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Marlins Wives Tackle Box Auction

Amidst the excitement of Nathan Evoldi’s Marlins debut and a thrilling 4-2 Marlins victory, fans in attendance did their best Brad Pitt impression by posing the question, “What’s in the box!” That’s right, on July 28th the annual Wives Tackle Box Auction took place. The Marlins Wives collected some of their husbands’ favorite items, gift cards to their restaurants and leisure activities of choice, along with unique autographed items and displayed them in tackle boxes (cuz we’re “the fish”… get it) for fans to bid on.

The event has come and gone and after raising over $6,000 to benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami, here is a look back at some of the unique items up for auction.
Steve Cishek offered up a private pitching lesson at Marlins Park, to go along with an autographed golf photo of himself and a limited edition Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle from his personal collection. Veteran infielder Carlos Lee included an authentic signed Panama jersey from the World Baseball Classic to go along with autographed programs and brochures from his very own cattle ranch for those of you interested in beef for your next bbq. Have you been watching “The Franchise”? If so, you would have recognized LoMo’s Stewie shirt that he wore on the show and was included in his box to go along with autographed items like his toothbrush holder and gift certificates to Mr. Yum’s sushi restaurant, home of the LoMo roll. These are just a handful of cool items that were auctioned off at the event and maybe next year you can be the winner of a suite night compliments of Ozzie Guillen, or hitting lessons with “The Most Interesting Man in Baseball,” Greg Dobbs.

2012 Tackle Boxes included: Jose Reyes, Mark Buehlre, Carlos Lee, Ozzie Guillen, Brett Hayes, John Buck, Justin Ruggiano, Logan Morisson, Emilio Bonifacio, Steve Cishek, Donnie Murphy, Greg Dobbs

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Little Big League

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On a scorching hot Saturday morning, well before gates were open or anyone began tailgating (or even had breakfast for that matter), Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek and outfielder Justin Ruggiano were throwing on their batting practice jerseys and getting ready to make dreams come true. A group of 30 kids had the opportunity to receive one on one instruction at Marlins Park from a couple of big leaguers. Cishek hosted the kids in the home bullpen working on balancing drills and having them throw off the mound, while Ruggiano worked with them in the cages hitting off the tee and soft tossing. The look on these kids faces as they walked in and out of the Marlins dugout and onto the field was priceless. On this Saturday morning, those kids were big leaguers thanks to a couple of players who value the importance of giving back.