President Obama With A Marlins Cap!

Earlier today, President Barack Obama landed in Miami, where he was was greeted by Florida Governor and #FishFamily member, Rick Scott — and a Marlins cap.

 

 

A passionate Marlins fan, Scott told the media, “I brought him a hat for the All-Star Game,” referring to the recent announcement that Marlins Park will be hosting the Midsummer Classic for the first time in 2017.

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But this isn’t the first interaction a U.S. President has had with the Marlins

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Presidents are always welcome in the #FishFamily.

Giancarlo’s Body Painting: An Inside Look

If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

After baring all in last year’s ESPN’s The Body Issue, Giancarlo Stanton is taking his modeling to the next level, gracing the latest cover of Sports Illustrated in nothing but body paint.

The 6’6″ Marlins stud becomes the first ever male athlete to be body-painted for the magazine, as well as the first athlete to grace its cover in body paint.

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It didn’t hurt that he was joined at the shoot by someone who knows a thing or two about getting their body painted: SI Swimsuit model Erin Heatherton, who gave Stanton some helpful insight.

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Despite spending nearly 15 hours in the makeup chair, Stanton was all-smiles with artist Joanne Gair.

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No word yet on whether the Marlins will be switching to painted uniforms this season — but we’ll be on the lookout…

 

For behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the shoot, click the image below:

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Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter joined MLB Network’s Hot Stove earlier today to discuss Stanton’s body painting experience for the shoot. Watch here.

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UPDATE: Stanton gives his take on the body paint photo shoot. Click the image to view.

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Sneak Peek: Marlins 2015 Giveaway Schedule

It’s an On Cloud Conine exclusive! It’s that time to unveil the Marlins 2015 Giveaways schedule!

Like past seasons, there will be 15 giveaway items – including one for each Sunday home game of the 2015 season. With tickets going on sale during Saturday’s Winter Warm-Up fanfest event, these 15 bad boys will help you figure out which games you want to come out to!

There aren’t pictures for all of them available yet, but here’s what’s available! Let’s see what Marlins goodies the #FishFamily will be adding to their collection:

1 – First off, let’s get your refrigerator into Marlins mode:

Miami Marlins Magnetic 2015 Schedule | courtesy of Leon Medical Centers
Opening Night – Monday, April 6th – All Fans
Braves vs. Marlins
No Photo Available (yet)!
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2 – Next up, always deemed the most practical giveaway of every Marlins season…

Miami Marlins 2015 Calendar 
Sunday, April 12th – First 10,000 Fans
Rays vs. Marlins
No Photo Available (yet)!
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3 – A Gold Glove Award deserves a giveaway! Christian will get the real thing during pregame festivities on Opening Day, but fans can get this replica on 4/26!

Christian Yelich Replica Gold Glove Trophy | courtesy of Pepsi
Sunday, April 26th – First 10,000 Fans
Nationals vs. Marlins
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4 – Last year Julio The Octopus was represented as a giveaway item… but as we know, Bob always catches up with Julio…

Bob The Shark Sea Creature Plush Doll | courtesy of Avianca Airlines
Sunday, May 3rd – First 5,000 Kids
Phillies vs. Marlins
Bob The Shark
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5 – Because all kids want to be as big as “Big G!” This giveaway comes in at a full 6′ 6″!

Giancarlo Stanton Growth Chart | courtesy of Fox Sports Florida
Sunday, May 17th – First 5,000 Kids
Braves vs. Marlins
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6 – Look “B.P. Fresh”…

Miami Marlins Kids Batting Practice Jacket | courtesy of Stanley Tools
Sunday, May 24th – First 5,000 Kids
Orioles vs. Marlins
Pullover Jacket
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7 – Shop “green” while repping for the Fish!

Miami Marlins Recyclable Grocery Tote Bag | courtesy of MLB Network
Sunday, June 14th – All Fans
Rockies vs. Marlins
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8 – In honor of his retirement, this will be a part of a Josh Beckett Appreciation Day! Josh himself will be here in the flesh on this day!

2003 World Series Replica Ring | courtesy of Fox Sports Florida
Sunday, June 28th – First 10,000 Fans
Dodgers vs. Marlins
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9 – So You Think You Can Dance? Take home a poster featuring your favorite Energy Team members!

Marlins Energy Team Poster
Friday, July 10th – First 10,000 Fans
Reds vs. Marlins
No Photo Available (yet)!

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10 – Drumroll please… here’s your chance to bring Planet Henderson to your home! Gotta love that old-time first pitch he throws!

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Sunday, July 12th – First 10,000 Fans
Reds vs. Marlins
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11 – Last year “Big G” and Henderson represented. Who will be our All-Stars in Cincinnati this year? They’ll be on this poster!

Marlins All-Star Poster | courtesy of Franklin Dodd Communications
Sunday, August 2nd – All Fans
Padres vs. Marlins
No Photo Available (yet)!
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12 – Who should it be? Vote!

