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Marlins President David Samson: we’re gonna be drawing 30,000-35,000 every night

Nov 9, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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Gator bait, courtesy of Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:

Marlins prez David Samson “we’re going to be drawing 30,000 to 35,000 every single game” in new ballpark

Maybe the novelty of the new park will change the game. And of course if the Feesh do go on a big spending spree and land some free agents there could be legitimate excitement.  But it’s worth noting that the Marlins have averaged 30,000 fans a game or more only twice in their history: 1993 and 1994.  And it’s still a team that finished 30 games out of first place.

But hey, optimism.

  1. easports82 - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Fans will come for the stadium and leave once they see the uniforms

    • b7p19 - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      I hope beyond hope that these are the most amazingly awful unis in the league. They have a chance, with that color scheme, to really make history. They need to go for the gold. Own colorful, just own in Marlins.

      And if I’m not mistaken, I think they are set to release the unis on the 11th right? Anybody know?

      • bigharold - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        “I hope beyond hope that these are the most amazingly awful unis in the league. They have a chance, with that color scheme, to really make history”

        I don’t know, … I’d have to see them on an actual player first but they are going to need to be pretty bad to be worse than the Chi WS short pants thing.

    • cur68 - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      Fans might come to the park just to hate on it all, you never know. I’m just trying to picture myself having to deal with, with …all that and I think I might go just to see if its as awful as it seems and I might keep going back for the awful colors but excellent team, but not go back for a crappy team. I’m kind of afraid to ask Gator himself what he’ll do in case the poor man bursts and aneurism, but at the same time I am fascinated by his reaction if they turn out to be crappy at baseball and on the catwalk…which is likely if they don’t get some fielding and RISP hitting…which if they keep offering short term deals, they wont.

  2. 12strikes - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    “Marlins prez David Samson “we’re going to be drawing 30,000 to 35,000 every single game” in new ballpark”

    Are the Phillies playing there 82 times this year?

    • 12strikes - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      81 times…..


    • ta192 - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      Wouldn’t that take the Yankees for 81 a year?

  3. hk62 - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Serious question – Would Pujols and Fielder seriously consider the Marlins when no one knows as of yet how the ballpark will play? Pujols maybe (going back to STL IMO) but a Boras client (Fielder) – can’t see it. Even though he has a no ballpark can hold me attitude, I just don’t see it unless the money is A-Rod like.

  4. pellypell - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    The logo looks like rainbows and unicorns, which apparently exist in abundance in David Samson’s world.

    • b7p19 - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      If you take out the modern cultural meaning to those two things, couldn’t we all use more rainbows and unicorns in our world?

  5. thegonz13 - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Forget it! It’s not going to happen!

    People will come over to see the new stadium, period. Samson and Jeffrey Loria are going with the “If you build it, they will come!” wishful thinking, but at the end of the day, Loria will not spend a dime on this team.

    Loria, you will remember, is the carpetbagging scumbag who -along with Bud Selig- presided over the death of the Montreal Expos. He is a cheapskate who would just as soon pocket the money à la Frank McCourt. If the fans in Miami buy the snake oil that he’s going to spend big this offseason, they are more naive and gullible than we think!

  6. SOBEIT - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Amazing how Optimism and Delusional can mean the same thing.

    Did the MLB season get reduced to 2 weeks. Because that is the only way the Marlins have 30K+ every game. The Miami Heat can barely get people to show up and fill the arena until the 2nd half of the game. You expect 80+ games of 30K+?

    I hope they are successful and fans actually show up. But there is a reason why baseball is the 3rd most popular professional sport in Miami. Once the novelty of games wear off, the place will be half empty or worse every home game.

    • jwbiii - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      So you’re saying baseball has passed jai-alai?

      • SOBEIT - Nov 9, 2011 at 6:46 PM

        Well, I guess that could qualify as professional. But then baseball would be the 6th most popular sport behind jai-alai and greyhound dog racing.

  7. Old Gator - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    There’s nothing more ridiculous than a delusional elf.

  8. spudchukar - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    The only way the Marlins draw 30,000 to 35,000 is if they hire LeRoy Neiman to paint giant murals every night.

  9. Detroit Michael - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Perhaps the implied second half of the quote is “If we average less than 30,000 attendance per game, we plan to slash payroll even further. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”

  10. scatterbrian - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Curious…is “Feesh” poking fun at English-as-second-language people who can’t pronounce “Fish”?

    • Old Gator - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Here in Macondo, English as second language has been replaced by the syncretic Espanglish. Given the quality of teaching in Macondo’s public school system, one of the most underfunded with some of the worst paid teachers in the country, you frequently can’t tell the difference between English as a first or second language anyway.

      And it’s not a matter of whether or not they can pronounce “Feesh” as “Fish.” It’s just a matter of them not pronouncing Feesh as Fish. Ergo, what you read here is merely the phonetic spelling of how they do pronounce it.

  11. SOBEIT - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    I think he meant to say “We have to draw 30-35K every home game or we will be broke and have a fire sale come trade deadline.”

  12. thegonz13 - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    @ SOBEIT… “We have to draw 30-35K every home game or we will be broke and have a fire sale come Columbus Day.”

  13. Panda Claus - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    He mentions drawing 30-35K every single game, but doesn’t say what they’ll draw.

    Everyone assumes he means “fans”, but he could mean they’ll draw 35,000 “flies” every game. That’s an achievable goal because they’ve done that every year except ’93-94.

  14. umrguy42 - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Did Samson miss the fact that the ACTUAL quote is “If you build it, he will come”? (“He”… as in 1 guy. Which would be more believable.)

  15. CJ - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    HBT Headline for 11/9/14:

    Marlins reportedly to slash next season’s payroll by $15M. No truth to the rumors that it has to do with a decline in attendence.

    Instead, team sources are blaming the fact that the team has still yet to sell a single one of those hideous jerseys or hats, even though they have been marked down to a penny in most local sporting goods stores.

  16. CJ - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    …the Marlins’ owner even tried to donate 30,000 jerseys to state homeless shelters, but they were mysteriously returned to the stadium the very next day

    • Panda Claus - Nov 9, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      …they preferred to keep their 2011 Texas Rangers World Series Champion t-shirts instead.

    • Old Gator - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:38 PM

      They should have left the jerseys in black plastic lawn bags under the Salvation Army trailer by the supermarket at 3AM just like everyone else.

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