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In its fifteenth installment at Marlins Park, the Marlins Ayudan Career Workshop Series was as exciting as ever today.
The first workshop of 2014 took place today featuring presentations from Marlins Supervisor of Promotions, Ralph Capdevila, and Radio Broadcaster, Glenn Geffner. Check out the photos below and to learn more about the Marlins Ayudan Career Workshop Series, visit www.marlins.com/maspp .
To follow up on this list, I’d like to share some of the experiences that touched me personally. If you think our young roster is exciting on the field, just spend a few minutes with them off the field. Here are some of the moments from last week in which I realized the depth of character of the young men that make up the Miami Marlins…
Infielder Derek Dietrich was asked to join students on an Art Education Tour of Marlins Park. A few minute into the tour, he literally beading to LEAD it! Dietrich gave our Elementary friends the inside scoop on each location around the field, dugout, clubhouse, etc. He made sure that they knew that they may never be back in a professional sports clubhouse if they didn’t work hard in school. The impact of his efforts was realized at the end of the tour when one 2nd grader from Citrus Grove Elementary told him, “I do my homework every day. I go to school every day. I want to be a baseball player when I grow up, just like you!”
Pitcher Carter Capps joined students from Miami Edison Middle School at the Frost Science Museum. Though he was itching to see the outdoor water wildlife display, he sacrificed his wants to help guide students in the classroom portion of their visit. He helped them learn how different races are similar and different.
Pitcher Jacob Turner motivated his kickball team during a pickup game. He talked his roster of 4th graders up, demanding of them not only that they beat Pitcher Brian Flynn’s team, but that they play by the rules like good sports, and have fun!
Now, if our players’ leadership and humility within the Miami community don’t hook you on these guys, then take a minute to remember, they’re human just like us and everybody likes to have a little fun…
Outfielder Brian Bogusevic taking this game of hoops seriously!
Former Manager Jack McKeon laughing it up with our own Director of Community Outreach and Beyond the Ballpark author, Angela Smith!
Through these stories you may feel a little closer to your Miami Marlins. Stop by Spring Training in Jupiter or visit us on March 31st at Marlins Park to get to know us even better! See you soon.
Over all, the best experience of my life. We traveled all over Southwest Asia during this visit overseas and have met so many brave men and women. It is completely different to stay on a military base and witness their lives on a day to day basis versus hearing about it on the news. The troops showed us so much love and gratitude at every base we traveled to. They sincerely loved having a little piece of the States over to recognize them for all their efforts to keep our country safe on the home front. We often heard, “You make me feel at home.” Just to hear that from a soldier who is away from their family for 6-12 months reassured me that I was giving back to our heroes in the best way I could. I had one woman say to me, “You know, we think that people over there forget about us over here. But having you guys visit will boost the morale of our troops for months to come. We really appreciate you guys.” They continued to thank us time and time again for being there, but really we were the lucky ones being given the opportunity to pay it forward and show our troops that they have not been forgotten back at home.
Not only has this trip been humbling, it was educational for all of us. We learned so much about life on a military base and how important each soldier’s functions are to their tight knit community. I really was clueless about the life of a deployed soldier, but coming out of this experience I have a plethora of knowledge and the utmost respect for our men and woman overseas.
Well day 2 is in the books…very busy and hectic day. We had an early start at 6:30 a.m. The day started with a meet-and-greet with the commanding officer and his top aids at our camp. He gave us a lot of detail about how the US troops helped free Kuwait from Iraqi control during the Gulf war. They presented us with certificates of appreciation and we took many photos.
We then went to the chow hall for our first taste of military food. All in all, it was pretty good. They offer many options ranging from full meal, to sandwiches, chicken fingers, etc… also, salad bar and carrot cake!!!
After that we had another meet and greet with a lot of the troops in their community center. We set up autograph and photo lines and spent 1:15 minutes non-stop. Very inspiring to hear their appreciation of us being there. I had a lot of one on one discussions with the troops.
We then proceeded to a softball / baseball field where we had some fun with batting practice with some of the guys. Even yours truly took some hacks…(I’m typing this behind 2 Aleve) It was really fun to interact with the troops in an environment where we felt comfortable.
Following BP, we were escorted to a paladin (tank) demonstration. we crawled inside the tank and they activated the engine and rotated the gun, locked and loaded the artillery and was ready to fire…there are normally 4 people when a tank is in operation, but, they allowed some more of us inside. They re-created an actual lock, load and fire with intense orders and actions….gotta tell ya, the ‘ole ticker was amped up a bit with a huge adrenaline rush. Made a lot of photo’s in and around the tank. Really cool the way they took us in and gave us that type of re-creation.
Finally it was dinner time. We had dinner at camp, this time they set us in the VIP room. Chicken Cordon-Bleu was on the menu. I must say, food was damn good, but….Papi will eat anything. We left dinner and went for another meet-and-greet. There were a lot of troops who followed us from dinner to the meeting room. We signed many autographs and gave away Marlins t-shirts, caps and back-packs. They presented us with an Appreciation gift to the Marlins.
I did a remote live interview with MLB Network following the meet-and-greet. Amazing, the fact that technology allows you to do a live interview from Kuwait via an iPad, back to the states and MLB Network. We had so much fun on the interview, Cliff Floyd video bombed me, creating even more zaniness.
We departed camp, and went into Kuwait City where we arrived at a little league field with 200+ kids and parents chanting “Let’s Go Fish!”…that was pretty cool. We had a Q&A session and signed many, many autographs. Really, a fun way to wrap up a long day!!!
We drove back to camp and stopped at the PX for some of our group to buy towels, shampoo & soap. Then we called it a night.
5:30 a.m. wake-up for a 6:10 bus…military time does not play! At 6:00 a.m. sharp over the loud speakers on the base at a volume of about 10 Revelry blast loud and proud.
Then to my fondest surprise…They played the theme song to my favorite movie, Patton (da na dant da da, na danna dat da da) It was very special, hearing that blare over the speakers all over the base….made me very proud of my country and the young men and women who defend our freedoms. Damn, I love that movie and the theme song will certainly have special meaning for me after hearing it at 6:00 a.m. in that environment.
We drove to Kuwait airport, checked in, and we are sitting here waiting on our flight to our next destination…until next time, this is Dan Jennings signing off…
First of all, thank you to my beautiful wife for the 2:39 a.m. wake up call. Secondly, this morning was a great lesson in appreciation. The latrine is 20 yards from my barrack, there is nothing like walking through a lite rain at 2:30 in morning to use the restroom. So, at 6:30 I make my way to do the three S’s…I have no soap, shampoo, washcloth or towel….so, thus begins the plan of improvising and creativity. I purposely saved my top sheet from my bed last night, when I realized there were no towels. That part was covered. However, the next part was a stroke of survival genius. I strip down for shower, fill my hand with hand soap that is mounted on wall by the sink, dump on my head for shampoo…take my sock & pump some soap into it and there’s the washcloth. This evoked a few stares, especially when I had to come back for more soap! So, I’m clean, (sort of) headed to the PX for breakfast. So today, when you have your shower, be appreciative of the small luxuries we take for granted.
Until next time,