Marlins fan proving you can go to World Series without your team
When you're a Miami Marlins fan, you don't wait for your team to reach the World Series to make your own trip to the Fall Classic.
That's the lesson from Laurence Leavy, who had a front-row seat behind home plate for Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City, and was pretty noticeable since he was sporting an orange Marlins windbreaker in a sea of Royals blue.
Every single Marlins fan is at the World Series... pic.twitter.com/qnKF5bIAf3— Kevin (@KVP_10) October 22, 2014
It wasn't the first time he'd showed up at the Series looking like he was a few years late to the party. Here he is watching the Giants again in 2012:
World Series ends. I am in orange pic.twitter.com/oMT8pRof— Marlins Man (@Marlins_Man) October 29, 2012
So what's this guy's deal? Nothing special, he just loves watching good baseball, wears his Marlins gear everywhere he goes to be recognized — and apparently has the money to score a big ticket to just about anything. (According to a 2012 profile, he owns a law firm that specializes in workers compensation cases.)
Here he is at the Florida State-Notre Dame game:
And the NBA Finals in Miami:
He doesn't show up for just the big sports events:
The ACTUAL PLANE THAT DROPPED THE atomic bomb pic.twitter.com/gBPz9X3xHw— Marlins Man (@Marlins_Man) October 1, 2014
And he really is a big Marlins fan; he says he's one of the original season ticket holders. Check out this custom car he pimped out:
One of my cars I had built this year pic.twitter.com/DLowNeAdKV— Marlins Man (@Marlins_Man) October 16, 2014
If the Marlins make it back to the Series, we'll know where to look for him. But we can't help but wonder, was he there in 2003 when the Marlins last made it to October? Without seeing that orange windbreaker in the crowd — the team hadn't switched its teal-and-black scheme yet — we may never know if he was rubbing elbows with John McEnroe and rubbing the Marlins' six-game victory in the face of Yankees fans.
John McEnroe watches Game 6 of the 2003 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Florida Marlins at Yankee Stadium. The Marlins beat the Yankees 2-0 to become the champions.
HT: Big League Stew