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Hey, I thought it would be interesting to share some stories of our favorite moment(s) while attending a Marlins game.

It can either be at the home stadium or for those that don’t live in or near S. Florida, at an away game at any other stadium, during the regular season or spring training.

 

I’ll start with mine.

 

Back in ‘06, at Pro Player Stadium, I caught a home run ball from Mike Jacobs! And how it happened was quite unexpected.

I still remember that day, I had decided to go with my sister to a Marlins game that evening. We went to the stadium, walked up and bought tickets in the “Fish Tank” section of the outfield, which if anyone remembers were locating in straight away right center field, the cheapest tickets at the park. 😂

Anyways, we were watching the game enjoying the show, it was that ‘06 lineup, so of course a lot of fun to watch! Sometime during the game, one of the ushers randomly, out of nowhere, walked up to me and my sister and she said like “Hey, there are some empty seats over there(pointing to the next section over towards the right field seats) you guys can move over there if you want.” We were like “Ok, cool” and we moved.

It must have been around 1 inning later, and Mike Jacobs came up to bat.

Next thing I know, he swings and hits a high fly ball to deep right-center field, I watch it flying up in the air, and I can instantly tell it will be a home run and start getting excited because the Marlins are about to score!

I continued watching it and see it heading in our general direction, another half second passes and I start   realizing like “oh, it looks like it’s heading pretty close to where I am”.

I was wearing my baseball glove that game, as I usually always wear a glove when I go to games, I see it getting closer and closer and one split second later I reached up, opened my glove and the home run ball landed right in my glove as if the ball had been aiming right for it from the moment it was hit.

It took me a couple of seconds to process what had just happened, but once I did, I was so stoked, jumping up and down for at least a minute, high fiving strangers all around me, and becoming a local celebrity in my section of seats for the next couple of innings. 😂

Once that happened, an usher came up and handed me a paper that said something like “After the game you can get the ball signed by the player who hit the home run.”

So after the game finished, we went to a customer service desk and after waiting for like 15-20 minutes some guy who worked for the Marlins met us, and he brought us down to the lower level of the stadium close to the entrance of the clubhouse, and told us to wait outside while he went inside to ask Mike Jacobs to sign the ball. I didn’t get to see or meet Mike Jacobs, but while we were waiting outside of the clubhouse area, I saw Miguel Olivo walk out of the door, and he was looking at us like “who are these random people standing there” and I was like 🤩 and thought to myself *Olivo!*

The guy came back a few minutes later with the ball signed by Mike Jacobs, who after that became my favorite Marlins player during the rest of the time he played on the team. 

So not only did I have the the signed ball, but a lifelong memory, and a lifelong dream come true (although I was still a teenager at that time.) 

Since I was a young kid I always would dream of catching a HR ball, and I always sat in the outfield and brought my glove dreaming of that moment, and that night it actually happened! But besides that, just the way it happened, with the Usher coming over to us and telling us we could move to different seats and the home run being hit right to exact spot that I moved to just a few minutes earlier completely unexpectedly, it almost felt like a magical moment or something, just like all those details that aligned right at that moment in order for me to catch a home run ball!

It was a great experience, great evening and my all time favorite moment at a Marlins game!

 

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It wasn't a huge deal or anything, but my son and I got to meet Miguel Rojas. My son is a big Rojas fan, so naturally my boy said nothing and mostly hid behind me, but Miggy was a true pro and clearly has experience with kids. It was pretty dang cool.

So I love Miggy Ro. If he turned out to be a serial killer, I would prolly be like, "I bet those folks deserved it."

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5 minutes ago, Photo-Realistic Billy said:

It wasn't a huge deal or anything, but my son and I got to meet Miguel Rojas...

Nice! That must have been pretty fun, and definitely a great memory for your son that he will probably remember for many many years!

I remember when I was a young kid I always wanted to meet a baseball player. I mentioned in a another thread that when I was young, my family was living in the STL area during the McGwire years so at that time my heroes were guys like Mark McGwire, Ray Lankford and Fernando Tatis(the original one 😂.) Heck, even as an adult, I still would be super excited to meet a baseball player. The closest I got besides Olivo, was once Miguel Cabrera was signing autographs at Aventura Mall, and I walked up and stood like five feet away and watched completely star struck as the 30 middle age women in line waited for autographs. I didn’t get an autograph because I think you had to buy something first. 😂

I’d still like to meet a pro baseball player one day, maybe like bumping into Pablo or Rojas at Publix or something. 😂

Thanks for sharing that great story!

