Morrison's ability to communicate, along with his late father's history working in the Coast Guard, made Morrison a natural for such an assignment.
"When David asked me to do this, my only answer was yes, with my father being in the military," Morrison said. "It was a way to honor him."
But Morrison's dad is not his only motivation in agreeing to go to Germany and Southwest Asia.
"I think the Marlins have a really good grasp on reality. The troops do what they do over there so that we can play a game for a living. I think that is really special and something that needs to be recognized, not just once a year, but year-round. As long as we have [troops] over there, I'd be willing to go over there and see them."
Among those joining Morrison and Samson on the Marlins' "Caravan of Troops" will be Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, Marlins icon Jeff Conine, catcher John Buck(notes) and three members of the Marlins' Mermaids dance team.
Morrison, though he's just 23 years old and has only 62 games of major league experience, already seems to be one of the Marlins' top communicators — at least going by his social media activity.
If Morrison behaves for troops like he does on Twitter, he will be the hit of the tour.
"To know me is to Tweet with me!" Morrison says on his Twitter homepage, @LoMoMarlins. "Florida Marlins OF/1B. Twittaholic. All around good guy!"
Morrison has nearly 11,000 Twitter followers and has accumulated nearly 4,700 tweets — and, unlike many professional athletes/famous people who participate in social media, Morrison actually engages fans with conversation.
(Presuming it's really him and not a PR person. But if Morrison does use a proxy, the Marlins ought to send him or her overseas as well.)
Morrison tells stories, answers questions, makes jokes (sometimes the humor is rated "PG-13") and he generally lets others get to know him a little. He also seems to listen. With those skills, Morrison is going make a lot of new fans in the military who, presumably, miss home terribly.
"We're going over there to entertain them, I guess," Morrison said. "But I'm pretty sure we're going to be the ones getting entertained."
The Marlins are making this kind of public service a habit; They also sent a delegation to Iraq and Kuwait in 2010.
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