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Marlins Park may currently be set up for soccer and missing the infield, but that doesn’t mean we are shut down for business. RBI participants came out early Saturday morning to take part in an instructional baseball clinic highlighted by guest instructors Cliff Floyd (Marlins: 1997-2002) and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. The two former Marlins worked the kids out in both the home and visiting batting cages, working on front toss and various hitting drills emphasizing balance and bat speed. The clinic was not limited to the cages, had Marlins bullpen catcher Jeff Urguelles and RBI alumnus/ front office employee Danny Vargas worked with pitchers who had the opportunity to throw off the bullpen mounds. Finally, no clinic would be complete without an on-field defensive component, which the players received from another RBI graduate, George Barber.
This was not a day reserved for merely baseball; following the countless swings and throws, the participants made their way to the dugout club for a special presentation by Jose Correa and the “Play in College” program. It was great seeing the players engaged as they learned about all the opportunities and dollars available for them to continue their pursuit of higher education and playing the sport they love.
For many of these kids it was their first time ever stepping foot on a major league field and I was told by a parent that “surely this will be a day that they will not soon forget…” to which I replied, “They won’t forget it, and don’t call me Shirley.”
On November 5th, Marlins Ayudan Team Pulse led by Senior Vive President of Marketing Sean Flynn spent the afternoon helping the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade prepare for their next softball tournament. They played catch, fielded ground ball and pop ups, and even received instruction from Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. The excitement and joy in these athletes faces when they would make a great play or get a base hit during a scrimmage was priceless. Days like this truly capture the impact that a Major League baseball team can have on their community by sharing the gift of baseball. This is the second consecutive year this event has been held at Gulliver Prep and it has left a lasting impression on all who participate, both athletes and volunteers alike, including myself.
Upon introducing the new internship class of 2012, our President David Samson said, “This internship is not strictly about baseball. This is a business…the business of making memories.” That one statement, not only left a valuable impression on how I perceive my everyday job but my viewpoint on all major league sports. In the entertainment industry, making memories is at the very core of every task carried out. It is the foundation of the Miami Marlins and now my very own mantra. Below is a picture of All Star Player Andre Dawson with the future baseball players of America who were celebrating a tenth birthday they’ll never forget. This is one of my favorite pictures and captures the essence of “memory making.”