Miami Marlins Set to Host Astros, Cubs for Opening Weekend at Marlins Park

MIAMI –The Miami Marlins are set to host the Houston Astros (April 13-15) and Chicago Cubs (April 17-19) at Marlins Park. The six-game homestand will feature two fan giveaways (Marlins Commemorative Opening Night Poster and Marlins 2012 Calendar) and several special events, including: Jiffy Lube Friday Night Live on April 13, Saturday Spectacular on April 14, Family Sunday on April 15, and Dominican Heritage Night on April 17. Fans at all six games will receive the latest copy of the Marlins Playbill.
 
Starting Friday, April 13, the Marlins will host the Houston Astros. First pitch is set for 7:10 P.M. at Marlins Park. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the pre-game party on the West Plaza, plus fans can enjoy a public autograph session with a Marlins Player from 6 P.M. to 6:20 P.M. on the Promenade Level. Fans will enjoy the first Jiffy Lube Friday Night Concert of the season with international reggaeton recording artist Daddy Yankee, immediately following the game on the field.
 
The three-game series continues on Saturday, April 14 at 7:10 P.M. with the first Saturday Spectacular of the season. This Saturday will feature pre-game entertainment on the West Plaza from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. and an autograph session on the Promenade Level with a Marlins player. Post-game entertainment will feature a fireworks show and a post-game “305 After Party” on the West Plaza featuring several renowned recording artists.
 
On Sunday, April 15 the series against the Astros will conclude with Family Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:10 P.M. Pre-game fun will feature West Plaza entertainment with Radio Disney AM 990, DJ Petey and the Energy Team. Also, as part of Snapshot Sunday fans can take photos with a Marlins player on the Promenade level from 12 P.M. to 12:20 P.M. Post-game entertainment will include Diamond Dash where kids 12 and under can run the bases after the game. Also, the first 5,000 kids will receive a Commemorative Opening Night Poster courtesy of Valero.
 
After an off day, the homestand will continue on Tuesday, April 17 against the Chicago Cubs for a three-game series. Fans can enjoy Dominican Heritage Night. Also, fans can enjoy pre-game and post-game entertainment on the West Plaza during the entire series against the Cubs. On Wednesday, the first 15,000 fans will receive a Miami Marlins 2012 Calendar courtesy of Simply Healthcare.  The homestand will conclude on Thursday, April 19, when Marlins celebrate Active Seniors Day with a 12:40 P.M. first pitch.  
 
Tickets to the upcoming Marlins homestand are available at the Marlins en Miami Store located at 3701 SW 8th Street in Coral Gables, FL, at the Marlins Park box office, online at www.marlins.com and www.marlinsbeisbol.com, or by calling 1-877-MARLINS.
 
The following is a complete list of broadcasts, promotions, events and ticket promotions scheduled for the upcoming homestand:
 
 
Friday, April  13   (7:10 p.m.)  Jiffy Lube Friday Night Live
Opponent:                    Houston Astros
Probable Pitchers:        RHP Ricky Nolasco vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (subject to change)
TV:                              NO TV
Radio:                          WAXY 790 AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)
Giveaway:                   All fans will receive a Marlins Playbill
 
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Gary Hodges will perform the National Anthem as part of the pregame ceremonies.
 
PREGAME PARTY ON THE WEST PLAZA: The Marlins will host a pregame party on the West Plaza from 5- 7 P.M. featuring music with DJ Vertigo, DJ Petey and the Energy Team.
 
PUBLIC AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Fans will be able to get autographs from a Marlins player on the Promenade Level from 6 P.M. - 6:20 P.M.
 
SHAKE A LEG CHECK PRESENTATION: Alfredo Mesa, Executive Director of the Marlins Foundation, along with Miami Marlins John Buck and Gaby Sanchez, will present a $50,000 check to Shake A Leg Miami.
A Miami Marlins Charity Partner, Shake A Leg uses the marine environment to improve the health, education, independence and quality of life for all with an emphasis on individuals with physical, developmental, and economic challenges. For more information about Shake A Leg Miami visit http://www.shakealegmiami.org.
 
BUCK-A-ROOS: Shake-A-Leg will be bringing 20-25 special needs children as part of the Buck-A-Roos program. John Buck has donated tickets, a buckaroo shirt, food vouchers, and will also have a private meet and greet with the kids.
 
