Patience and God’s will equals joy that words will not express.
Miami Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin showed that the moment he received his World Series ring he earned from the Houston Astros.
Maybin finally received the ring in the late month of May. His former Astros teammates were presented their share of bling in a pre-game ceremony in April. Maybin had to wait and wait to receive his by mail.
“They wanted someone to personally deliver it; I was so hyped about it, I kept calling them and said just overnight it, and let us get some insurance on it,” Maybin said. “As a kid playing in the backyard that’s what you dream about playing in the World Series, holding your arms up when that third out is made, and knowing you are a World Champion, I truly love the game that we play, that is something they can never take away from me, I am a World Champ.”
The Astros visited the White House in March. Maybin was missing in action there also.
The Detroit Tigers drafted Maybin in the 2005 draft, however, was a Marlin from the 2008-10 seasons. From Miami, he bounced around from ballpark to park.
Houston claimed the outfielder off waivers from the Angels on the last day of August. Maybin spent the final month of the regular season with the Astros and appeared in six postseason games for them.
“I call them my brothers forever because the chemistry the comrade, the way each guy cared about one another was unique,” Maybin shared. “They’ve done a great job over there in Houston to create a family environment of brotherhood.”
When you count your fingers, Maybin’s time with the Astros was for only two months. The outfielder went through 12 seasons and never made a trip to the playoffs, those two months may have felt like an eternity.
The talented outfielder became a free agent following the season and signed a one-year deal returning his talents to the Marlins.
The package arrived, Maybin found what he has been waiting months for in his clubhouse locker. Again, that patience and God’s will was equivalent to the joy Maybin was feeling. The fit was perfect, and he shared it with his Marlins teammates.
“The biggest thing is that we have it here, it about creating an atmosphere where guys generally care about the next guy,” Maybin said. “You can’t achieve the ultimate goal, and that’s winning a championship without pulling for each other and caring about each other. I think we have a great group here now.”
At the break, the Marlins took the series against the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies and had gone 21-18 since June 5 but 41-57 overall.
The ring didn’t remain in Miami for long. During an off day, Maybin took it back home to North Carolina to present it to his father.