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My experience at Comiskey Park in 2004 for the Marlins-Expos hurricane series was my favorite experience. Tickets were like $5 and it was a mad-dash to wherever you wanted to sit. I sat right behind the Marlins dugout the entire series. Lenny Harris and I talked quite a bit and he was hilarious. Jack was playing it up to the crowd.. he got in an argument with the ump and did his whole hands-on-hips with the bobblehead argument going.. when he turned around, he gave the audience a smile. The whole ballpark was split between Cubs fans rooting for the Expos and the White Sox fans cheering for the Marlins. I remember Alex Gonzalez (on the Expos) made the SAME exact error in one of the games that he did in game 6.. I yelled out "FLAAAAAASHBACK FLAAAAAASHBACK" and the whole Marlins dugout was laughing. It was great 

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10 minutes ago, Iowa said:

Lenny Harris and I talked quite a bit and he was hilarious.

I like Lenny - met him at a high school tryout. The man singled me out saying I was a good outfielder just based on a few fly balls I got to.

 

Coaches didn't hear it, sadly. 😞

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9 minutes ago, Iowa said:

My experience at Comiskey Park in 2004 for the Marlins-Expos hurricane series was my favorite experience. Tickets were like $5 and it was a mad-dash to wherever you wanted to sit. I sat right behind the Marlins dugout the entire series. Lenny Harris and I talked quite a bit and he was hilarious. Jack was playing it up to the crowd.. he got in an argument with the ump and did his whole hands-on-hips with the bobblehead argument going.. when he turned around, he gave the audience a smile. The whole ballpark was split between Cubs fans rooting for the Expos and the White Sox fans cheering for the Marlins. I remember Alex Gonzalez (on the Expos) made the SAME exact error in one of the games that he did in game 6.. I yelled out "FLAAAAAASHBACK FLAAAAAASHBACK" and the whole Marlins dugout was laughing. It was great 

Great story! I actually remember that series, I think I listened to those games on radio. I remember Dave Van Horne telling a story about when the Marlins arrived to Comiskey park, I think there was a big sign or banner or something in the Clubhouse welcoming the Marlins. I always thought that was a nice touch and a really classy move by the Sox organization, earned my respect as non White Sox fan!

Lenny Harris was always fun to watch! I think around that time he was the all time pinch hit leader if I’m not mistaken.

Thanks for sharing the story!

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My favorite Marlins moment live was watching Jose Cruz Jr. drop the flyball in the playoffs. 
 

In terms of meeting players, I got to meet a bunch at Headz Up Barbershop back in the day. Never met any of the current players, but Miguel Rojas is my favorite current player too even though he’s not a star so it’s cool your son got to meet him. Lenny Harris, who has been mentioned, is a cool dude, I’ve met him. 

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4 minutes ago, Erick said:

My favorite Marlins moment live was watching Jose Cruz Jr. drop the flyball in the playoffs. 
 

In terms of meeting players, I got to meet a bunch at Headz Up Barbershop back in the day. Never met any of the current players, but Miguel Rojas is my favorite current player too even though he’s not a star so it’s cool your son got to meet him. Lenny Harris, who has been mentioned, is a cool dude, I’ve met him. 

FYI I mean my favorite moment was that actual game that Cruz dropped the flyball. I don’t have a problem with Jose Cruz Jr. but he played a big part in us winning that game so I remember it that way lol. Pudge with the big hit at the end.

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Extremely easy one for me:

 

Section 424, 1997, World Series Game 7. My 12 year old self SCREAMING along with almost everyone else in the section at the one Cleveland Team fan waving a flag around in the 11th inning. Everyone knows how that ended. 

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53 minutes ago, Erick said:

My favorite Marlins moment live was watching Jose Cruz Jr. drop the flyball in the playoffs. 
 

In terms of meeting players, I got to meet a bunch at Headz Up Barbershop back in the day. Never met any of the current players, but Miguel Rojas is my favorite current player too even though he’s not a star so it’s cool your son got to meet him. Lenny Harris, who has been mentioned, is a cool dude, I’ve met him. 

Did you ever meet Dontrelle Willis or Juan Pierre? Those were a couple of guys I remember thinking would have been pretty cool to meet back in the day! (Or even now 18 years after ‘03, I would still probably be star struck with any of the players from that season! 😂)

Thanks for the story!

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22 minutes ago, SongInTheAir said:

Extremely easy one for me:

 

Section 424, 1997, World Series Game 7. My 12 year old self SCREAMING along with almost everyone else in the section at the one Cleveland Team fan waving a flag around in the 11th inning. Everyone knows how that ended. 

Great story! Being there during game 7 and seeing your team win the WS in extras definitely would top the list of best moments at a Marlins game for sure, but especially for someone at your age, pretty hard to top that one for you, I would imagine.

Thanks for sharing the story!

