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Marlins fans take 'Bucks on the Pond' challenge

Marlins fans take 'Bucks on the Pond' challenge

Marlins fans take 'Bucks on the Pond' challenge
The Miami Heat and their fans had just celebrated the 2012 NBA title with a parade hours earlier, and that night seemed like a perfect time to watch some Major League Baseball for the trio of David and Javier Martinez of Hialeah, Fla., and Fernando Mota of Sanford, Fla.

"We were walking around the new stadium before the game," David Martinez said. "It was the first time Fernando and I attended a Marlins game at Marlins Park. It was Javier's idea to go see the game after the Heat's championship parade."

A perfect day got even better, because they went from one winning atmosphere right into the glory of winning some bucks. Unbeknownst to those three fans, they would be out in left field atop the Clevelander club, fielding trivia questions and celebrating correct answers as sudden participants in the latest episode of the new MLB.com game show, "Bucks on the Pond."

The show is hosted by Jeremy Brisiel, and you might be a part of it when you least expect it. Fans interact with MLB.com's studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action inside.

Look for new shows to be released on MLB.com every Tuesday and Thursday this season.

"I think fans will enjoy this segment," David said. "It shows that it pays to have useless knowledge sometimes. It might even bring more people out to the stadium to watch the segment being filmed or to see if they can get on the show."

In creating a new experience for fans, MLB.com is giving people a chance to earn bucks while they spend bucks there. Let's say you got up to order a hot dog between innings or you are at one of the souvenir stands on the concourse. Fans are selected randomly on the day the Bucks team is at that park, and suddenly the game is on.

Contestants are asked a trivia question -- general knowledge and baseball -- on each pitch in a half-inning of baseball. Get the question correct and earn some bucks. Get the question wrong and it's a strike. Three strikes and you're out.

The questions' difficulty and value increase with the outs in the on-field action: $5 easy questions to start, $10 medium-difficulty questions after one out, $20 hard questions after two outs. If the contestant lasts longer than the team at-bat, they win the bucks in their bank.

In addition to the Marlins, teams visited so far include the Orioles, Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox and Royals. Tentatively coming up are home games for the Astros, Cubs, Mets and White Sox.

"I think we did really well," David Martinez said. "I was surprised by Javier's answers to the baseball questions and by Fernando's answer to who was Lewis and Clark's Native American guide."

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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