Posted: July 14, 2018 - 9:25 a.m.
By: Andy Slater
For the first time in the Derek Jeter-Bruce Sherman era, one of the best known personalities associated with the Miami Marlins franchise will be returning to Marlins Park and he’s bringing hundreds of his friends along.
I am not referring to Giancarlo Stanton or Marcell Ozuna.
Rather, Marlins Man now has plans to attend his first Marlins home game of 2018.
Laurence Leavy, a lawyer-turned-superfan, plans to be at the game on Monday Sept. 17 against the Washington Nationals.
The attorney bought every available pair of seats in the left field stands.
He plans to bring 300 fans who will win tickets. As an added bonus, those fans who wear orange will be receiving free food, soda, and beer on Leavy.
If there are more than 300 winners, they will be able to attend a game the following day.
One of Leavy's big missions as a superfan is to “pay it forward” and he sees this grand gesture of bringing hundreds of fans as a way to do that.
Given that the team recently announced paid attendance of just 5,265 for a game, Leavy’s purchase should be met with open arms by Marlins management.
Leavy had been a full season-ticket holder since the Marlins franchise began in 1993.
In recent years, Leavy has been a Diamond Club member and could be seen by television cameras behind home plate at every game he attended. He will not be in his customary seats on Sept. 17.
Before the 2018 season, Leavy decided not to renew his tickets after the Marlins turned down a $200,000 check. Leavy was seeking a 3-year deal for four tickets behind home plate.
Leavy also attempted to assist the Marlins new ownership group during the team’s town hall meeting before the season. Leavy famously started his speech asking new CEO Derek Jeter, “Do you know who I am?”
Leavy and the new ownership were not able to see eye-to-eye.
Instead of committing to the Fish this season, Leavy has spent his time and money traveling around the country watching games in his now-iconic orange jersey.
Even though the Marlins decided not to use orange jerseys this season, Leavy continues to wear the color with pride, as he represents the team and his hometown across the country.
Leavy told me, “If Jeter lets the Marlins players wear orange that day, I’ll feed them too.”
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