Who: Miami Marlins, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball player Logan Morrison
What: The JJ’s Old Fashioned cocktail paired with the Surf and Turf of certified Angus tenderloin tips grilled to perfection with horseradish sauce and Caribbean shrimp grilled with a tropical mango salsa; the Asian Ahi Tuna Salad of mixed greens, Napa cabbage, red peppers, almonds, scallions, mandarin oranges and cellophane noodles; and the 10-ounce Soft Baked Bavarian Brauhaus Pretzel served with house-made spicy beer cheese sauce and sweet honey mustard.
Where: Stadium Grill, 1203 Town Center Drive, Jupiter / 561.630.9669 / stadiumgrilljupiter.com
1) What I remember most about the day I was called-up from the minors to make my Major League Baseball debut was: calling my parents to tell them the news. I called them at 2 a.m. from the airport in New Orleans. At the time my dad was ill with lung cancer. My mom answered the phone and cried. My dad told me ‘now you can go to work.’
2) The most memorable encounters I’ve had with fans were: always with the kids I hosted a camp for when I was with the Marlins. The kids genuinely love the game of baseball. They’re all in college now, but I actually still keep in touch with many of them. When I was a kid my dad would take me to any camp that he could. We would hit a bucket of balls together every day. He would have wanted me to do this for these kids.
3) Even as a major leaguer, I’ll admit I once became star-stuck around: George Brett. I met him for the first time at the 2013 All-Star game in Kansas City. I blacked out. He said to me, ‘I hear you wear No. 5 because of me. Well Brooks Robinson called me five so I’m going to call you five.’ I haven’t heard from him since (laughs).
4) The reason I stop and salute the sky after every home run I hit is: to pay respect to my dad. I get to keep his memory alive. He served in the Coast Guard. It’s a show of respect to salute your commanding officers. He was the best dad anyone could ever ask for. When I was a boy I told him I wanted to be a Major League Baseball player one day and he never let me forget it.
5) What I realize after becoming a dad myself is: that I can be in the worst mood and my daughter can say something and snap me right out of it. It’s amazing to watch kids grow up. She’s 2.5 and acts 15. I needed tough love and my dad was there to supply it. My wife gets to play the good cop, and I get to be the bad cop.
A native of Kansas City Missouri, Logan Morrison made his Major League debut with the Florida Marlins in June 2010. In 2012, Morrison was named the Marlins nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente award, presented to a Major League Baseball player who best demonstrates an outstanding commitment to helping others. Following the 2013 season, Morrison was traded to the Seattle Mariners where he spent two seasons before signing with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016. Morrison’s baseball camps for children have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations such as the American Lung Association and the Moffitt Cancer Center. A free agent at press time, Logan Morrison continues his volunteer work with the Student ACES program in Palm Beach County, mentoring young student athletes in leadership. Along with his wife, Christine, and daughter, Ily, Morrison currently resides in Jupiter.
About the Cocktail
The Johnny Walker Black JJ’s Old Fashioned:
2 ounces Johnny Walker Black Label
3 dashes of angostura bitters
2 bar spoons of simple syrup
Stir gently, pour into cocktail glass, garnish with orange peel and cherry.