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The Marlins will lose a home series this June; hundreds to be inconvenienced

Jan 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

Marlins ballpark

Back in September we told you about the scheduling conflict between U2 and the Florida Marlins-Seattle Mariners series, which necessitated moving the series from Pro Player Robbie Whatever Stadium.  The options at the time were to play it in Puerto Rico or perhaps to move it to Vancouver or Seattle.  Well, the decision has been made: the June 24-26 series will be played at Safeco Field.

Like that Jays-Phillies series last year, the Marlins will be designated the “home” team and the game will be played under NL rules.  Unlike the Jays-Phillies series, there won’t be a ton of people who are inconvenienced by any of this, considering that they probably would have only drawn a few thousand fans a game anyway.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Tell me how a MLB team and a globe trotting band such as U2 could screw this up so royally. Isn’t there people on both sides of this who collect paychecks to make sure things like this don’t happen?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      I think they had it sorted for a 2010 tour, but Bono got sick U2 canceled and they had to reschedule. My guess is that the owners of the stadium would much, much, much rather have U2 play a date there than have three Marlins games in town. If the Marlins get a cut of the gate for non-baseball stuff, I’m sure they would too.

      • BC - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        Wasn’t U2 going to screw up a Phillies home series last year or the year before? What is it, U2 hates the NL East?

      • steve keane - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        WOW Craig great in-depth analysis if the U2 tour. Must me from your days as a writer for Tiger Beat magazine

  2. Jonny 5 - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Booooo!!! Bono stinks!! But he draws a big crowd. The Feesh do not.

  3. BC - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Old Gator – assuming you’re not on the tarmac and have connectivity – any comment?

    • Old Gator - Jan 27, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      It’s Joeprodolsharklife Stadium, Craig. Cholesterol plaque from that horsemeat and velveeta sandwich you ate at the Phillies camp last spring accreting on your memory synapses, is it?

      What’s to react? A U-2 concert fills the stadium and the parking lot. The Feesh draw maybe 12,000 for the whole series, and maybe half that many if it’s midweek. The Feesh barely get a cut of concessions (their lease is among the worst, if not the worst, in baseball). Now it’s Safeco’s problem. I would have made Scrooge McLoria go out and get broom handles and spaldeens and played it under stickball rules on NW 27th Avenue. Anyway, next year he’ll be settled in his posh new digs at Macondo Banana Massacre Field which is named something else every few hundred feet (as opposed to every few hundred days). Then, he can avenge himself by booking U2, then shutting down the stadium and turning the lights out fifteen minutes before their equipment truck and tour bus pull up. Heeee hehehehe hahahahah hoooohooohahahah…..

      I’m actually inflight as I write this, connecting via Delta has a lot of their big silver (or composite) birds wired for this. Pretty cool. I should be somewhere over the southern tip of Greenland by now but the weather canceled out my original flight and now I’m heading for Minneapolis to connect for London. Twice the time in a posh bizclass seat with unlimited free soft drinks and MREs and a plane full of stew…heh heh, flight attendants with minimal seniority (ie, good lookin’ ones). No matter. Tomorrow I’ll be eating Indian food (which is how you protect yourself from British food), digging great jazz at the 606 Club, and chatting amiably with my beloved mother in law.

  4. clydeserra - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Booo for the most boring solution ever. Could have been fun in either US territory, Puerto Rico or Vancouver.

  5. easports82 - Jan 27, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Thanks, U2, for screwing up the once-every-six-years chance I have to see the Mariners live without having to get on a plane or drive 4 hours.

  6. Reflex - Jan 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Holy crap this is awesome! I finally get to see a NL style game in person! Definatly getting tickets, I’m actually looking forward to this.

    • Old Gator - Jan 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      That’s right – Safeco has been a designatedhitterball league park since it opened. This might be the first time a real baseball game has ever been played there.

  7. ta192 - Jan 27, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    “…hundreds to be inconvenienced”…snicker…if it weren’t for the Royals, the Marlins would be the biggest laughing stock in baseball. To think, the idiots in Dade tried to get us in Broward County to kick in towards this fiasco of a team…

    • Old Gator - Jan 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      Come on now, you can’t blame the idiots in Macondo for trying to get their hands on some American money when so many other third world principalities benefit from it. But what was really dumb about it was that they completely forgot you guys had already shelled out every cent you had building that white elephant for the Panthers up by the Sawgrass.

      • ta192 - Jan 28, 2011 at 12:12 AM


  8. phukyouk - Jan 27, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    my fav title yet. but you spelled Mets wrong.

  9. fishfan46 - Jan 29, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Wow, a Marlins attendance joke. Had to dig real deep into the bag of tricks to find that one.

  10. Draft America - May 4, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Is this really fair? Basically this is the second straight year the Phillies have benefited from something like this, the Jays having to move the series because of the G20 now their chief division rival in 2011 losing a home series. I was just happy those three games weren’t the exact difference in them winning the NL East last year but it might be this year, and this is typical of MLB as the system is already rigged for the big-market teams to win and this just proves it. When we can finally have an MLB not run by Bud Selig?

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