If you’ve watched any big sporting event over the last decade or so, you may have noticed a reoccurring fan in an orange Miami Marlin’s getup. That’s Laurence Leavy, better known as “Marlins Man.” He has appeared at hundreds of live sporting events over the years, including multiple World Series, NBA Finals, All-Star Games, college football games, and even a Super Bowl or two.
He can often be seen sitting right behind home plate of playoff baseball games, wearing his bright Marlins gear, regardless of which two teams are actually playing. He has appeared in the deciding game of the last five World Series, but he says he won’t be at Game Seven of the 2016 Fall Classic, citing security concerns.
The 58-year-old superfan had previous issues with the home crowd in Cleveland back in June. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, he won’t be returning to Progressive Field.
“Everywhere I went, I was threatened,” he said. “I can’t even use the words on the video and publish it. But it was like, ‘Get out of here; I wish I had a gun or a knife; If I didn’t leave my knife in the pickup truck, I’d stab you right now; Get the frick out of here – we were two runs away from beating you in ’97.’ I mean, I can’t even say the stuff I was told because it’s a public forum.”
Just changed my settings so u can’t DM me if I don’t follow u. TOO BAD for thousands of derogatory, bigoted, rude and vulgar Indians fans
— Marlins_Man (@Marlins_Man) October 25, 2016
Somehow, we think the World Series will carry on without him. Game Seven between the Cubs and the Indians happens Wednesday night in Cleveland.