They came into this season expecting to have fun in their new surroundings and watch a pennant race take shape, and for them, one out of two isn't bad. They were winners in the latest episode of "Bucks on the Pond," the new MLB.com game show creating buzz around the league.
"My friends Tony, Dale, Jojo and I had an awesome time at the game," Velez said in an e-mail on Tuesday to MLB.com. "Being part of a game show at Marlins Park was great. We enjoyed the game and won some Bucks on the Pond. It doesn't get much better than that."
Like the two blue-painted fans in Kansas City, this quartet stood out not only for its trivia prowess but also its wardrobe. Watch the video to see the style, the passion, the water archery, the hint of "Miami Vice" nostalgia and the path to "Bucks" glory.
"Bucks on the Pond" is hosted by Jeremy Brisiel, and you might be a part of it when you least expect it. Fans at the ballpark interact with MLB.com's studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action inside, and new episodes are being released every Tuesday and Thursday this season.
In creating a new experience for fans, MLB.com is giving people a chance to earn bucks while they spend bucks there. This marked the second episode featuring Marlins fans, as three fans won some bucks in a previous episode.
"It shows that it pays to have useless knowledge sometimes," Marlins fan David Martinez said after that episode. "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."
Contestants are asked a trivia question -- general knowledge and baseball -- on each pitch during a half-inning of baseball. Get the question correct, and win money. Get the question wrong, and it's a strike. Three strikes, and you're out.
The questions' difficulty and value increase with the number of outs in the on-field action: $5 easy questions start the show, $10 medium-difficulty questions follow after one out, $20 hard questions come with two outs. If the contestants last longer than the half-inning, they win the bucks in their bank.
Fans are selected randomly on the day the "Bucks" team is at that park, and Velez, Colaluca, Diaz and Villar seized the moment when they were spotted above the "Clevelander" club.
"Green Man and Mr. America come out to all the games we go to," Velez said, explaining the getups. "It's like a tradition of ours so we can make it on the big screen."
"We just figured we celebrate the Marlins -- lead them on as much as we can," Colaluca muttered behind his mask.
"We've gotta get on TV!" Villar muttered behind his.
Oh, they got on the big screen now. Just expand your video player. See how much they know about rock stars, animated characters, watches, holidays and, of course, baseball.
In addition to the Marlins, teams visited so far include the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, Royals, Astros, Cubs and White Sox. Be on the lookout for the "Bucks" crew at your ballpark.