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A Major League Upset

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Filming continues in Miami of the Marley & Me movie, and director David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada) is making the most of the colorful locale. The latest was a Florida Marlins game last week. This item ran in the Miami Herald. Check out the YouTube clip of Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston with a hard-to-control Marley clone!


Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson were in the stands at Dolphin Stadium during the Marlins vs. San Diego Padres game Friday night shooting a scene for Marley & Me.

In one scene, Aniston ran down the steps chasing the lovable lab who ''plays'' Marley. In another -- during an inning break -- he ran onto the field.

He wasn't the only dog in the bleachers; the annual Bark in the Park brought out more than 700 pooches, said Sean Flynn, VP of marketing for the Marlins. ''It kind of worked perfectly,'' Flynn said. ``They blended in.''

The celebs brought the fish some luck -- they beat the Padres 6-4. The clip's at
-- Miami Herald

And this report from

MIAMI -- An otherwise regular Major League baseball game will eventually make its way to Hollywood.
A backdrop to the Marlins beating the Padres, 6-4, on Friday night was the shooting of a scene for the upcoming movie "Marley & Me," starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.

Friday was a "Bark at the Park" night for the Marlins, a promotion through which fans can bring their dogs to the stadium. And as it happened, a dog running on the field is part of a scene in the movie, which is set to be released on Christmas Day.

Aniston and Wilson were at the ballpark, filming a few scenes. The first took place in the stands, with a dog racing down the aisles, Wilson and then Aniston in pursuit.

And after Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins was thrown out trying to steal third base, ending the eighth inning, Wilson and Aniston surfaced again, chasing after a dog in left field.

Players were leaving and entering the field but momentarily stopped as the two actors finally grabbed the dog and were whisked away. The segment lasted about a minute and didn't interrupt the game.

"It's kind of weird to see a movie going on," said Marlins left fielder Luis Gonzalez, formerly with the Dodgers and someone who has met his share of A-list stars.

Trying to push the entertainment aspect of the game, the Marlins this season have featured a disc jockey in right field during weekend games, plus a heavy-set male dance team called the Manatees.

"We have big guys on the field, a disc jockey in right field, we've got all kind of stuff going on here," Gonzalez laughed. "This is Marlins baseball.

"I didn't really know it was going to happen then. If I did, I probably would have run out there a little faster and jumped in front of Owen Wilson, and handed it off to her. That would have made me a real hero, right? I should have messed that whole scene up. What were they going to do, kick me off the field? I belonged there more than they did."

Initially, the scene was set to be shot at Dolphin Stadium on April 18, when the Marlins were playing the Nationals, but the filming was postponed because the crew was shooting late in South Beach.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

posted by John Grogan at 8:25 PM


Blogger Merry said...

How sad that anyone found this book in any way entertaining. The way that Grogans treated treated Marley was disturbibg at best.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Dox! said...

oh, don't say that merry. Marley had great owners! and the book is awesome! i can't wait to see the movie!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Merry said...

Yeah, owners who abuse and neglect their dog then write a book about it, that is awesome.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Dox! said...

i disagree. he did not neglect his dog. marley did everything a dog usually does. how do you tret your dog?

6:18 AM  
Blogger Merry said...

-I researched the breed thouroughly before I rescued him.
-I did not rescue my dog to use him as "practice" to be a parent.
I- do not lock him up/isolate him for hours on end, day after day in a cage in the garage.
-I took him for training and continue to use the postive training methods we learned everyday.
-I walk my dog no less than 2 hours per day, because dogs need exercise, even though I work 50 hours a week.
-I have never used a choke collar on my dog because I failed to properly leash train like the Grogans, beaten him because I was depressed, kneed him in the chest because he was acting out because I failed to properly train him like the Grogans.
Addtionally, I would never let my dog suffer for years from a phobia to the point where he bloodied himself by just locking him in a box or feeding him downers.
I would not go away on a famil vacation while my dog lay alone, scared and ill in kennel.

But hey that's just me.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Merry said...

There are no bad dogs only bad owners. Contrary to what you may think, Marley's behavior was a direct result of the failure of his owners to properly care for him, not "usual" dog stuff.

Here's some reading for:

8:22 AM  
Blogger Dox! said...

well, that's your point. i think that each dog has a different history, and things take different ways. you seem to be a good owner, but Mr. Grogan was a good one too!

8:55 AM  
Blogger Merry said...

That's the sad part, so many people think the Grogans were good dog owners, they were not. Are there worse owners out there? absolutely.

