Cliff Floyd’s accolades with the Marlins included 1997 World Series champion and 2001 NL All-Star selection. He still ranks among the top 10 on the franchise’s all-time leaderboards in home runs, runs batted in and OPS.
Nearly a decade removed from his playing days, Floyd hasn’t lost his desire to win on the big stage.
Matched up against baseball immortal Cal Ripken Jr. in Tuesday’s Snapple All-Star Bottle Flip Challenge at GEICO All-Star FanFest, he talked a big game and backed it up. The 45-year-old can now add “Flip for Flavor” champion to his résumé.
Snapple – the Official Tea and Juice Drink of Major League Baseball – added its own playful pop of fruit flavor to the worldwide bottle-flipping craze by pitting Floyd against Baseball Hall of Famer and 19-time MLB All-Star Cal Ripken Jr. in a fast-paced competition to determine the most accurate flipper. Floyd accurately hit all four fruit bases on the baseball field-inspired game board and was presented with a custom designed Peach Tea Snapple bottle trophy.
“There is nothing like bringing together love for baseball and summer with the accurate fruit flavor of Snapple,” said Brent Chism, Senior Director of Brand Marketing, Snapple. “We are thrilled to have added our own flavor to FanFest through our new partnership with Major League Baseball and remind everyone of their right to take a flavorful break while enjoying our national pastime. Having greats like Cal and Cliff bring so much energy to our activation made this a fun and memorable moment, and we look forward to what’s next.”
Fans packed the Snapple Field of Dreams at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at FanFest to witness the baseball greats test their accuracy skills by successfully landing plastic Snapple bottles upright onto the board to complete the Snapple “flavor cycle” consisting of Snapple Lemon Tea (first base), Kiwi Strawberry (second base), Mango Tea (third base), and Peach Tea (home plate).
“What a great way to celebrate baseball, Snapple’s Major League Baseball partnership and the excitement we feel around the Midsummer Classic,” said Floyd. “The playing days might be over but Cal and I love to compete, and we had a great time flipping those bottles. I enjoyed some great moments on the field, won a World Series, but I’m the Snapple Flip for Flavor champ and now that’s in the bio!”
As part of the multi-year partnership between Snapple and MLB that began with the 2018 season, Snapple is provided with marketing and activation rights across MLB special events including Spring Training, All-Star Week, the Postseason and World Series, as well as other key moments during the season. Snapple is the title sponsor of the Field of Dreams at FanFest where fans of all ages can sample various teas and juice drinks.
Floyd currently works as an analyst for MLB Network and SiriusXM. He’s an entertaining tweeter, too (@CliffFloyd30).