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Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria on firing Fredi Gonzalez

Jun 23, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

Jeff Loria's commitment to winning: who ya gonna believe, his words or your own lyin' eyes?

“Everyone knows how I feel about winning. That’s
the reason we’re making this change.”

Jeff Loria on his dismissal of manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Yes, Jeff, we all know exactly how you feel about winning. Based on your experience with the Marlins, you obviously feel that it’s totally optional and is probably worth doing as long as it doesn’t interfere with you turning a tidy profit.

Based on your experience with the Expos, you also feel that it’s an inconvenience if it stands in the way of you getting bought out by the other baseball owners and rewarded with another franchise.

Based on what appear to be totally unrealistic expectations of how well the Marlins could do this year, we also know that you feel winning is just something that happens because you kinda sorta want it to, not because you work hard and make investments to do it.

Of course, based on your tenure in Florida and the fact that the Miami-Dade government is giving you a cash cow of a new stadium despite the fact that your commitment to winning is wholly suspect, I suppose you’re more right about these things than the rest of us are.

  1. BC - Jun 23, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Loria is a chipwich.
    Old Gator, I turn the microphone over to you.

  2. mexito - Jun 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    I´m a Marlins fan….if Loria´s committment is to winning, then he would have given us a reliable bullpen……shocked by this decision!

  3. Philip P - Jun 23, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    While not a fan of the Yankees or the Braves and let’s assume for a second that Fredi ends up in Atlanta next year, wouldn’t it be fitting to see Girardi and Gonzalez face off in the World Series? As someone who grew up in Montreal, any shot at Loria is a good one!

  4. mr. nick - Jun 23, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    as someone who lives in montreal, i just want to see the expos :(

  5. TimberLee - Jun 23, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Great item, Craig. Loria is one disreputable owner and deserves any criticism he gets. He has a long history that disgusts many of us.

  6. Old Gator - Jun 23, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    I just can’t believe the way you guys are piling on Jeffrey Loria. This is a dedicated, concerned, solicitous and sincere man who would turn himself inside out to build a winning team.
    .
    Jimmy, that’ll be fifty bucks.
    .
    BC, I’ll pick up the microphone on today’s other Feesh Fry threads. Have a peek. I need to go feed my pet rattlesnake now.

  7. mexito - Jun 23, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    feed Loria and Bobby Valentine to the rattler…….

  8. Old Gator - Jun 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Friendo is a pygmy rattler (Sistrurus miliarius) and couldn’t get them down; neither Scrooge McLoria’s wallet nor Bobby Valentine’s teeth would fit. And anyway, he’s spoiled. He’ll eat nothing but ratone adovada.

  9. Utley's hair - Jun 23, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Couldn’t get them down or couldn’t KEEP them down?

  10. mexito - Jun 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    got a real big, hungry ´gator?

  11. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    Friendo can’t get them down. I couldn’t keep them down.

  12. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    You’d need a saltwater crocodile, and my immediate relatives are already obnoxious enough.

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