Back to the Future Part II made some bold predictions about life in the wild and oh-so-zany future of 2015.
Of course, probably the most specific, date-driven prophesy from the 1989 movie is the Chicago Cubs beating a baseball team from Miami in the 2015 World Series. Marty McFly travels to the future and sees a holo-billboard displaying news of the Cubs sweeping a Miami baseball team—a club that doesn't exist back in his neck of the space-time continuum.
The producers went for big air there, and sure enough, that baseball team from Miami has come into existence. Furthermore, that Miami team would really like to use this season to change the part where it gets mauled by the Cubbies.
Yep, the Miami Marlins are demonstrating against Back to the Future Part II’s dismissal of their franchise with a “#Rewrite the Future” promotion for the team’s 2015 season.
Essentially, the Marlins are determined to not lose to the Cubs in 2015 and will unfurl several special events at the stadium in honor of beating the Back to the Future curse.
According to On Cloud Conine, the franchise will kick things off on April 5 with a “Back to Opening Day!” social media event that will involve live-tweeting, minute-to-minute action from the Marlins’ 1993 home opener—its first game as a major league team. If you’re into deep franchise nostalgia, this is for you.
The next event will take place on June 1, 2 and 3, when the team hosts the Cubs for a three-game homestand. Purchasers of special-event packages will get T-shirts featuring the alligator mascot the team might have had if Back to the Future producers had their way.
Lastly, Miami will host a “Back to the Future” night at Marlins Park on September 25. Fans who buy tickets to special events held by the team will receive a "Billy McFly" bobblehead.
The best thing about the Marlins fighting against the prophesy is that a portion of the proceeds from all Back to the Future events in June and September will go toward the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
So there you have it: Miami is going all the way this year—or will at least try its damnedest to beat the Cubs and raise money for charity in the process.
This may be a big campaign founded on a fictional event that isn’t even possible, but I respect the Marlins’ hustle and planning. Might as well capitalize on the final year of relevant Back to the Future nostalgia while it’s ahead of you. No one needs to focus on the fact that a Miami Marlins-Chicago Cubs World Series can’t occur due to their both being in the National League. Don't kill me with your cold science.
I submit that you dream on, you crazy dreamers—and never turn down a chance to yell “Great Scott!” in public.
Dan is on Twitter. He won’t rest until working hoverboards are realized.