Marlins Man joins the Andy Slater Show LIVE from the New York Yankees home opener! Marlins Man checks in with Andy while sitting behind home plate and next to Jimmy Fallon.
He tells Andy that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told him years ago that "he would be huge for baseball" if he kept up the ritual of wearing his Marlins gear to MLB games and other sporting events.
About Marlins Man: Beginning in 2012, Laurence Leavy started gaining attention for his attendance at a number of professional sporting events (not just Marlins games!), always decked out in his bright orange Miami Marlins gear.
Originally an Atlanta Braves fan, Leavy was first noticed at a 2012 Miami Heat playoff game in which white T-shirts were distributed. Wearing his orange Marlins shirt after attending their game earlier that same day, the white T-shirt was stolen from his seat, causing him to be visible against the rest of the white shirts on television.
Leavy credits his prominence to the new color scheme introduced first by the Marlins that year. The term Marlins Man was first coined by a park ranger who recognized Leavy near the Golden Gate Bridge!
And although you can find him at many events, don't expect to see him alone! Instead of buying the premiere seats only for himself, he’s using his Facebook account, the Andy Slater Show, and other outlets to "pay it forward" by inviting total strangers — three and four at a time — to join and sit with him at games! The free tickets come with one simple request from Leavy: that those receiving them continue to “pay it forward” by performing some benevolent act of kindness for others in need.
All along the his sports-ridden journey, he will be continue to be joined by strangers-turned-friends.