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Marlins Man chastised by team after member of entourage flashed opponent

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Laurence Leavy, aka "Marlins Man," describes how he came up with the idea for the Royals new hand signal.
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Laurence Leavy, aka "Marlins Man," describes how he came up with the idea for the Royals new hand signal.

Is Marlins Man’s 15 minutes of fame up yet?

Laurence Leavy made a name for himself during the 2014 World Series because his orange Marlins attire stood out in a sea of blue at Kauffman Stadium. That earned him the moniker “Marlins Man,” and he’s continued to attend sporting events across the country.

Leavy adopted the Royals as one of his favorite teams, and fans here seem to be quite fond of Marlins Man, who gave money to the families of the Kansas City firefighters who died in 2015. When he’s at a Royals game, fans often take selfies with Leavy.

But he got into hot water this week, according to multiple media outlets.

During Wednesday’s Marlins-Cardinals game, one of the female guests of Marlins Man tried to distract St. Louis pitcher Brett Cecil by lowering her shirt and flashing part of her breasts. If you’re inclined, you can see the video here.

“I didn’t know what happened,” Leavy told The New York Post. “When I came back, people were like, ‘Did you hear what happened?’ Then the Marlins sent me a text message, ‘You need to keep you girls under control, they cannot be flashing on TV it’s not appropriate. Bringing them is one thing to have fun, but the actions aren’t good for the image and we can’t condone it.’ 

The woman’s name, according to the Miami Herald, is Korina Evaniuk.

“I was just having fun,” Evaniuk told “That’s just me. It’s my personality. We were drinking. We were, I don’t know, watching the game. It was, I don’t know, we wanted to have a distraction. We wanted to try and win.”

She tweeted about the flashing after Wednesday’s game as well.

Leavy has caught heat on Twitter about it. And he tweeted that he agreed the stunt was done in bad taste, but that Evaniuk thought she wasn’t on camera because the Marlins feed was off. Apparently, it was picked up by the Cardinals telecast.

By the way, that New York Post story is about how Leavy has made a point of going to games with women (called “Mermaids”).

“I’m going to try bringing sexy back to the MLB,” he told the Post.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff