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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
For more information on the Marlins Wives Fundraising efforts please visit www.marlins.com/wives
The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays (the other being Thanksgiving). I am proud to be an American, and I am eternally grateful to all those who serve our country. Our troops and their families give so much, sometimes the ultimate sacrifice, to ensure our freedom. I’ve often wondered what is the best way to show my appreciation.
The Fish are on the road in Pittsburgh on the 4th, so July 1st was Military Appreciation Day at Marlins Park. Prior to the game, Marlins personnel Giancarlo Stanton, Heath Bell, Mike Dunn, Steve Cishek and Ozzie Guillen spent time signing baseballs and posing for photos with wounded warriors from the Miami VA and the Wounded Warrior Project. One of the warriors, Roberto Cruz, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and then enjoyed the game with all of the other warriors in a suite compliments of the Miami Dade Police Department and POAT. We have partnered with the VA and WWP on this event for the warriors for many years, and it is always a great expereice for all those involved.
This year, being the inaugural year at Marlins Park, we wanted to add a new fan element to our Military Appreciation Day. So, we thought we would bring everyone together in one huge thank you…a salute FROM our fans TO our troops! In partnership with our friend Greg Zinone, Founder of Pro vs. GI Joe, we were able to link live with the USO Center in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The troops were shown live on MarlinsVision, and all of the Marlins fans (and yes…Phillies fans, too) stood up, cheered and threw out a salute to the troops. The energy in the ballpark was amazing…gave me goose bumps!
Our players and front office staff also signed a banner that will be sent to the same USO Center in Kandahar as a permanent symbol of our unwavering support to all of the men and women in uniform. Prior to the game on Saturday, the banner was on display and fans were encouraged to join in and show their support by signing a card. Many fans had family or friends currently deployed, some had sons and daughters that had just returned home, and others were Viet Nam Veterans. Many parents took the time to explain to their children the importance of what they were doing as they helped them write a note to our soldiers. It was a heartwarming experience to say the least. All of the cards will be sent to the USO Center in Kandahar along with the banner.
As I watch the fireworks on Wednesday night and reflect on how grateful I am to live in the greatest country in the world, I will also ponder the next way to show my gratitude to those that protect and fight for me.