May 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) smiles in the dugout during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Even though Jose Fernandez will spend the first couple months of the season rehabbing from his Tommy John surgery, the small section of stands in left field shows their Fernandez pride and flash their “K” cards every time a Marlins pitcher whiffs a batter, for every single regular season game.
The section becomes even rowdier on nights when Fernandez is pitching, but don’t let his mid-June or July return apprehend your excitement. Signing up for a Jose’s Heroes ticket package nets you a new special Jose’s Heroes t-shirt each month and a meet-and-greet with Jose himself, in addition to a full season of live games and the strikeout card.
It’s an awesome promotion, and it’s incredibly affordable. Now, I’m not a member of the Marlins PR department and my job isn’t to sell tickets to my readers, I just think you’d be hard pressed to find a more budget-friendly, perk-driven ticket package anywhere else in the league. Seriously, it comes out to something close to $6 per game, and you get to meet Jose Fernandez.
Which segues nicely to my next feature…
Next: The return