Benny Rodriguez: Man, this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking. Just have fun. – The Sandlot
On Sunday, October 28th, Marlins Park hosted a once-of-a-lifetime game between the mighty South Florida Sandlot 13u’s and the brave Pembroke Lakes 13u Bulldogs! These little leaguers got to play ball like the big boys with access to the club houses, dug out and a Fox Sports Florida presence. The game was a teeth clincher as it ended tied at 2-2!
This opportunity was given to these two incredible teams through the Field of Dreams Experience, won at the Marlins’ Foundation Fantasy Auction Event.
Last week, Stephanie, Joanne and I had the pleasure of visiting the Sunrise Community. Our time spent with the Sunrise Community touched our lives.
Sunrise Community is an organization whose mission is to “provide people with disabilities the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.”
Through group residential homes, assisted living, residential habilitation services, dedication and love, this incredible organization offers a large variety of services in efforts to grant disabled individuals with the independence they desire. These communities are inspirational, as employees and patients become like family. The progress seen in their members is remarkable.
Please visit http://www.sunrisegroup.org/ for more information!
On Sunday, October 28th, former Marlin Cliff Floyd hosted a Man Cave Experience as part of a mini-board auction item won at this year’s Marlins Fox Sports Fantasy Auction presented by The Clevelander and Tommy Bahama. The Ruebens family enjoyed a fully catered football watch party at the All-Star left fielder’s home!
The Miami Marlins went to bat against breast cancer this past Saturday at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. Marlins front office staff, Billy the Marlin and the RBI Softball team joined survivors and supports for the 17th Annual 5K at Bayfront Park. Before the race the Marlins passed out towels to breast cancer survivors.
Our team just announced that we have signed Adam Greenberg to a one-day Major League contract. Greenberg will appear with the Marlins on October 2 vs. the Mets at Marlins Park, to record his first official Major League at-bat. Adam made his Major League debut on July 9, 2005 with the Cubs vs. the Marlins but was hit in the back of his head in his only Major League plate appearance. He is currently one of only two players ever to be hit by a pitch in his first-and-only Major League plate appearance and never take the field.
Adam will donate his one-day salary to the Marlins Foundation! We will donate to the Sports Legacy Institute – an organization that advances the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.
Here’s a shot of Marlins President David Samson and Adam from the Today Show (9/27/12).
“Life’s going to throw you curveballs or a fastball to the back of your head, you know? I got hit by one of them and it knocked me down. I could have stayed there. I had a choice. I could’ve said ‘Poor me. This is horrible.’ But I chose to get up and get back in the box. That’s kind of the message to everyone. No matter what is going on in their own personal life, get back up. Keep going. And if you do that, good things do happen. Sometimes it takes seven years. But you know? Anything is possible and this just shows what’s possible.’’ Adam Greenberg