NEW YORK -- Marlins relievers Dan Jennings and Ryan Webb needed to cut their interview at the MLB Fan Cave a little short Friday afternoon. They had just nabbed the catch of the day.
"We've been waiting all day for this," said Jennings before the two joined their prank-happy teammates near the Fan Cave entrance.
The Marlins were in full force with Steve Cishek, Chad Gaudin, Heath Bell, and Tom Koehler all in tow. Armed with a fishing pole and camera, they had been hard at work luring in New Yorkers for a skit. According to Jennings, the secret is in the bait.
"People don't want the dollars, they seem to go after the [five dollar bills]," Jennings said. "It's inflation; money is not what it used to be."
As far as the Marlins were concerned, both the pranks and the Fan Cave itself were a hit. After riding the Home Run slide, signing the Ball Wall and sidearming a new high score on the skee-ball machine, Cishek was especially impressed.
"This place is amazing. [This is] definitely a dream job for a lot of people," Cishek said. "It's a giant toy house, and if you're a kid in an adult's body, this is the place to be."
Gaudin was more impressed with the Cave Dwellers. After spotting the 15-television "Cave Monster" set up, he still wasn't sure he could watch all 2,430 games.
"We just watch clips of games. Just clips and we get a little burnt out," Gaudin said. "We definitely respect them for that, because that's a lot of baseball."
The Marlins' side trip might have come at a pivotal time as they rested up before their three-game series at Citi Field that evening. Miami faces off against the Mets for six of its last 12 games. As the Marlins start their last road trip just a half-game behind the Mets in the NL East, Bell said there's some extra motivation to nail down a win.
"We're going to go out there and we're going to try to win. It's one of those things where if we beat them more than we lose, then we can get out of the cellar," Bell said. "It would be an accomplishment not to be in last place this year."
Webb agreed, saying success against the Mets during this last stretch could lead to even more laughter in 2013.
"It's the last series of the year, you want to finish strong and make a statement and build some momentum for next year," Webb said. "I want to play well enough against the Mets to come back to the MLB Fan Cave next year."
Gary Cotton is an editorial intern for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.