He only got to wear it for a quick photo shoot.
But Lewis Brinson still got a kick out of putting on the teal pinstriped jersey he grew up watching his favorite team wear.
“The word Marlins on the front, the teal, the pinstripes, that’s what I grew up watching,” Brinson said. “Even to put that on for the photo shoot was pretty cool. But to put that on this weekend, I’m gonna be pretty excited to do that again.”
Brinson will get to wear the teal on the field this weekend.
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So will numerous notable Marlins’ alums as the franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary festivities Friday through Sunday during the team’s three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park.
Marlins fans have been so excited since the announcement that many have clamored for the club to bring the teal uniforms back for good.
Brinson said he’d love it if they ever decided to do that.
“I’d say bring them back for good, but that’s not up to me. I think a lot of guys like that old school teal look. A lot of teams are going back to that maybe once a series or every Friday I don’t know.
“Those old school uniforms didn’t look that good back in the day, but with updated technology and the updated versions they’re using now they look good so I’m all for wearing those full time. It’s going to be exciting and I can’t wait to get back home to see that.”
The Marlins announced the list of alumni this week that will be introduced as part of a pregame ceremony at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. They will also take part in an Alumni Softball game on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Fans with tickets to Sunday’s game can watch the softball game.
The list of alums includes members of both the 1997 and 2003 World Series championship teams as well as the 1993 inaugural season. Participating in the festivities will be Jeff Conine (Friday only), Charles Johnson, Mike Lowell, Luis Castillo, Livan Hernandez, Edgar Renteria, Alex Gonzalez, Juan Pierre, Alex Fernandez, Charlie Hough, Orestes Destrade, Benito Santiago, Alex Arias, original Marlins manager Rene Lachemann, Kurt Abbott, Antonio Alfonseca, Cliff Floyd, Fredi Gonzalez, Todd Hollandsworth, Gaby Sanchez, Preston Wilson, Mike Jacobs, Ed Lucas, Carl Pavano and Placido Polanco.
The Marlins are offering special $4 tickets for all three games — the same prices for which they were sold on Opening Day in 1993. They are also offering special pricing on ticket packages for group tickets and private suite rentals for all three days.
Former Marlins players and coaches attending the event will be available to fans at autograph and selfie stations inside the park beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. Saturday. A Charlie Hough bobblehead will be given away to all full season ticket holders on Friday as well and there will be a fireworks show postgame.
NO SWEEP IN ROOKIE’S RETURN
Trevor Richards, ranked the Marlins’ No. 10 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, was recalled from Triple A for his second major-league stint with the Marlins on Thursday and started in their 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Richards, the Marlins’ 25-year old rookie right-handed pitcher from Aviston, Illinois who attended nearby Drury University (Springfield, Missouri), had a decent-sized cheering section on hand mostly seated behind the Marlins’ dugout.
They watched Richards strike out four, walk none and give up three runs on seven hits overall.
"It was kind of a different feeling pitching in St. Louis in front of friends and family, but the jitters were gone," said Richards, who had pitched at Busch Stadium before in a high school all-star game and grew up a Cardinals fan. "It was just excitement out there."
But the Marlins couldn’t overcome his rough first inning in which he allowed three hits including a two-run home run to Jose Martinez. The Marlins (22-40) had scored a combined 18 runs the previous two games.
Richards then retired 12 of the next 14 batters he faced and pitched into the sixth until Tommy Pham and Martinez again hurt Richards with a pair of singles to lead off the inning prompting his exit after 83 pitches. Marcell Ozuna drove in Pham on the next at-bat with a single off Brad Ziegler.
Richards is now 0-3 with a 5.02 ERA in six starts this season (28.2 innings), allowing 29 hits, 17 runs (16 earned), four home runs, 14 walks. He had 28 strikeouts. Richards went 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA in six Triple A starts (39 1/3 innings) with 37 strikeouts and only four walks.
The Marlins, who failed to record what would have been their first three-game sweep of the Cardinals since 1996, scored their lone run on a two-out RBI double by Justin Bour in the top of the sixth.
Ben Meyer, called up Wednesday from Triple A, made his major league debut in the seventh inning in relief of Adam Conley, who gave up a homer to pinch hitter Luke Voit and a single to Matt Carpenter – the only two batters he faced. Meyer retired Tommy Pham (fly out), Jose Martinez (fielder’s choice) and Marcell Ozuna (deep fly out).
"I was kind of nervous the whole game every time the [bullpen] phone rang," Meyer said. "But I get nervous for every game. Once I started throwing to the catcher, you kind of get in that zone and everything takes care of itself."
Bryan Holaday extended his club record streak of throwing runners out to eight in a row on Thursday when he caught Kolten Wong stealing to end the fourth inning. The major league record by a catcher is 12 in a row.
Friday: Miami Marlins LHP Caleb Smith (4-6, 4.03 ERA) vs. San Diego Padres LHP Eric Lauer (2-3, 6.82), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
Saturday: Marlins RHP Dan Straily (2-2, 3.50) vs. Padres RHP Tyson Ross (5-3, 3.31), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.