MIAMI -- The Marlins celebrated the 25th anniversary of their inaugural season this weekend, wearing their throwback teal uniforms and inviting a handful of franchise icons to Marlins Park for the festivities.• VOTE Hosmer: Camping World All-Star BallotEric Hosmer spent the majority of those 25 seasons as an avid Marlins
MIAMI -- The Marlins celebrated the 25th anniversary of their inaugural season this weekend, wearing their throwback teal uniforms and inviting a handful of franchise icons to Marlins Park for the festivities.
• VOTE Hosmer: Camping World All-Star Ballot
Eric Hosmer spent the majority of those 25 seasons as an avid Marlins fan growing up in South Florida. On Sunday, Hosmer spoiled the afternoon for Marlins fans everywhere.
The Padres' first baseman crushed an opposite-field two-run homer in the sixth inning off Miami right-hander Jose Urena. It was his first homer in 13 career games against his boyhood team, and it would prove to be the difference in San Diego's 3-1 victory.
"This weekend was crazy," Hosmer said. "It was my first time driving myself to the stadium, and them using those old uniforms. All the guys coming out for the anniversary, those are all the guys I grew up watching -- Alex Fernandez, Benito Santiago, Juan Pierre, Cliff [Floyd], all those guys. It was really cool for me. I kind of turned back the clock this series, getting to see all those guys on the field."
Hosmer estimated he had approximately 50-60 friends and family members in attendance at Marlins Park. When his sixth-inning blast landed to the left of the home run structure in left-center field, they made their voices heard.
Hosmer broke into a smile around first base. When he crossed the plate, he raised his right hand toward the box where his immediate family was sitting.
"All I had to do was look up, and I was looking right at them," Hosmer said. "That was a cool moment for me."
Even more special, Hosmer said, was the fact that this weekend marked the first time his parents were able to see him play in person in a Padres uniform.
"Back home, it means a lot, it definitely does," Hosmer said. "It definitely gives me a little more energy any time I get to come back home to Florida and play in front of them."
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.