Fan wearing Marlins garb at World Series allegedly asked to remove it … he declined
The Internet had some fun on Tuesday night speculating why in the heck was a guy dressed in Miami Marlins gear was kicking it in primo seats behind home plate during Game 1 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.
It turns out the guy has made the act of snagging seats such as the one he landed at Kauffman Stadium for Tuesday’s game something of a hobby. By doing so, he can support the Marlins in a delightfully conspicuous manner.
In fact, the sight of the Marlins gear in essentially every shot of every pitch thrown during Game 1 was so noticeable — and perceptively disruptive, at least to the Royals — that the team and stadium personnel allegedly asked the man to change his shirt, or at least cover it up with some Royals garb.
Meet Laurence Leavy, a 58-year-old attorney from Miami. A man who has managed to be prominently seated in primo locations on several occasions over the past few postseasons.
Leavy, a/k/a “Marlins Man,” as the Miami Herald refers to him in an article — with an obligatory “Marlins Man” Twitter account — said he paid $8,000 for the seat and he wasn’t interested in changing his shirt simply to appease the pleadings of oversensitive, overreacting types. Nor was he amenable to the idea of moving out of the seat he paid a tidy sum to secure, an offer apparently made by the Royals, who Leavy says promised him a spot in a private luxury suite if he was so inclined … which he was not.
“The owner of the Royals was extremely upset that I was there,” he told the Herald.
He was also enticed by those individuals who approached him with World Series-related memorabilia. Peavy wouldn’t budge.
While it’s unclear if he has ran into similar issues in the past related to his rocking Marlins gear, Peavy has been spotted on a handful of occasions similarly attired.
He was present at Game 4 of the ALDS between the Royals and Baltimore Orioles, essentially in the same seat as Tuesday (via The Big Lead):
Peavy also made an appearance — in his Marlins gear, of course, at the 2012 NLCS and World Series.
When asked how he has so much discretionary income available to spend on ensuring that he has some of the best seats in the house at big-time sporting events, Peavy provided an excellent response.
“I never had any kids, nor have any wife,” Leavy told the Miami Herald via phone on Wednesday. “You don’t have to pay for a wife and kids, so you have money in the bank.”
Yup, makes sense.
[H/T The Big Lead]