Fantasy Auction: Thank You!
Last August, we held the Fox Sports Fantasy Auction which was an enormous success. Not only did we raise over $90,000 dollars to benefit the Marlins Education Fund, but we were able to provide some unique, once in a lifetime experiences for our incredible fan base. Don’t just take my word for it, here is a selection from our winner of “Road Trip with the Marlins,” Rob Koppelman:
“As a long-time Marlins fan, and a lifelong fan of baseball, it was a pleasure and a privilege to make the weekend trip to New York and stay in the team’s hotel in Manhattan.
The trip included many highlights in addition to the field-level seats behind the Marlins’ dugout for each of the weekend’s three games against the Mets at Citi Field. Prior to Friday evening’s game, I was given a field pass to observe batting practice. But, that was made all the more enjoyable when Marlins’ television broadcaster Rich Waltz introduced me to several of the players, including Jose Reyes, Justin Ruggiano, Jeff Brantley and Carlos Lee. For a 53 year-old college professor, it seemed a little strange asking these players for autographs, but I was given an official MLB baseball for this purpose, and became a kid again in doing so.
Following Saturday afternoon’s game, broadcaster Craig Minervini took me to dinner at the Shake Shack in midtown Manhattan. … It was a bonus to have Craig interview me in the stands during Sunday’s finale, and he gave me a chance to tell a story I had shared with him the night before.
As I look back on the weekend, I feel nothing but respect for the Marlins Foundation, the people associated with the team whom I met, and gratitude for having had this opportunity to see the Marlins up close and personal.”
It always feels good to be able to provide people with this kind of unique experience, all while benefitting charity. We’re all looking forward to this year’s Fantasy Auction… In the meantime, you can always checkout some great auction items available year-round at marlins.com/auction.
Enjoy a gallery of some of our fans’ experiences! Thank you for being part of such a great event!