Marlins Player T-Shirt | courtesy of Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
Sunday, August 23rd – First 10,000 Fans
Phillies vs. Marlins
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13 – Big Bear’s big day! It may even have you dancing with Brett Butler!

Marcell Ozuna Bobblehead | courtesy of Pepsi
Sunday, September 6th – First 10,000 Fans
Mets vs. Marlins
No Photo Available (yet)!
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14 – The 2013 Rookie of the Year gets his own figurine!

Jose Fernandez Figurine 
Sunday, September 13th – First 10,000 Fans
Nationals vs. Marlins
No Photo Available (yet)!
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15 – As if your fridge didn’t have enough swagger already…

Miami Marlins 2016 Magnetic Schedule
Sunday, September 27th – All Fans
Braves vs. Marlins
No Photo Available (yet)!
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For a complete list of the Miami Marlins 2015 promotions please visit marlins.com/promotions.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at the Winter Warm-Up fanfest event at Marlins Park (and on marlins.com).

Which Legendary Basketball Coach is a Proud Marlins Fan?

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Head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Louisville, Rick Pitino is known for many things:

  • Two-time NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Champion (1996, 2013)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame inductee
  • Former Head Coach of the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics
  • #DieHardFish Fan and Miami Marlins Season Ticket Holder?!

Yep. You read that last one correctly.

Last night, Pitino and his Cardinals were down in Coral Gables for a matchup against the Miami Hurricanes Men’s basketball team. Following the Cardinals’ 63-55 victory over Miami, Pitino ended his post-game press conference with his thoughts on the #FightinFish:

 

Here’s that quote again:

“I’m a diehard Miami Marlins fan, and I have four season tickets. I’m really happy with the Marlins, what they’re doing there. You can find me right behind the visitors’ dugout.” – Rick Pitino

 

Still not a believer?

Here’s our broadcast Fox Sports Florida finding Rick enjoying some of the best seats in the house:

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(Great score, too, right?)

There you have it! One of the greatest coaches in collegiate basketball is part of the Fish Family!

Want to join Rick in the Fish Family? Visit marlins.com/seasontickets to browse Full, Half, 20-Game Mini Plans and the ever-popular, José’s Heroes Ticket Plan.

Best of luck the rest of the season, Coach Pitino. When March Madness winds down, we look forward to seeing you back at Marlins Park!

Marlins Twitter Reacts To Super Bowl XLIX

The craziness of Super Bowl XLIX left many people running to Twitter to share their thoughts one of the wildest, strangest and most controversial Super Bowls of all-time.

Your Marlins players were no different.

From kickoff to the final whistle, the Marlins roster couldn’t stopped gabbing about the New England Patriots’ 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

 

Before kickoff, Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich gave his prediction for the Big Game:

 

Pitcher Jarred Cosart did Christian one better. He challenged his Twitter peeps to predict the winner and score:

 

Always the jokester, Cosart’s rotation-mate Tom Koehler decided to get in on the fun:

 

In fairness to the #MarlinFamily, Jarred offered “The Big Salad” his own prize:

 

The conversation really chirped up (Twitter-PUN intended) during the final two minutes of the game.

When Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson converted a 33-yard pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, some had strong opinions:

 

Other Marlins were left speechless:

 

New Marlins first baseman Michael Morse was likely going crazy:

 

After cornerback Malcolm Butler saved the Patriots’ season with a game-ending interception, Christian took the time to troll correct himself:

 

Like the rest of the world, Marlins players had strong feelings regarding Seattle’s decision to throw the ball on 2-and-1 on New England’s one-yard line:

 

Either way, Super Bowl XLIX will be remembered as a classic:

 

The big Marlins winner of the night? That’d be Massachusetts-native and big New England Patriots fan, Steve Cishek:

 

Unfortunately, a Seahawks victory could have encouraged skipper and Washington state-native Mike Redmond to fire off a rare but always entertaining tweet; like after the NFC Championship Game:

 

Win or lose, with football season officially over it’s time for baseball! Right, Justin?

 

P.S. This year’s Super Bowl commercials needed a little work. At least relief pitcher Bryan Morris thought so!

Top 10 Reasons To Vote Giancarlo For Face Of MLB

UPDATE: Giancarlo Advances To Round 2!

Thanks to you, #MarlinFamily, Giancarlo Stanton has defeated New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and advanced to the second round of MLB Network’s #FaceOfMLB Contest.

Be on the lookout for our next round on Wednesday, February 11th when we face off against Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

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On January 7th, you, the #MarlinFamily named Giancarlo Stanton the #FaceOfMarlins.

Today, Big G faces a new test —

Matched up against Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, Giancarlo needs YOUR help to send him to the next round of MLB Network’s Face Of MLB Contest.

 

In a rematch of the 2003 World Series, let’s pull off another upset of the Yanks!

Here are the Top 10 Reasons To Vote Giancarlo for Face Of MLB:

10 Because he makes opposing pitchers spectators:

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Because his home runs make teammates react like this:

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8 Even opposing managers are in awe of Giancarlo’s power:

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7 Because you know Billy The Marlin’s got Giancarlo’s back:

 

Because his Beyonce impression his on point:

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Because he’s the real Captain America:

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4 Because… the Body Issue:

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Because you don’t ever leave your seat when Giancarlo is coming to bat:

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Because if you do, you’ll probably miss this:

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Or this:

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500 foot home runs, walk-off grand slams, Giancarlo, you can do it all.

Marlin Family, cast your vote for Giancarlo by tweeting hashtags #FaceOfMLB and #GiancarloStanton! Or by just retweeting everything we post today!

Or vote online at MLB Network.

Voting concludes tomorrow at 8:00 a.m., so vote early, vote often and vote Stanton.

Giancarlo Stanton a Miss Universe Judge

He’s the 2014 NL Home Run champ, he’s a #FishForLife, and now, he’s a #MissUniverse judge!? Yup, you heard that right!

Broadcasting live from the 3-0-5 on national television, “Big G” represented the #MarlinFamily while posting up next to Manny Pacquiao, DeSean Jackson, William Levy, Kristin Cavallari, Emilio Estefan and others!

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He even posted a pic with boxer (and fellow judge) Manny Pacquiao!

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And here he is taking a mid-show selfie with his fellow judges.

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Unfortunately for us, Giancarlo did not take the opportunity to show off his classic Beyonce impression:

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Congratulations to Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, on her new title!

 

Three of the Most Famous Dancers in America Are Former Marlins

Remember that Miami dancer who won “So You Think You Can Dance” a few months ago? Ever seen Pitbull’s backup dancers performing on New Year’s Eve and all around the world?

Did you know they were former Marlins? Read on…

Marlins Energy Team

 

You may have heard that Open Auditions for the 2015 Miami Marlins Energy Team are just a few weeks away. The Marlins are looking for high-energy male and female dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders and break dancers to pump up the #MarlinFamily at home games, community events and appearances.

What you may not know is that several famous dancers got their beginnings with the Marlins…

 

Back in the days of the Florida Marlins, you may remember the Marlins Mermaids. These lovely ladies performed in-game dance routines and rooted on the Fish in the last few years of Teal and Black at JRS.

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Two of those Mermaids, Stef and Adriana, went on to become backup dancers for Mr. 305, Mr. Worldwide, himself, Pitbull!
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Recently while visiting the set of Good Morning America, Stef and Adriana recorded a special message for the #MarlinFamily and future Marlins dancers. Check out the link!

 

But that’s not all… remember the name Ricky Ubeda? We covered his story in an earlier OCC post. Ricky was crowned the champion of the 11th season of  So You Think You Can Dance.

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But back in the 2000’s, Ricky was a member of the Marlins Minnows, a dance group consisting of kids ages 8-13 years old who performed hip-hop and jazz dances in front of the crowds at Florida Marlins games.

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Now Ricky’s a star!

 

Marlins Energy Team Ricky Ubeda

 

Are you the Marlins’ next hidden dancing talent? Find out Saturday, January 24th at Marlins Park! For more information please visit marlins.com/energyteam.

 

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UPDATE: He Still Won’t Shave Until José Returns

Today #Marlins fans can help choose the Face Of The Marlins by tweeting hashtag #FaceOfTheMarlins with their choice’s #FirstNameLastName or by visiting www.mlb.com/faceofmlb.

In honor of #FaceOfTheMarlin Day, celebrity Marlins fan Andres (@latinoloco4rwf) was invited on MLB Network’s Hot Stove Show to provide an update on a vow he made last season.

Watch Andres’ entire interview representing the #MarlinFamily here:

 

Last May, when star pitcher José Fernandez went down with a season-ending injury, Andres made the ultimate gesture.

He vowed not to shave his beard or his head until José returned to the mound for the Marlins:

 

As Andres’ hair grew, so did his story:

 

Eight months in, Andres has never looked better!

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Follow Andres (@latinoloco4rwf) as he enters his bearded homestretch and remember to cast your vote for #FaceOfTheMarlin by 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 7th.

Top Moment of the Marlins’ 2014 Season: #1

1 – 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!

Video: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/28898650/v32185619/seamia-stanton-crushes-a-walkoff-grand-slam

 

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Relive the other 11 top moments here:

12 – September 8th-11th – Four in a Row for Ozo!

11 – August 25th – Cosart Stifles the Angels

10 – July 14th – Home Run Derby Moonshot

9 –  April 22nd – Fernandez vs. Wood Duel

8 – March 31st – Opening Night

7 – August 2nd – Yelich Walk-Off

6 – April 29th – May 7th Homestand

5 – June 3rd – Henderson Does It Again

4 – August 11th – The Human Highlight Reel

3 – August 23rd – #Hech4GG, Really

2 – June 20th – Don’t Run on Ozuna

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