JIFFY LUBE FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE POST-GAME CONCERT WITH DADDY YANKEE: Daddy Yankee did more than anyone to establish reggaeton as a marketable music style during the early 21st century. Yankee's success was so phenomenal in the wake of his 2004 mainstream breakthrough album Barrio Fino, that it stands tall as the definitive reggaeton album of its time. Boasting a pair of fantastic hits, "Gasolina" and "Lo Que Pasó, Pasó," the album established the production duo Luny Tunes as reggaeton's hottest hit-makers. Barrio Fino was also the first reggaeton album to reach number one on the Top Latin Album chart, a position it held for roughly a year's time while selling over a million copies in the United States alone. Daddy Yankee became more than just a reggaetonero, having transformed himself into an international name brand by the time his 2007 follow-up album, El Cartel: The Big Boss, was released. Other albums include Talento de Barrio (2008) and Mundial (2010). His hit single, “La Despedida” from the Mundial album, reached number four on the Latin Billboard chart. "Ven Conmigo" is the first official single on the Preistige (2012) album and features bachata singer Prince Royce. His most recent hit single, “Lovumba,” which means Love and Rumba, is his way of expressing love through music. It’s no surprise that Lovumba has been on the top charts of Billboard for the more than 20 weeks, ranked #1 in the Latin Urban Chart and Pop Chart and #2 in the Tropical Chart.
 
RADIO STATION APPEARANCES: Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, Radio Mambi 710AM, El Zol 95.7FM, MEGA 94.9.
 
Saturday, April 14  (7:10 p.m.)    Saturday Spectacular
Opponent:                    Houston Astros
Probable Pitchers:        RHP Carlos Zambrano vs. RHP Bud Norris (subject to change)
TV:                              FS Florida
Radio:                          WAXY 790 AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)
Giveaway:                   All fans will receive a Marlins Playbill
 
50/50 RAFFLE: Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game the Marlins Foundation partners with local non-profit organizations to host the 50/50 Raffle. The 50/50 Raffle Programs provides fans the opportunity to win 50% of the proceeds, with the other half of the proceeds benefitting the guest non-profit organization. From the time the gates open until the end of the 4th  inning tickets can be purchased for a suggested donation of $3 per ticket, two for $5, five for $10, and 15 for $20, at Raffle Headquarters Section 23 and from volunteers throughout the ballpark. The winning number will be posted at Raffle Headquarters, Guest Services and at www.marlins.com/raffles.  Raffle host dates are still available. If you are an official 501 (c) (3) organization in Broward, Miami Dade, Monroe or Palm Beach Counties interested in raising funds while spreading awareness at Marlins Park, sign up to participate in the 50/50 Raffle Program today. For more information call (305) 480-1441 or email Foundation@marlins.com. The Saturday, April 14th raffle will benefit The Miracle League of Miami Dade County.
 
The Miracle League of Miami Dade County’s mission is to create positive life experiences for children with special needs, and their families, through baseball with specialty designed baseball diamonds. For more information visit http://www.miracleleagueofmiamidade.org.
 
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Julia Dale will perform the National Anthem as part of the pregame ceremonies.
 
MIRACLE LEAGUE CHECK PRESENTATION: Alfredo Mesa, Executive Director of the Marlins Foundation, along with Miami Marlins Heath Bell, John Buck and Gaby Sanchez, will present a $100,000 check to The Miracle League of Miami Dade County to contribute to the completion of a custom designed Miracle League baseball diamond in Miami Dade County.
 
A Miami Marlins Charity Partner, The Miracle League makes dreams come true for children with special needs by providing children with mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball on special custom designed rubber turf fields for their protection and accommodations for their wheelchairs and walkers. With these specialty fields the children in the South Florida community can come together, build friendships, and create memories that could never be measured by the score of a game. For more information about the Miracle League of Miami Dade County visit www.MiracleLeagueofMiamiDade.org
 
PREGAME PARTY ON THE WEST PLAZA: The Marlins will host a pregame party on the West Plaza from 5- 7 P.M. featuring music with DJ Vertigo , DJ Petey and the Energy Team.
 
SNAPSHOT @ BAYSIDE: As part of Bayside’s anniversary celebration 2 Marlins players will take part in a snapshot opportunity where fans will have the opportunity to pose for photos with them.
 
PUBLIC AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Fans will be able to get autographs from a Marlins player on the Promenade Level from 6 P.M. - 6:20 P.M.
 
FIRWORKS AND 305 AFTER PARTY:  Fans can stay in their seats after the game to enjoy a Fireworks Spectacular, followed by the “305 AFTER PARTY” live from the West Plaza. The party will go on for 45 minutes after the game, plus fans can enjoy performances from renowned recording artists.  The party will be hosted by the Marlins’ DJ Petey and DJ Menace.
 
