitters.
3. Batters Eye.
In the National League in 2014, only Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals saw more pitches per at bat than Christian (4.25).
With sluggers Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Morse and Marcell Ozuna looming behind him, Christian’s ability to wear down opposing pitchers can’t be understated.
2. Walk It Off.
The 2014 Marlins had a flair for dramatics, tallying 11 walk-off wins over the course of the season.
Christian was responsible for not one…
But two magical walk-off wins:
Keep those water bottles ready in 2015.
1. The Future Is Bright.
In November when the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton agreed to a thirteen-year contract extension, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill and General Manager Dan Jennings called it the first of many positive moves.
Thus far, Mike and Dan have delivered, bolstering the Marlins’ young core with trades for Dee Gordon, Aaron Crow, Mat Latos, Dan Haren, Martin Prado and David Phelps. Throw in the signing of first baseman Michael Morse, and the Fish are a team on the rise!
Recently, the Marlins outfield, made up of Christian, center fielder Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton has been called the best in baseball.
— MLB (@MLB) March 19, 2015
Christian in left, Giancarlo in right, for a long time.
Not too bad. Right, Fish Family?
Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is known for his cannon of an arm…
His monster home runs…
And his really clever handshakes…
But there’s one thing about Ozuna most people don’t know: he loves karaoke!
Want proof? Look no further than to his own Instagram page, where the slugger regularly posts videos of himself singing and rapping to the beat of his favorite Latin tunes.
With so many videos to choose from, it was hard for us to pick a top three!
Scroll down to see him showing off his pipes in our list of The Best Of Marcell Ozuna’s Instagram Videos:
#3 – That’s genuine happiness right there.
#2 – We call this one the “Doogie Doogie Doogie Doogie.”
#1 – Nothing like a slow-jam serenade.
There’s plenty more where these came from! For more vocal silliness, follow Ozuna on Instagram at @thebigbear13ozuna.
As we all know, Jeff Conine has a pretty impressive resume:
- Two-time All-Star
- Two-time World Series Champion
- 6 career grand slams
- And more (read more here)!
But did you know he should add recording artist to the list? You bet! Let us explain…
Back in 2005, Good Sports Recordings, Inc. released a CD called “Oh Say Can You Sing?.” The CD features 10 MLB players singing their own renditions of popular songs and a portion of the proceeds were donated to the players’ charities of their choice. Of course Jeff got in on this action!
Listen to Niner’s rendition of Plush by the Stone Temple Pilots. We’re sure it will make your day:
And there you have it, Mr. Marlin: former baseball player and TV commentator by day, rockstar by night!
The #FishFamily is strong! Since the beginning of Marlins history, we have seen quite a handful of unforgettable Marlins fans.
In no particular order – check out the ones whose legacy as Marlins fanatics lives on even to this day…
10 – The Golden Girls – It could be a response to one of those “You know you’re a real Marlins fan when…” questions. If you got down with Sandy and Rose at Joe Robbie Stadium, you know you’re a real Marlins fan.
9 – Marlins Maniac – Ernie Gorwood would call himself the Marlins Maniac. This Broward County firefighter was famous for his helmet with 20 blinking lights and multi-colored rhinestones, a number 99 jersey covered in patches, as well as a face full of makeup that his wife applied for over an hour and a half before games.
8 – First Fan in the Building – The look on his face as the 1st Marlins fan to enter Marlins Park on Opening Night 2012 says it all.
7 – Chewbacca – This Marlins fan would bear some pretty crazy heat and pretty long rain delays. He gets our vote for Wookie of the Year.
6 – @LatinoLoco4rwf a.k.a. Jose Guy!- In the age of Twitter and social media, no Marlins fan has stood out more than Andres Salgado and his steadfast passion for the Fish! When Jose went down with an injury, Andres stepped up (see: #Diehard Fish fan vows to not shave until Jose Fernandez returns). He even appeared on MLB Network to update us on his progress, which you can read about here. Recovery from Tommy John surgery is estimated to be between 12-18 months, so Andres’ efforts are going to be pretty epic!
5 – The Dancing King – Marlins fans break the sound-o-meters whenever Tony Gimenez is up on the Marlins Vision screen at Marlins Park. It’s safe to say that Dancing Tony knows how to bust out some moves! He has been married to his wife, Lydia, for over 60 years and continues to kiss his wife on the Kiss Cam! You can see Tony G. dance the night away at every home game in the Jose’s Heroes seating areas (learn more about Jose’s Heroes by visiting marlins.com/josesheroes).
4 – Sign Guy – This guy always has had the right sign at the right moment. For example, when Omar Infante hit the first home run at Marlins Park, guess who so happened to have an INFANTE sign ready? This guy. He’s a frequent visitor of Marlins games, is the eternal optimist and leaves no sign behind!
3 – The Pin Man – Louis Mendez Sr. of Miami Lakes was famously known as The Pin Man. One of the biggest and most recognized annual season ticket holders for the Miami Marlins, Mendez attended every Marlins home game wearing a leather vest covered with pins. Although he passed away in 2010, his legacy lives on and his pin-filled vest is memorialized at Marlins Park near the Bobblehead Museum on the Promenade level.
2 – Muscle Boy – Before the Marlins’ Muscle Boy was on national TV as a guest on “Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out” (read more here), Ryan Kurlander flexed his muscles with all his might in front of thousands of Marlins fans to the song “Macho Man” during a pitching switch. He was an icon not only among fans, but among baseball players from around the league. It just so happens that even Mets pitcher Al Leiter had to get his hands on an autographed Muscle Boy t-shirt! Keep on flexing those muscles, Muscle Boy!
1 – The #MarlinsMan! You know… that mystery fan with the best seats at all the best sporting events? It turns out, he’s actually not a mystery fan anymore! Meet Laurence Leavy, a Marlins superfan and season ticket holder who also has an overall passion for sports. He has attended 26 Super Bowls and 80 World Series games and does his best to “pay it forward” and help others along the way. No matter where is he, these days you’ll see him rock the Marlins Red-Orange jersey wherever he goes. Now that’s a #DiehardFish fan!
#FishFamily, are there any diehard fans we missed? Sound off in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FamousFishFans!
It’s time to play… Marlins Celebrity Lookalikes!
Last year, we had some fun pairing your favorite Fish players with their celebrity doppelgangers, which you can see here.
Marcell Ozuna and Kanye West… Mike Redmond and Dr. Cox from “Scrubs”… Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Hyde from “That 70’s Show”… the resemblance is uncanny.
With the 2015 season upon us, we’ve put together a whole new batch of Marlins lookalikes, starting with the obvious:
Christian Yelich = SNL cast member, Pete Davidson
Fair skin, big smile, closely resembling a teenager… they’re basically one in the same.
Tom Koehler = actor, Jeff Daniels
David Phelps = actor Jason Statham
Both Phelps and Statham have mastered the “Blue Steel” look. And check out those matching jawlines…
Andrew McKirahan = legendary Beatle, George Harrison
Are we sure George Harrison isn’t still alive in the form of a Major League Baseball player?
Mike Dunn = Walter White in “Breaking Bad”
“Breaking Bad” may have come to an end, but you can still find this Walter White lookalike on the mound at Marlins Park.
Justin Bour = the Brawny Paper Towels guy
If you thought his paper towels were strong, you should see his home run power.
Were there any we missed? Tweet your Fish player/celebrity twins with the hashtag #MarlinsLookalikes!