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Every baseball season there are two holidays that I look forward to celebrating with my colleagues and our fans. The first, Opening Day at Marlins Park. You can literally feel the energy surging through you in anticipation for an awesome season to come. The second, Jackie Robinson Day. Every year Jackie Robinson’s legacy is memorialized by Major League Baseball on April 15, which marks the anniversary of when the Hall of Famer broke baseball’s color barrier with his first major league game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. During this day we are reminded that baseball is more than just a game, it serves as a common bond for all people, regardless of race. One man, through his perseverance, heart and values trail-blazed history for many other minority players to enjoy the game of baseball. Reliving history through video clips, photos and presentations on this MLB holiday makes you reflect on how far we have come and how you can make a difference just by standing up for what is right.
The Marlins saluted Jackie Robinson’s heroism and legacy with Marlins President of Baseball Operations, Michael Hill, Marlins Senior Vice President and Legal Council, Derek Jackson, and Marlins Vice President and Executive Director of the Marlins Foundation, Alfredo Mesa, presenting a check for $4,200 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The check was accepted by Christina Gordon, current Jackie Robinson Scholar attending the University of Miami, Carol Guerrero, Jackie Robinson Scholar Alumni, and Curtis Tearte, Jackie Robinson Foundation Committee Member. During a special pre-game presentation the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project boys presented their favorite Jackie Robinson core value: COURAGE, DETERMINATION, TEAMWORK, PERSISTENCE, INTEGRITY, CITIZENSHIP, JUSTICE, COMMITMENT AND EXCELLENCE. These words were values that Jackie Robinson lived by. These values not only made him a champion, but also a hero to millions of people. 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project boys represents these values everyday through their program in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. During the inning breaks on Marlins Vision, the Marlins shared interviews with Marlins players and a few RBI kids, highlighting what it means to wear 42 and how Jackie Robinson’s journey still has an impact on their lives today.
Jackie Robinson Day will forever be my second favorite “holiday.” Not just for the pomp and circumstance that goes along with the day, but the look on our fans’ faces as they cheer on our Fish that carry on the legacy of a hero by wearing number 42 with pride.
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.
I’ve been presented with a challenge…and my response is the same as to the question “what gift do you get someone that already has everything?”…I have no idea! Some people will say, “oh, it doesn’t matter…it’s the thought that counts.” I can take that response two ways:
1) the gift is irrelevant, it’s the fact that you thought to give them ‘something ‘ that matters
2) it’s the time you spend and the thought that you put in to determining something meaningful
My vote goes to #2. Time is a precious gift…one that can’t be bought nor can it be replaced.
So where am I going with this? Ever since I found out that I was going to be a part of this AFE Tour, one thought has dominated my mind…how am I possibly going to convey the depth of my admiration and appreciation to the men and women I meet during this tour? Again, I have no idea! Saying thank you and passing out t-shirts seems not nearly enough.
And then an interesting thing happened today. Everyone we met was amazingly gracious and thanking US! They are so grateful that we have taken the time to go on this tour to spend time with them. Now how about that! Here I am trying to figure out how to show my appreciation in a meaningful way, and I am humbly reminded that sometimes it really is the thought that counts…and the time that goes into it.
9:42pm Miami time…that’s when it struck me. 40,000 ft above the Atlantic (somewhere between Miami and Frankfort, Germany)…that’s where it struck me. I don’t know if it was inspired by Mumford & Sons Live at Red Rocks, or if it was triggered by thoughts of the upcoming Olympics…but for whatever reason it struck me again that we truly do live in an extraordinary world.
Our world is made up of nearly 7 billion people that all have their own unique talents and gifts. Amazing minds engineered this aircraft…Talented artists bring beauty to our world, both musically and visually. Physical specimens push themselves past what they thought was possible, reminding us that dreams can be achieved if we dedicate ourselves to them. Astronauts, our modern day explorers, are fearlessly determined to discover the unknown. Doctors and nurses dedicate their lives to helping people through phenomenal advancements in medicine. I could go on and on, but the point is, it takes all kinds to make our world go round.
I feel fortunate that my life’s path has provided me the opportunity to know so many unique, inspiring people and share meaningful experiences with them. As I am enjoying my walk down memory lane, I can’t help but wonder about who will be next. Oh, I know a little bit about them, but I can’t wait to meet them and hear their stories. In my opinion, they possess some of the most admirable traits…honor, integrity, selflessness and loyalty to name a few. They are the men and women of the US military that day after day serve our country defending our freedom. As a part of the contingent from the Miami Marlins, we are embarking on a week-long tour with Armed Forces Entertainment to spend time with troops in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. This is the fifth AFE Tour for the Marlins, and I am humbled and honored to be a part of it.
Undoubtedly, this experience will leave it’s mark on my soul, add countless new friends along the way and once again remind me of all the exceptional people that make up our extraordinary world.
As a 2013 Official Charity Partner, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired held their day at Marlins Park on August 3rd. Before the game, Marlins President David Samson, and Marlins executives PJ Loyello and Alfredo Mesa presented them with a $25,000 check before the game. Accepting on behalf of Miami Lighthouse was President and C.E.O. Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board, Agustin Arellano, Jr., and former Board Chair, Ray Casas. The Marlins Foundation also hosted a silent auction and 50/50 Raffle, with all of the proceeds going to the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks to provide vision rehabilitation and eye health services that promote independence, to educate professionals, and to conduct research in related fields. We are proud to have them as a 2013 Charity Partner!