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1 hour ago, Erick said:

My favorite Marlins moment live was watching Jose Cruz Jr. drop the flyball in the playoffs. 

I've always said that was the greatest/most underrated 2003 game there was. Absolutely incredible to be down in extras and come back and win it that way. Who knows how everything would have turned out if he never dropped that!

 

annnnd now I'm going to go watch highlights 

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They weren't necessarily specific moments, but a few games come to mind off the top of my head:

 

1) I don't even know the specific date/year, but I remember it was against the Nationals back in Pro-Dolphin-Land Shark-Sun Life whatever else name it had at the time.  If I had to guess it was probably 2010 or so.  Anywho, it was a 7-ish start time, and my dad and I went to a game.  There wound up being a rain delay that lasted at least a few hours - I think the game restarted at midnight or something ridiculous like that, but I convinced my dad to stay.  In the meantime, most people had left because it had gotten so late, and I think it may have been a weeknight as well.  So when the game restarted, there must have been less than 100 people - maybe even less than 50 - left in the stands.  We wound up sitting pretty close to the dugout after the restart, and I remember right as they were about to start there were two families that were sitting near us and the two dads (who I'm sure had been drinking) decided to get into a fight where one guy was grabbing the other guy's long beard and whatnot, and I was thinking - y'all waited for hours to restart to get into a fight and be escorted out?  Way to go!

Anyway, it was pretty neat being one of the few people there - you could hear everything the players were saying - people talking in the stands would echo off the teal monster - Adam Dunn was playing 1B, and I remember someone near us kept heckling him, and since there were so few people there, he'd keep turning around and looking at the guy.

I don't even remember the outcome of the game, but it was just a neat experience with all that going on.

 

2) Opening Day 2012/First game at Marlins park - probably self explanatory.   Obviously that particular game didn't go the way we wanted, losing to the Cards, nor did the season, but it was still so exciting to finally be in the Marlins own park, and seeing it full was awesome.

 

3) Jose's last game - I used to work like 15 minutes from the park, and would occasionally randomly decide to go to a game after work.  That was one of those days - just decided to go to the game, and it wound up being his last game.  I remember he pitched well and it was always exciting to watch him pitch and the energy/personality he always had.

 

Those are the games that immediately come to mind to me.

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4 minutes ago, rmc523 said:

They weren't necessarily specific moments, but a few games come to mind off the top of my head:

 

1) I don't even know the specific date/year, but I remember it was against the Nationals back in Pro-Dolphin-Land Shark-Sun Life whatever else name it had at the time.  If I had to guess it was probably 2010 or so.  Anywho, it was a 7-ish start time, and my dad and I went to a game.  There wound up being a rain delay that lasted at least a few hours - I think the game restarted at midnight or something ridiculous like that, but I convinced my dad to stay.  In the meantime, most people had left because it had gotten so late, and I think it may have been a weeknight as well.  So when the game restarted, there must have been less than 100 people - maybe even less than 50 - left in the stands.  We wound up sitting pretty close to the dugout after the restart, and I remember right as they were about to start there were two families that were sitting near us and the two dads (who I'm sure had been drinking) decided to get into a fight where one guy was grabbing the other guy's long beard and whatnot, and I was thinking - y'all waited for hours to restart to get into a fight and be escorted out?  Way to go!

Anyway, it was pretty neat being one of the few people there - you could hear everything the players were saying - people talking in the stands would echo off the teal monster - Adam Dunn was playing 1B, and I remember someone near us kept heckling him, and since there were so few people there, he'd keep turning around and looking at the guy.

I don't even remember the outcome of the game, but it was just a neat experience with all that going on.

 

2) Opening Day 2012/First game at Marlins park - probably self explanatory.   Obviously that particular game didn't go the way we wanted, losing to the Cards, nor did the season, but it was still so exciting to finally be in the Marlins own park, and seeing it full was awesome.

 

3) Jose's last game - I used to work like 15 minutes from the park, and would occasionally randomly decide to go to a game after work.  That was one of those days - just decided to go to the game, and it wound up being his last game.  I remember he pitched well and it was always exciting to watch him pitch and the energy/personality he always had.

 

Those are the games that immediately come to mind to me.

Great stories! Sometime our best sports memories might be specific games where something unique or notable(like being at the first game at Marlins park) is happening.

And well, that story about being at the stadium at midnight watching a game with less than 100 people in the stands in an MLB game, well that’s definitely a very unique baseball experience that not that many people have had!

 

Thanks for sharing!

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1 hour ago, SirFishFan said:

Did you ever meet Dontrelle Willis or Juan Pierre? Those were a couple of guys I remember thinking would have been pretty cool to meet back in the day! (Or even now 18 years after ‘03, I would still probably be star struck with any of the players from that season! 😂)

Thanks for the story!

