TAMPA, Fla.(June 25, 2013) - Army veteran Lenin Hernandez,from Wellington, Fla., will throw the first pitch at the Miami Marlins home game on Monday, July 1 at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. Hernandez was invited by Outback Steakhouse® and Operation Homefront to officially kick off the game as the Miami Marlins take on the San Diego Padres. Outback Steakhouse® is the presenting sponsor of the Marlins “South Florida Heroes Mondays.”
Hernandez, a native of Miami, was deployed to Iraq two times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served five years at 3rd Infantry Division and three years at the Florida National Guard. He was injured in combat in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery. He currently participates with Operation Homefront as a volunteer. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and Wounded Warriors. Since 2010, Outback Steakhouse® has raised more than $2 Million for Operation Homefront.
Outback Steakhouse® sponsors the Marlins “South Florida Heroes Mondays” which provides complimentary tickets for Monday evening games to all active and retired military personnel, veterans, first responders and military citizens. For more information, please visit http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ticketing/heroes.jspFor over 20 years, Outback Steakhouse® has been proudly supporting our troops. We have sent volunteer employees overseas to feed over 200,000 American soldiers. For everyone at Outback, it is an honor serving those who serve us so selflessly every day. For more information about Outback’s commitment and these offers, please visit www.outback.com/troops.
Outback Steakhouse was voted #1 Best Steak in the 2012 Zagat Survey® of National Full-Service Restaurant Chains for the third consecutive year. Outback Steakhouse starts fresh every day to create the flavors that our mates crave. Best known for grilled steaks, chicken and seafood, Outback also offers a wide variety of crisp salads and freshly made soups and sides. New creations and grilled classics are made from scratch daily using only the highest quality ingredients sourced from around the world. For more information, please visit www.outback.com or http://www.facebook.com/outback.
The Miami Marlins were granted a Major League Baseball franchise on July 5, 1991. The Club’s first game and win was on April 5, 1993 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Club was originally named the Florida Marlins until November 11, 2011 when they officially became the Miami Marlins. The Marlins opened their state-of-theart, retractable roof ballpark in Miami in March 2012. The Marlins won their first of two World Series Championships in 1997 in the deciding game of seven-game series over the Cleveland Indians. At the time, the Marlins became the quickest expansion franchise ever to win a title in Major League Baseball history. The Marlins won their second World Championship in 2003 in six games over the New York Yankees. Since 1993, the Marlins have been awarded two Manager of the Year awards, three Rookie of the Year awards, seven Silver Sluggers, nine Gold Gloves and have had 39 representatives at the All-Star Game. The Miami Marlins, L.P. are owned by Jeffrey H. Loria who officially purchased the franchise on February 16, 2002.
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