Miami Marlins fans have come to recognize our Fans on the Field experiences as one of the best ways to get up close to their friendly neighborhood fish. Yes, the chance to meet the boys in uniform and maybe get a few autographs is great, but true lovers of the game seem to appreciate the field itself just as much. There’s something magical about crossing that chalk on the foul line and stepping onto the grass and dirt.
In the past, SFF fans have thrown out the first pitch, shagged fly balls and were even honorary members of the grounds crew. All of them describe how special their experiences were. Last week, our lucky winner Cassie got to surprise her boyfriend Peter with what might have been our best Fans on the Field experience yet. They both got to throw in the bullpen, shag fly balls and take batting practice both in the cages and on the field.
Here’s what they had to say about it. Be sure to check out their full photo gallery on South Florida Ford’s Facebook.
SFF: Why did you enter our SFF Instagram contest?
Cassie: I entered the contest for myself and for my boyfriend. We are both huge fans of baseball. I knew it would mean a lot to him considering the Marlins are his favorite team.
SFF: What was your first thought when you learned you won?
C: I was in shock! I never win anything so I was ECSTATIC! I couldn’t wait to share the news with my boyfriend Peter. I gave it to Peter because of his love for baseball. It was also out 6 year anniversary and I knew that would be a perfect surprise!
SFF: Peter, how long have you been a baseball fan/ player?
Peter: I have been playing baseball/ have been a fan for 17 years.
SFF: What did it feel like stepping onto the field?
P: It was such an awesome experience. A once in a lifetime opportunity.
SFF: What was your favorite part of the day?
P: My favorite part of the day was definitely hitting BP on the field.
SFF: How did you do in BP?
P: I did pretty well actually. I had a great hit that Fox Sports caught on video.