Sometimes Justise Winslow goes to Marlins games. And sometimes Justise Winslow even catches opponent home run balls and throws them back onto the field to his friend Christian Yelich.
The Heat star was visiting Marlins Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and take in one of the remaining few regular season ballgames of the Marlins’ Postseason-contending 2016 season. He even hung out with Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich before the game and made friends.
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— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 22, 2016
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) September 23, 2016
If you’re a Spanish-speaking Marlins fan, you probably do a Felo Ramírez impression.
As it turns out, so does Rich Waltz:
The Fox Sports Florida play-by-play man shared his Felo impression with the world. The truth is Felo probably has millions who do an impression of him, seeing as how Felo has been calling games since 1949 – all the way back to calling Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series.
Do you do a Felo? Share it with us on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #MyFeloImpression.
The tools to his excellence and the keys to his mastery of the game of Baseball. Ichiro’s bats are almost as much of a mystery as the man, himself.
We’ve heard the stories of storing his bats in humidors to control the humidity they are exposed to. (I think everyone here in Miami could use some control from the humidity.)
Well now we get a chance to see the bats themselves before they are produced.
These won’t be used by Ichiro though, these are the 3,000 being made by the Marlins as part of this ticket offer for the 9/25 celebration. These bats, which will be individually numbered one through 3000, are being manufactured in Japan by Mizuno, full-sized and humidity-free, just like the ones Ichiro uses.
The bats are available and going quickly at marlins.com/ichiro. You, too, can own one! (Shameless plug.)
For Ichiro’s fans around the world, the bats can be shipped both domestically and internationally at an additional cost to the purchaser.
Putting in work on Labor Day.
In the second inning of today’s game, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon hit a liner down the third base line. What followed was max effort by one Marlins fan:
While he may have come up empty-handed, the fan’s efforts were recognized with a standing ovation from those throughout the ballpark.
Cap tip to the #FishFamily for recognizing the toughness of one of their own, and to this loyal fan, whoever you are. Your toughness and efforts are an example to all.
Remember Juan Miguel Diaz? A year after celebrating his 103rd birthday at Marlins Park, the longtime Marlins fan, grandfather and father is back!
Last year, Juan enjoyed a birthday party surrounded by family and friends. The Marlins even surprised Diaz with his own jersey and a trip around the diamond postgame.
This year, to welcome the now 104 year-old back, Billy The Marlin and the Marlins Energy Team stopped by to wish Juan well:
Pretty sure the Marlins have a rule that if you’re 100 years or older, you have to get a high-five from Billy The Marlin.
Recently acquired pitcher, Fernando Rodney has been a welcomed addition to a loaded Marlins bullpen that already features A.J. Ramos, David Phelps and Kyle Barraclough. In only two short weeks, the new Marlins setup man is already turning heads, as well as caps, with his high velocity fastball and Cotton-eyed Joe dance moves:
Recently, many Fish took to Twitter to ask why Rodney, a 14-year veteran, dons his baseball cap crooked to the left. Marlins radio broadcaster Glenn Geffner has got the scoop:
As a child in the Dominican Republic, Fernando’s father, Ulise, guided him towards baseball even though he was more interested in pursuing boxing. Ulise lost his battle with cancer just one week before Fernando made his Major League debut for the Tigers in 2002. Fernando honors his father’s memory every day, not only by wearing his cap to the side, but also by his unique bow and arrow celebration, where he says he’s pointing to his dad.
Fernando was named to his third All-Star Game this year. Watch him as he represents the National League tonight at 8 PM on FOX.
José Fernández, Marcell Ozuna, A.J. Ramos and Fernando Rodney were named to the National League All-Star team yesterday, tying the Marlins franchise record for most players named to the All-Star roster. It’s also the first time in franchise history that three pitchers have made the team.
Now, there’s no doubt that all four Marlins All-Stars are great at baseball and deserving of the trip to San Diego. However, did you know that all four also have moves like Jagger, too?
José Fernández has recorded the most strikeouts before the All-Star break in franchise history and he can get jiggy with it:
A.J. Ramos ranks third in the Majors in saves and earned his first trip to the MLB All-Star Game and likely could make the Just Dance All-Star team as well:
Fernando Rodney leads all Major League relievers with a .143 average against. Fernando’s been with the Fish for a week and he’s already Cotton-Eye-Joeing:
Marcell Ozuna is in the top five among NL outfielders in batting average, home runs, hits, runs, triples and slugging percentage. When he busts a move it usually involves a very elaborate handshake:
Be sure to tune in to the MLB All-Star Game next Tuesday at 8 PM on FOX as four Fish take their talents to the Pacific coast. With any luck, we’ll see a few of them bust a move as well.
It’s no secret that Marlins first base/infield coach Perry Hill is the best in the business. In his four consecutive seasons with the Fish, and ninth overall, Hill has turned promising infielder after promising infielder into Gold Glovers, including Luis Castillo, Derrek Lee and, most recently, Dee Gordon.
Good defense is nothing new for the recent Marlins, either. In 2015, the Fish set single-season fielding records in fewest errors committed (77) and fielding percentage (.987). This year, the Fish have taken defense to a new level:
According to STATS LLC, the Marlins infield’s streak of 26 games without an error by an infielder is the longest by any team since at least 1913 (when official records began).
The last time a Marlins infielder had a miscue? Almost a full months ago on May 29th in a 7-3 win over Atlanta.
The best infield defense in over 103 years? In the famous words of Perry Hill, “Stop It!”
You know nothing… Tom Koehler?!
Twitter was a buzz last night following the Marlins big series win over the Cubs, and of course the Season 6 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones. With the Fish coming off a 7-3 homestand and moving a season-best six games over .500, Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler summoned his inner-direwolf by sharing his best Jon Snow impersonation on Instagram.
The North may remember, but T.K.’s teammates were not impressed:
While he may not be the real King of the North, as of late, T.K. has been a warrior on the mound. In his last 10 starts, Tom has posted a 2.92 ERA, picking up wins in three of his last four starts.
Pro tip. The Fish are offering a way to get a player autograph this weekend.
Any fan that donates a new or gently-used piece of baseball or softball equipment will automatically receive an autographed card from a select Marlins player. It’s all part of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive. The equipment will be donated to children throughout South Florida who can’t afford their own equipment.
Bring your items for donation to either the 1st or 3rd Base Entrance on Saturday from 2-4 PM or on Sunday from 11:30 AM-1 PM.
Oh, and we hear a local sporting good store is going out-of-business and has some deals. Just sayin’.