RADIO STATION APPEARANCES: Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, Radio Mambi 710AM.
 
Sunday, April 15  (1:10 p.m.)    Family Sunday and Jackie Robinson Day
Opponent:                    Houston Astros
Probable Pitchers:        RHP Anibal Sanchez vs. LHP J.A. Happ (subject to change)
TV:                              FS Florida
Radio:                          WAXY 790, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)
Giveaway:                   The first 5,000 kids 12 and under will receive a Marlins Commemorative Opening Night poster courtesy of Valero and all fans will receive a Marlins Playbill
 
NATIONAL ANTHEM:   Palmetto Elementary will perform the National Anthem as part of the pregame ceremonies.
 
50/50 RAFFLE: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday home game the Marlins Foundation partners with local non-profit organizations to host the 50/50 Raffle. The 50/50 Raffle Programs provides fans the opportunity to win 50% of the proceeds, with the other half of the proceeds benefitting the guest non-profit organization. From the time the gates open until the end of the 4th  inning tickets can be purchased for a suggested donation of $3 per ticket, two for $5, five for $10, and 15 for $20, at Raffle Headquarters Section 23 and from volunteers throughout the ballpark. The winning number will be posted at Raffle Headquarters, Guest Services and at www.marlins.com/raffles.  Raffle host dates are still available. If you are an official 501 (c) (3) organization in Broward, Miami Dade, Monroe or Palm Beach Counties interested in raising funds while spreading awareness at Marlins Park, sign up to participate in the 50/50 Raffle Program today. For more information call (305) 480-1441 or email Foundation@marlins.com. The Sunday, April 15th raffle will benefit The Optimist Club of Cooper City.
 
The Optimist Club of Cooper City has 5000 participants that take part in the eight sports our club has to offer. The Optimist Club of Cooper City promotes good sportsmanship and healthy competition. For more information visit www.coopercityoptimist.com.
 
KIDS STARTING LINEUP: Kids from “5000 Role Models” will lineup in front of the home dugout and will be announced by name as they take the field at their respective positions with the Marlins players.
 
JACKIE ROBINSON DAY: The Marlins will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Michael Hill, Marlins General Manger, and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Program, will present a scholarship check for $4,200 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, represented Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship recipient Christina Gordon, a sophomore at the University of Miami. Christina will throw out the ceremonial First Pitch.
 
The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a national, not–for–profit, organization founded in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson through the advancement of higher education among underserved populations.

Fact Sheet:
Major League Baseball and its Clubs proudly support more than 80 JRF Scholars
Over $3.4 million provided in scholarship assistance and program support to deserving students of color
1,400 students have participated in the program and received scholarships
JRF Scholars maintain a 97% graduation rate, more than double the national average for minority students
JRF Scholars are awarded assistance for four years and possibly more through the Extra Innings Program
 
SNAPSHOT SUNDAY: On every Family Sunday this season, fans will be able to have their photograph taken with a Marlins player.  Fans are reminded to bring their own camera.  Snapshot Sunday is located on the Promenade Level in Section 28 from 12:00 P.M. to 12:20 P.M.
 
JACKIE ROBINSON DAY- 5000 ROLE MODELS: 5000 Role Models of Excellence mentees will be at Home Plate, Third Base, Center Field and First Base Entrances, welcoming fans to Marlins Park on Jackie Robinson Day. Distinguished by their red ties, mentees will greet fans from time gates open until the first pitch.
 
5000 Role Model Mentees from Teach for America Middle Schools, Horace Mann and North Miami, will participate in Sunday’s Kids Starting Line Up. This program allows groups to escort the players onto the field to take their positions before the game. Teach for America is a Miami Marlins Charity Partner.

A dropout prevention intervention program for minority young boys “at-risk” of dropping out of school, 5000 Role Models of Excellence Program serves 6,792 students in 89 schools, which includes 23 elementary, 33 middle and 33 senior high Miami-Dade County Public School’s students. The expansion program in Pinellas County serves 450 students in 20 middle and senior high schools. Primarily, the program serves children who are being reared without the benefit of a father or a positive male role model. For more information about the 5000 Role Models of Excellence visit http://5000rolemodels.dadeschools.net.

PREGAME PARTY AT THE WEST PLAZA: Radio Disney AM 990 will host a pregame party on the West Plaza from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. featuring music, dance performances, games and activities for fans, plus face painting from Tuti Fruti and special appearances from DJ Petey and the Marlins Energy Team.  5000 Role Models will serve as greeters.
 
