Yahoo! – The Marlins have used up all of the goodwill a new taxpayer-funded stadium gave them just a year ago. They’ve made many missteps, but the massive giveaway with the Blue Jays turned evenhardcore Fish fans against them. And it has left them with a line for tickets that’s four people long. That’s not including this guy, who wore a Blue Jays cap to the event in protest.
The Marlins might have more players at camp (74) than fans who showed up to buy single-game tickets on the first day they were available. Seriously!
This is all the doing of owner Jeffrey Loria who, according to these fans, needs to be traded. Now that’s a line people would stand in if it would make him sell the team.
Its about time the Miami Marlins fans speak up against their money hungry, stingy ass owner. This is the guy who went out and signed elite free agents in the off-sesason leading up to 2012. The same off-season where he promised a winning franchise to the public because they’d just funded the team’s new which cost $634 million. But the Marlins needed it and the Marlins got it. They had a roster of all-stars that included Hanley Ramirez, José Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Giancarlo Stanton, and Juan Pierre, and they had a big time manager in Ozzie Guillen. Winning was expected and therefore the stadium seemed like an excellent investment for the franchise. Excellent until Jeff Loria went back to his tight ass, jewish ways and traded the whole team to the Blue Jays. This left Miami with a $634 million stadium and not one all-star to show for it. Their roster is basically the New Orleans Zephyrs, their minor league team, with the exception of Giancarlo Stanton who’s pissed off and isn’t really fond of playing their anymore.
The fact that no one showed up to buy single game tickets thrills me. Its showing Loria that no, you can’t just do whatever you want to line your pockets. You have to think about your fans, they’re the ones lining your pockets. Teams like the Red Sox and Yankees know this and that’s why they’re regularly atop the league in wins and league salary. Teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels have caught on and are also joining the mix. Hell, the Blue Jays just went out and acquired José Reyes, Mark Buerhle, Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, Mark DeRosa, Maicer Izturis, and Melky Cabrera to go along with their all-star José Bautista. The Mets my be a laughing stock right now, but at least they’ve tried to open their checkbooks in free agency and attempted to put a winning team out their. Their luck has just been less than mediocre. However, as a fan you hope that your team at least tries to be competitive and that’s why I can live with the Mets. I can’t live with their shitty decisions, but that’s another blog. I’ll guarantee you though that Toronto’s single game ticket lines were larger than 4 people. But like in anything in life, you get what you pay for. If you bite the hand that feeds you too many times eventually that hand won’t feed you anymore. And Jeffrey Loria, David Samson and Larry Beinfest have ate every hand that’s attempted to feed them.
This guy who showed up for tickets has swag that is off the charts. Sticking it to the Marlins management one New Era fitted hat at a time. A total and complete badass.