It's another Marlins Man Monday on the Andy Slater Show! Marlins Man, AKA Laurence Leavy, joins us LIVE from the middle of Times Square, NYC. You never know where Marlins Man will show up, but this week, its from the Big Apple -- on a little break until he heads to Boston for some baseball at Fenway Park.
Leavy made headlines again this past week, this time, for making an amazing contribution to a Florida Highway Patrol Officer and his family.
Trooper Carlos Rosario, 37, was struck on the Dolphin Expressway in March.
Since then, he has been recovering, participating in therapy, and healing with family nearby.
Leavy tells us "I made a resolution to myself to get more involved in Miami more than anywhere in the country this year." After learning that Rosario's family raised $63,000 on a GoFundMe page that had a total goal of $75,000, Marlins Man says "I felt like they were stuck on third base and I wanted to help them score."
Leavy donated the final $12,000 to help them reach home base!
The two remain friends and Leavy promises to take Rosario and his entire family to a Marlins game once the trooper is feeling up to it.
That's just the start of our conversation on this Marlins Man Monday. Check out the entire segment here:
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.