I saw Juan Pierre at the games in Marlins a few times in '19 and he seemed like just the coolest dude ever. He would be there with his gaggle of kids, but still happy to take a photo and chat with a fan. He's got a real southern drawl too, which is hilarious for a guy most people can't decide whether he's Haitian or Latin. 😂

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Easy one for me. 

September 16, 1997. Marlins are losing to Colorado 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th. Rockies closer Jerry DiPoto comes in and immediately gets in trouble. But he gets a couple outs, and after a walk Bobby Bonilla comes to the plate. Bonilla falls behind in the count, but starts fouling off pitch after pitch. On the 10th pitch of the at bat, well, just watch the video of the at-bat:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgI9u6C0wnk

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17 minutes ago, bmg42 said:

Easy one for me. 

September 16, 1997. Marlins are losing to Colorado 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th. Rockies closer Jerry DiPoto comes in and immediately gets in trouble. But he gets a couple outs, and after a walk Bobby Bonilla comes to the plate. Bonilla falls behind in the count, but starts fouling off pitch after pitch. On the 10th pitch of the at bat, well, just watch the video of the at-bat:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgI9u6C0wnk

Nice!

Nice. Great video!

 

In '97 I wasn't a baseball fan yet, but man, looking back at that '97 Marlins team and their roster, it must have been a great time to be a Marlins fan!

 

Thanks for sharing!

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Had a great time at the 2013 WBC, with a little help got to meet my screennames' inspiration on the field.

Outside of that, Glove save and a beauty on Manny Machado's line drive up the 3B line/wall on my birthday. Might have even thrown a little "statue of liberty" on that one.

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4 hours ago, SirFishFan said:

Did you ever meet Dontrelle Willis or Juan Pierre? Those were a couple of guys I remember thinking would have been pretty cool to meet back in the day! (Or even now 18 years after ‘03, I would still probably be star struck with any of the players from that season! 😂)

Thanks for the story!

I never met Dontrelle, wish I did. Seems like a great guy. I think Bally’s Sports should hire him, he still roots for the team.

I did attend a Dontrelle vs Randy Johnson game at Pro Player Stadium (or whatever it was called at the time), which was another great memory.

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One of my favorite gms was a large wager gm I made.  It was the Marlins Scott Olsen vs Chris Young (Padres).  It was a pitchers duel to say the least.  I remember Mike Jacobs going 4-4 and scored the only run. I believe the final score was 1-0 Marlins. It was either the 2005 or 2006 season. 

My favorite memories was the Marlins vs Cubs 2003 playoffs. That series and the 1997 Indians series will always be remembered for me.  

 

 

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36 minutes ago, jeffreysfishfry said:

One of my favorite gms was a large wager gm I made.  It was the Marlins Scott Olsen vs Chris Young (Padres).  It was a pitchers duel to say the least.  I remember Mike Jacobs going 4-4 and scored the only run. I believe the final score was 1-0 Marlins. It was either the 2005 or 2006 season. 

My favorite memories was the Marlins vs Cubs 2003 playoffs. That series and the 1997 Indians series will always be remembered for me.  

If it was Jacobs, then 2006, friend. 😄

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Attended the Marlins Park opener, that was cool despite result, as others have said.

May 10, 2011 - Halladay vs Johnson. Best pitched game I've ever attended. Marlins won 2-1, Mike Dunn got the win, Marlins scored go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th.

August 11, 2014 - A friend and I call it the Robin Williams game because that's where we were when we found out he died. Stanton with two homers (one of them over 470 feet) plus an insane catch, Hechavarria with a ridiculous double play that he turned, and Yelich had a diving catch too. Won 6-5, Cishek barely got out of it.

August 11, 2017 - Hey, August 11 again. Stanton hit #40 in this game. We also found out Jeter was buying the team that night!

 

And every game I attended in 2003 - Marlins went 6-0 when I attended that year. 2 against the Mets, 2 against Philly, one against Atlanta, and one against Montreal. All good stuff.

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1 minute ago, Michael said:

If it was Jacobs, then 2006, friend. 😄

Yeah, probably in 2006 because I wouldn’t have had confidence to make that bet with Olsen or Jacobs in 2005.  I don’t think it was later either because Olsen started to decline after 2006. 

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1 minute ago, jeffreysfishfry said:

Yeah, probably in 2006 because I wouldn’t have had confidence to make that bet with Olsen or Jacobs in 2005.  I don’t think it was later either because Olsen started to decline after 2006. 

And we didn't have Jacobs in 2005 either. 😄

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