Unfortunately most people treat their dogs the way the Grogans treated Marley, and this book does nothing more than justify their actions.

We'll agree to disagree I guess.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Finally finished reading your book... It took me two days to finish those chapters of Marleys last days... I was crying so hard I had to stop ready the book... My poor husband was beside himself when he walked into the room.. I must have been a sight!!
On a different note.. this comments page was very interesting to read... Thanks Merry and dox for your thoughts

8:54 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

I can't wait to see the movie either! After reading the book several times, I never felt that Marley was neglected! I think the book was a heartfelt tribute to the moving whirlwind that Marley was. Still takes me on a roller coaster of emotions each time I read it.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Lance said...

I really liked to read this book. I am from Brazil, and here, this book has been turned a best-seller! I have good expectings for the movie, and I cant wait to see it.

Marley was neglected!

I don't think so.

I think that each dog have his own way to do things, and NEVER we will find a dog that will be equal than other, we can find dogs with similars behavior, but not equal.

I thik that Grogans were great owners, They gave a lot of care and love to Marley.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Dox! said...

iae Lance! beleza? de onde tu é cara?

7:12 PM  
Blogger Lance said...

Wow a brazilian too :D

São Paulo e voce?

9:40 PM  
Blogger JMS said...

I couldn't let merry's comment go unanswered. I have read some of these reviews on Amazon and while I totally disagree with them everyone is entitled to their opinion, its not clear if merry wrote a review or read and believed them. As someone who owned a labrador for many years I completely related to how the Grogans looked after and loved Marley. One thing in particular, Jenny did not beat Marley and when she told John to get him out of the house she was suffering from post natal depression, perhaps merry does not understand what this is like. The love these people had for Marley came over on every page, you only had to read Johns columm, his epithaph to his dog, to know this. I too researched the breed before getting a labrador but I was still unprepared for the chaos he caused on a regular basis. However like John I persevered because I loved my dog and I agree, there is no such thing as a bad dog but neither were the Grogans bad owners, like most of us, not merry obviously, they were inperfect people muddling through doing their best for an animal they quite obviously loved. Despite having to leave my dog alone while working he was walked in excess of 2hrs daily and I did my best to train him, I must have done something right as he eventually died of old age at 18yrs old.


7:00 AM  
Blogger Dox! said...

Santa Catarina Lance! bom encontrar brasileiros que acompanham o blog, huaeuhae! eu descobri esses dias que existe. o que faz da vida cara?

8:37 AM  
Blogger Dox! said...

hey Joan! nice post! i completely agree with you!

8:38 AM  
Blogger LabMom said...

I agree the Grogans were poor dog owners. I think the book did so well because most people find Marley's treatment acceptable. Most people treat their dogs the same way and are really incapable or unwilling to properly care for a dog. The book is dangerous, because it does nothing more than justify inhumane behavior. The dog was abused and neglected bottom line, whether the Grogans "loved" him is really not germaine in light of the way he was treated.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Lance said...

Forver and Ever... don't matter the situation, always we will find people that think different. This is yours point! For me the book is amasing and I am waiting the movie :)

Olá Dox! Sul..que legal.Comecei a visitar o blog esses dias e é bom saber que tem brasileiros comentando aqui também. Pensei que seria o unico hsauuhasuhsa

Sou estudante :D e voce?

See ya

9:26 PM  
Blogger Lance said...

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9:42 PM  
Blogger JMS said...

Folks, can we let this rest now and agree to disagree. These pages are supposed to be to comment on John's blog not to start a war of words between ourselves. Lets not forget that when this very same conflict started on the message board it was closed the following day, although this may have been coincidence we don't want to risk losing any more of the site, do we?

4:18 AM  
Blogger Dog Lady said...

John, I work part-time as a trainer in a PETCO in south Redondo Beach, CA, and today I got to meet one of the Marleys in the movie. An adorable 14 week old puppy.

The owner explained that trainers went in search of puppies to play Marley, at breeders. A few of these puppies were sold to new owners, and when their filming was done these puppies got to go to their new homes. This PETCO client was one of these owners.

I can't wait to see the movie.

2:04 PM  
Blogger LauraZ said...

