Choate’s Corner supporting the bullpen
Behind Miami’s bullpen at Marlins Park are the bleachers, and one of the season ticket holders there happens to be a neighbor of reliever Randy Choate. He happens to be a police officer in Hollywood.
He came up with the idea of printing up large cutouts of the relievers heads. The neighbor and some friends in the section waved the giant images during Tuesday night’s game against the Braves.
Collectively, a gathering displayed the faces of Heath Bell, Randy Choate, Ryan Webb, Edward Mujica, Chad Gaudin and Steve Cishek. The Fox Sports Florida cameras took notice, and so did those who piece together the introduction of ESPN’s SportsCenter. The images were showed for just a second leading into SportsCenter.
“They guy who did it first, he’s a huge Tigers fan, but he’s just really a big baseball fan,” Choate said. “He’s got tickets out there. He’s like six, seven rows up. It just happened one night when I got home, after we played somebody on Sunday, the neighbor caught wind that I lived there.”
That evening Choate hung out with some of his neighbors. The idea was born to do something to show their support of the guys in the bullpen. Choate sent a picture to his new friend, who had the big head images printed up.
Since then, he sent images of all the relievers. The latest picture sent was of Dan Jennings, who wasn’t on the roster when the giant prints were first made.
— Joe Frisaro