MIAMI -- Not too long after finalizing his first trade as the Marlins' president of baseball operations on Friday night, Peter Bendix saw another opportunity to wheel and deal.
Bendix, who was entrusted with his father-in-law's top-secret brownie recipe, got word that catcher Nick Fortes is in charge of his family's top-secret cornbread recipe.
"I can arrange a trade," Bendix said. "I love cornbread. See if he likes brownies, and then we can make a trade. Maybe like a brownie to be named later?"
Fortes, Bendix, Silver Slugger Award-winning second baseman Luis Arraez and left-hander Braxton Garrett helped the Marlins distribute meals to 1,000 families on Friday at loanDepot park for the annual Home Plate Meals Thanksgiving distribution, presented by Love, Tito's and Maxsip Telecom, and done with the support of Feeding South Florida.
The event, which took place on the West Plaza for the first time in a few years, involved handing out a 25-pound meal box, including a 10-pound turkey and other staples for a traditional Thanksgiving family dinner -- highlighted by items provided by partners Goya Foods, P.A.N. and Pepsi -- to the Little Havana community.
"It was awesome," Garrett said. "We showed up just a few minutes late, and everyone was ready for us. We were a little bit overwhelmed at first, but what an awesome turnout. It feels great. I just appreciate the Marlins giving me the opportunity to come down here and do something like this. It makes me really happy and my family really happy."
It also marked the first time Bendix had the opportunity to meet with the players. Arraez, who recently said he would be open to an extension, distributed food alongside Bendix, president of business operations Caroline O'Connor and mascots Billy the Marlin and Pepito while a DJ played tunes.