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Rays vs. Marlins Video: Watch Transformers Assist on Opening Pitch

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 7, 2017

When the Tampa Bay Rays played the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, there was more than meets the eye to the ceremonial first pitch.

That's right, folks—there were Transformers! Awesome, right? And though they didn't actually throw out the first pitch—because honestly, that would have just blown minds everywhere—they did accompany one lucky kid as he did the honors. 

From Mark Townsend of Yahoo!'s Big League Stew:

 The two larger than life machines—who will be back on the big screen for Transformers 4 next summerwere on hand to accompany a lucky young fan from the Give Kids the World Foundation for a very special ceremonial first pitch. That honor went to Timothy Stahlsmith, who as you can see showed off some pretty solid mechanics as he rocked and fired to young Marlins starter Jose Fernandez.

Honestly, this was the best performance by the Transformers since the Beast Wars days. 

Of all the superheroes the Marlins could bring to the stadium, the Transformers make the most sense. After all, the organization is basically Major League Baseball's version of the Decepticons, changing from a team with a respectable roster this summer to a team with one or two recognizable players, all in one fire sale. 

In fact, I might call them the Miami Decepticons from now on. They have the rare ability to start as a baseball team and turn into a lemon.

And yes, in this analogy, Jeffrey Loria is obviously Megatron. He thought he had tracked the All Spark to a new stadium deal, but he ended up inadvertently destroying his baseball team.

All joking aside, this was a pretty sweet promotion by the Marlins. It's not every day you see two Transformers, let alone at a baseball stadium. Well done, Miami Decepticons—inviting your sworn enemies into the stadium for the first pitch was a solid move. 


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