MIAMI -- Teal is his favorite color, so when the Marlins brought out the throwback teal uniforms for the 25th Anniversary Weekend, Miami infielder Miguel Rojas was all in."It was my favorite color growing up," Rojas said prior to the Marlins opening a three-game series with the Padres, celebrating the
MIAMI -- Teal is his favorite color, so when the Marlins brought out the throwback teal uniforms for the 25th Anniversary Weekend, Miami infielder Miguel Rojas was all in.
"It was my favorite color growing up," Rojas said prior to the Marlins opening a three-game series with the Padres, celebrating the 25 years of the franchise. In addition to the throwback uniforms, the Marlins brought back a replica of the scoreboard in left field, as well as honoring some of the players from the last 25 years.
"I was a fan of the Florida Marlins," Rojas said. "There were a couple of players that I knew from Venezuela -- Alex Gonzalez, Jose Cabrera, Ozzie Guillen was the third-base coach. I remember those days. I am so proud of wearing those colors today."
The Marlins won the 1997 and 2003 World Series with those colors.
"This is a great opportunity for us to remember those times, the 25 years of the club, and those championships," Rojas continued. "That's where we're trying to go to. I feel like this is a special moment for us to remember those times and trying to go to that direction."
Not surprisingly, manger Don Mattingly was particularly taken with the pinstripe uniforms.
"They're good looking," Mattingly said. "It was interesting to see them in the locker room and the hats. Definitely different from what they are right now. I think they're kind of cool."
No stranger to the pinstripe look, having played in pinstripes with the Yankees for 14 seasons, Mattingly said he likes the "classy" look.
"I got used to those pinstripes," said Mattingly, who welcomed the opportunity to meet with some of the former Marlins players. "It's always good when the older guys come back and they tell stories. It's pretty much my generation, so a lot of the guys I know. A few guys I played against."
Justin Bour was another player anxious to put on the throwback uniform.
"They're awesome," said the Marlins' first baseman. "I love them. I'm excited to wear them."
The celebration brings an extra spark of excitement for local product Lewis Brinson. The Marlins' center fielder was born in Fort Lauderdale and graduated from Coral Springs High School.
"I grew up watching those uniforms, so it means a lot [to wear them]," Brinson said. "They were my favorite team growing up. So, playing for them now is icing on the cake. Getting to wear these uniforms for the weekend is the cherry on top."
Brinson said that as a kid he owned a replica of the jersey he will be wearing for the weekend celebration.
"I don't know where they are now, but they're definitely at my mom's house somewhere," he said.
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami.