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The Marlins, quite understandably, dispense with the name “Fanfest” for their offseason event

Jan 14, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

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A quite pragmatic announcement from the Miami Marlins:

Miami Marlins Winter Warm Up, which will replace the event that had been called Fanfest, will be held Feb. 9 at Marlins Park.

Of course, it wouldn’t have surprised me for the club to be so tone deaf to hold something called “Fanfest” after they spent the winter basically crapping on the fans.

Should be noted that The Winter Warm Up has what sounds like all the things teams’ “fanfests” usually have. And they’re even promoting it as something that “will be more fan friendly with more access and more focus on baseball” than the old Fanfest was.

Which makes me wonder if they just changed the name to avoid columnists and bloggers and stuff writing things about how cynical it is for the team to have something called Fanfest after they spent the winter basically crapping on fans.

Oh, wait.

  1. jrbdmb - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    It is difficult to hold a “FanFest” when you no longer have any fans.

    Perhaps a “Despicable Me” festival featuring an appearance by Loria would be more appropriate.

  2. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Hahaha. Nice one, Craig. ;)

  3. dowhatifeellike - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    They should call it Miami Marlins Bring a Bucket Day, where fans bring buckets of water to put out the fire sale.

  4. cur68 - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    HBT “Miami Marlins Winter Warm Up” = Gator telling anecdotes of death by python and why Loria et all should be treated no better than common criminals. I like our version better.

    • stex52 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Every night before I go to sleep I thank God for Jeff Loria. If not, I would have to read all of that scorn and derision being heaped on the Astros’ management. Not that they don’t deserve it. But misery loves company.

  5. cackalackyank - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Hey that will be the perfect time to announce a Stanton trade…you know, just in case anyone shows up and is fooled by the new title. That would be a sure way to heat up the discussion for the 10 or 15 people that will probably show up. Or, are they going to skip the middle man and hold it in Toronto, eh?

  6. qcubed3 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    In an exciting new management plan, the Miami Marlins Winter Warmup will give fans more access to the team, including the exclusive perk in which one fan, out of the two or three who accidentally wandered into the stadium that week, gets to join the team on the field that day for the game to play the position of their choice.

    One unusual issue of the perk however, is that the fan must consent to any trade the Marlins see fit. Most fan-players are expected to gladly sign on considering the potential reward of “getting the hell out of” Miami.

  7. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Sweet! More access to players like Stanton and……….well then there’s……….and don’t forget about………. Well hopefully Giancarlo shows up.

    • cackalackyank - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Unless of course they have traded him by then….

  8. husky2score - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Funniest sports thing I have heard in a while. Thank you, Craig.

  9. Old Gator - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    They probably still have my name on file. No point in going.

  10. shorttracknews - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    It’s simple math…

    Fan Fest + fans that hate you = Winter Warm Up

  11. simonfoster231171 - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    Winter Warm Up conjures images of fans carrying flaming torches – now THAT could be entertaining!

  12. Old Gator - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Winter Warm Up in Macondo conjures images of palm trees, bikini clad babes on beaches, Cuba libres under Cinzano parasols on tiled patios overlooking the beachside bandstands, fresh grouper ceviche with lots of cilantro, exile sauropods slurping coladas of cafe Cubano at their domino tables on Calle Ocho, blue skies, flocks of vultures circling the county courthourse, blooming hibiscus…all totally original stuff. I want to congratulate the Feesh marketing and public relations staff, than whose job only the Zero Dark Thirty commandos had a tougher one.

    • stex52 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Or you could have Texas Gulf Coast freezing drizzle. May not be original, OG, but you make it sound like fun. And here’s to the vultures eating their fill at the courthouse this year.

      Grouper cevche, yum.

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