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Marlins play it safe with walk-off celebration

Marlins play it safe with walk-off celebration

Marlins play it safe with walk-off celebration
MIAMI -- Along with being in a new ballpark, the Marlins have a new way of celebrating walk-off wins.

They introduced a safer, although messier, way to rejoice on Friday night after Gaby Sanchez's double in the 11th inning scored Chris Coghlan to lift Miami to a 5-4 win over the Astros.

It was the team's first win at Marlins Park, and first walk-off hit in the big leagues for Sanchez, a Miami native.

The celebration carried into the postgame interview on MLB Network, where Sanchez was doused with water and received two shaving-cream pies to the face.

First, closer Heath Bell added the water jug to the head move.

"I've been doing that for a few years now," Bell said. "That's my thing. It's water. I'm not a big fan of the shaving cream. If there is a walk-off or something like that, I like the water jug. It's a good effect. Wakes you up."

Still, Sanchez couldn't avoid getting a healthy dose of shaving cream. Emilio Bonifacio got him, and then when Sanchez was looking for a towel, Anibal Sanchez provided a second helping off shaving cream.

Gaby Sanchez was a mess during the remainder of the interview.

"Luckily where they do it, I can see everything that is happening," he said. "So, we don't want any craziness where somebody tries to jump and get you. So I got water-jugged and two pies in the face with shaving cream."

The Marlins know all too well what can happen when players get out of control. In 2010, Coghlan tore a meniscus in his left knee during a postgame celebration.

"They're grown boys. All these guys are grown boys," bench coach Joey Cora said. "They've seen it on TV. They know how people got hurt. They've seen it on this ballclub, too. It was emotional because of what the ballclub has been through. And we got the first win at the new stadium. It was emotional."

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