MARLINS MASTERPIECE HOLIDAY ART SERIES: The Grand Prize winner from the Marlins Masterpiece Holiday series will arrive at the game for a private BP tour. As part of the pre-game ceremonies, the grand prize and two honorable mentions will be honored on the field with their art work displayed on the video board.
 
The winner is Carolina Machin, 6th grader from Lawton Chiles Middle School
Honorable mentions: Zachary Weltz, 5th grader from Freedom Shores Elementary, Marcela Marin, 11th Grader from Wellington high school.
 
DIAMOND DASH:  After every Marlins Family Sunday, kids 12 and under get to run the bases on the field in the Marlins Diamond Dash. Parents may walk them down to the field, but not participate unless their child needs assistance. We also ask that children do not slide at any base or Home Plate for their own safety.  Billy’s Bunch kids club members can present their 2012 membership card in order to move up to the Diamond Dash Fast Lane.
 
RADIO STATION APPEARANCES: Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, Radio Mambi 710AM, Radio Disney AM 990.
 
Tuesday, April 17 (7:10 p.m.) Dominican Heritage Night
Opponent:                    Chicago Cubs
Probable Pitchers:        RHP Josh Johnson vs. RHP Ryan Dempster (subject to change)
TV:                              FS Florida
Radio:                          WAXY 790 AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)
Giveaway:                   All fans will receive a Marlins Playbill
 
PRE AND POST-GAME ENTERTAINMENT ON THE WEST PLAZA: The Marlins will host a pregame party on the West Plaza from 5- 7 P.M. featuring a live merengue band in honor of Dominican Heritage Night.  Fans are invited back out to the West Plaza post-game for music and entertainment.
 
NATIONAL ANTHEM:   Lizzie Sider will perform the National Anthem as part of the pregame ceremonies.
 
RADIO STATION APPEARANCES: Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, Radio Mambi 710AM.
 
Wednesday, April  18  (7:10 p.m.)
Opponent:                    Chicago Cubs
Probable Pitchers:        LHP Mark Buehrle vs. RHP Matt Garza (subject to change)
TV:                              FS Florida
Radio:                          WAXY 790 AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)
Giveaway:                   The first 15,000 fans will receive a Miami Marlins 2012 Calendar by Simply Healthcare.
 
NATIONAL ANTHEM:  Falcon Cove Middle School will perform the National Anthem as part of the pregame ceremonies.
 
PRE AND POST-GAME ENTERTAINMENT ON THE WEST PLAZA: The Marlins will host a pregame party on the West Plaza from 5- 7 P.M. and again post-game with music and entertainment.
 
THE LIL’ DOBBERS: Greg Dobbs has donated 10 tickets to children from the Boys and Girls Club of Miami. The kids will have the opportunity to attend a GAME AT Marlins Park, will receive a food voucher and Lil Dobber t-shirt, as well as attend a private meet and greet with Greg Dobbs in the Marlins Press Conference Room.
 
RADIO STATION APPEARANCES: Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, Radio Mambi 710AM.
 
Thursday, April 19  (12:40 p.m.) Active Seniors Day
Opponent:                    Chicago Cubs
Probable Pitchers:        TBA vs. TBA
TV:                              FS Florida
Radio:                          WAXY 790 AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)
Giveaway:                   All fans will receive a Marlins Playbill
 
PRE AND POST-GAME ENTERTAINMENT ON THE WEST PLAZA: The Marlins will host a pregame party on the West Plaza from 10:30 A.M.to 12:30 P.M. and again post-game with music and entertainment.
 
NATIONAL ANTHEM:   Marlins Organist Dick Janz will perform the National Anthem as part of the pregame ceremonies.
 
RADIO STATION APPEARANCES: Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, Radio Mambi 710AM..
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
MARLINS RADIO NETWORK: All 162 regular season games will be broadcast on 790 The Ticket and the Marlins Radio Network in English and on WAQI 710 AM in Spanish. The Marlins Radio Network consists of: WSWN 900 AM in Belle Glade, WELE 1380 AM in Daytona Beach, WEFL 760 AM in West Palm Beach, WFFG 1300 AM in Marathon, WKWF 1600 AM in Key West, WSTU 1450 AM in Stuart, WWCN 770 AM Fort Myers/Naples.
 
CELEBRATION CLUB: Marlins fans can display a personalized message on Marlins Vision for the home crowd to see for a donation to the Marlins Foundation. Personalized messages will be shown at the end of the 2nd inning of every Marlins home game.  Messages will run for the first 12 people who call the Marlins office to make a reservation or sign up at www.marlins.com/celebrationclub.  The cost is $75.00 per message, with all proceeds benefiting the Marlins Foundation.