I just finished this book today and I am still having a hard time pulling myself together. I can't stop crying. I wrote the author an email and then read that he has no time to read emails anymore. Bummer. I'm sure he has heard what I had to say a million times, but when you are affected so emotionally as many have been by this book, you want to connect with the author. I'm not at all of the camp that the Grogans abused Marley. For heavens sake. I was a bit surprised that they left on vacation so many miles away when Marley was so terminally ill. I felt terrible that Marley wasn't aware, as much as we can tell, that John was with him at his last moments. Who knows if his presence was felt through all that heavy sedation... I hope so. In spite of all that, Marley was very loved his whole life. Having just finished the book, I miss him.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Help John Grogan Help! I must know, did the cat, Felix, that went missing on the U.S. Airways flight ever find its way across the Atlantic? Or is the cat still MIA? I'm reading your book Bad Dogs Have More Fun, and no matter how much I google, I haven't found the answer.

Loveed Marley & Me, as the owner of a rather crazy labrador who can't play enough soccer to save his life, and a rescue Husky, I laughed, cried and loved your book.

So thrilled about the movie.

12:02 PM  
Blogger mark said...

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10:24 AM  
Blogger mark said...

so excited that the movie is coming out! I finished the book 2 years ago and i can really relate to you!

I was doing a blog post on social media and pet industries in Singapore and i wanted to use this book as a way to introduce the dog community to others.

I'm glad I came here, I have a bull mastiff and we cant wait for the show to come out!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Solange said...

Hi John, Im from Brazil and reale love the Marley book, congratulations.
We are wainting for the movie.Marley was a increrable dog!

10:36 AM  
Blogger gm said...

My daughter loves your book and has featured it in a short video for the Storytubes contest.
Hope you can take a little time to watch it and perhaps vote for her.
Just go to
Click on "vote now" and it'll take you to the page where the videos are.
She's really excited when I told her that a movie is being produced for the book.
We can't wait to watch it.

12:15 PM  
Blogger JMS said...

Even if John doesn't vote I did, I watched the videos and thought your daughter was good, her Funeral for Marley was really excellent. Good luck, hope she wins.


2:45 PM  
Blogger cyndiiiiiiiiiii said...

Okay first off I have to say that it takes alot for me to become intrested in a book. I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this haha but yeah, the book was great, obviously...I had no idea that the book was going to be made into a movie, how exciting!

Thanks John for making Marley's story public. I deeply enjoyed it.

andandand I don't think Marley was neglected. At all. You do what you can.

9:43 PM  
Blogger aj018_2003 said...

Hi I would like to say how enjoyable Marley & Me was, I brought it while on holidays and I spent more time reading the book than I did holidaying. The way it was written was great and I kept everyone awake in my room with laughter (and then having to read that part to them so they knew why I was laughing). I've owned the book for almost 9 months now and I have only just got it back (all my friends and family have borrowed and read it) and even after reading it they went and brought their own copy because they loved it so much. I've only just read on this website that there is a movie coming out about Marley and I cant wait. Excellent job if only most books were as entertaining as this one. BRING ON THE MOVIE!!!

4:57 PM  
Blogger alison said...

They loved Marley dearly! What neglect are you talking about? If you love dogs, even bad ones like Marley!, then this will pique your interest because it questions why there are no good songs about dogs even tho so many of us have, love (and hate), them!

8:18 AM  
Blogger LauraZ said...

Alison... I was referring to what another blogger (Merry) accused the Grogans of. I certainly did not share that opinion that Marley was neglected. I only did wonder how they took the family to Florida for a week and left such an ailing Marley at the vet. I couldn't have done that. Marley was not neglected otherwise at all.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Gongading said...

I also disagree with Merry. I thought the Grogans were great dog owners. Even though they did a couple of things wrong you could tell that they loved marley a lot and in return marley loved them.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

everyone has a different opinion of training an animal. I dont believe that this animal was abused OR neglected. Neglect would be not treating the dogs many ear infections, not paying the 800 dollar vet bill when his stomach twisted, abused would be left outside in the cold winter day and night. Leaving his dog in the garage is not neglet, that would be like saying that keeping your dog in a crate would be neglect. We couldnt even think of leaving our dog alone in the house without being in her crate for the first 6 months of her life. You would have thought that someone was neglecting her/abusing her beucase of the whining/whimpering (we always said she sounded like an alien, the oddest sounds!). The "knee" technique he used to break the jumping habbit was what we were instrcted to do by who we took our dog to obidence classes for. There was NO neglect or abuse. I also dont think that it was exaclty "practice to be a partent" I beileve that was taken a little dramiticly. We never used a choke collar on our dog, we used a prong collar... and to see one you would think that was abuse. They are training methods. As I said each person has thier own opinion on how to train a dog. If it doesnt include beatings, screaming, with holding of food. etc, then the owner is obviously doing what in thier opinion is the best way to train thier pet.

I thought the book was teriffic!!!

2:14 AM  

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