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'Marlins Man' Reveals Cancer Scare Is Why He Attends so Many Sporting Events

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2015
Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

After last night's World Series game, Carlos Correa asked Marlins Man for a picture, not other way around https://t.co/kN5lzpx7TP

If you've never heard of "Marlins Man," you've surely seen him.

He's the guy in orange—bright orange, that is—who has become a bit of a baseball celebrity. He's frequently seen during the highest-profile MLB games in a seat behind home plate.

ESPN's Darren Rovell recently wrote a story about the fan, whose real name is Laurence Leavy.

"It's fathers, daughters, sons—people of all ages—who want to take a picture with him. At Game 3 of the World Series in New York, he took about 400 pictures," Rovell wrote.

In addition to having his own fans, the 59-year-old Leavy also works as a lawyer. Here's what life is like for him:

A typical day for Leavy is flying to a city, doing five hours of work by filing briefs or reading over material. His job is almost entirely mobile because he says only 1 percent of his cases actually go to trial where he needs to show up in court. When he's done, he heads out to the ballpark usually four hours before first pitch, with five fully-charged phone batteries in his pocket so that he never loses power.

What made him choose this lifestyle, though?

Leavy had always gone to a lot of games, but never at the pace he has put himself on since March. That's when an initial diagnosis of liver cancer with six to eight months to live got his attention. On a second reading, it turned out to be a mass of scar tissue, but the 59-year-old lawyer wasn't looking back. He was going to enjoy life.

It seems to have worked out pretty well for Leavy.

Houston Astros star Carlos Correa probably doesn't ask just any ol' lawyer for a picture.

[ESPN, Twitter]

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