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Protests and apathy open the Marlins 2013 season

Feb 10, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT

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A year ago the Marlins hype was hard to avoid. A new ballpark, new uniforms, a bunch of high-profile signings. Yesterday was the Marlins Winter Warm Up event — formerly known as Fan Fest — and things are … different. From Joe Capozzi in the Palm Beach Post:

And while there was a festive atmosphere today at Marlins Park, the number of fans who attended the annual pre-season event was low. There were just three people in line at the main ticket window at 9:35 a.m. — 25 minutes before single-game tickets went on sale … And at least three people wore protest gear — two fans with anti-Loria shirts and a man who wore a Blue Jays cap to show his opposition to the trade.

Three people wearing protest gear is not the end of the world, obviously. And a lack of fans clamoring for Marlins tickets is not exactly a new phenomenon.  But it’s hard to escape the fact that the events of the past year haven’t soured locals on the team more than they already were.


  1. Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    What else is the Chihuahua supposed to say? It doesn’t surprise me that his wife doesn’t like him – and one can only speculate about what his mother thinks of his boss. I almost wonder if he’s wearing an unremovable explosive device under his briefs as a way of keeping Scrooge McLoria’s alimony to a minimum.

    I didn’t notice any players hanging around outside, but it would have been nice to meet Juan Pierre, a guy whose spirit I’ve always admired. I just didn’t want to be drawn into a conversation like the one the Chihuahua claims he didn’t have. He’d’ve had it with me, and my cover would have been blown.

    • cur68 - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Was that you in the Beav Cap, Gator?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Gator’s image cannot be recorded by human technology.

      • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Probably just an errant Quebecois from Hollywood. They’ll wear anything if they can’t understand what it says.

      • badintent - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        A Frenchie sighting??In a Speedo with their massive beer gut and sun burnt skin sag hanging over the little thing ????The horror, call SWAT to kill it, then EPA to dump it in a toxic wate dump.Merci

    • rayfeathers - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      the “chihuahua”. “scrooge” mcloria. oldgaytor is the funniest man on the internet.

      • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Haven’t seen you in a while – not that that’s any kind of problem. What brought you out – got too hot under your trailer today?

      • chacochicken - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Says the guy using “gaytor”. Credit for class and creativity. However, I do think Scrooge isn’t necessarily apt as Scrooge McDuck was a rather lovable character after all. More like Flintheart Glomgold although it is unlikely that most would understand that reference.

      • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        Think of Macondo Banana Massacre Field as Scrooge McLoria’s money bin. He clearly does.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I for one, are not apathetic about the Marlins. I hope that the former Jays and Jay prospects all have fine careers in Miami.

    • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      However briefly, if they do have fine careers.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        They were able to flip Escobar for a decent prospect. I also hope that that kid has a good career. Mathis is also an upgrade from Buck. We both know how well you liked Buck.

      • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        My college advanced anatomy course cadaver was an upgrade from Buck.

      • chacochicken - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        That 500 lbs grouper could probably replace Placido Polanco’s defense at 3B right about now. If they can just keep him wet enough, the grouper that is.

      • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        500 lbs. of square grouper would be preferable. I would donate the profit from its sales back to the Macondo tourist bed tax escrow account.

  3. kalamazooapples - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    For those demanding Selig step in, this may be the most telling retribution to Loria et. al. Ultimately the prospects the Marlins received MAY pan out, but I feel for the South Florida fans who cannot trust that any glimmers of hope are and will be in the future, fleeting.

    • raysfan1 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      The only thing that would get Loria’s attention is losing money. Regardless of poor attendance the Marlins will still make money. If he someday sells the team, that will be for a huge profit. When the attendance this year is pitiful, watch for a lot of pundits to blame the fans/fan apathy rather than laying blame where it belongs. No, sorry, all I see is marlins fans getting screwed.

      • paperlions - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        There is no way for a MLB owner to spend less than $30M on payroll and lose money. With the amount of revenue sharing that exists, every owner that doesn’t spend anything comes out ahead. There isn’t a single MLB team that doesn’t make money. McCourt made more money off the Dodgers during his rather short stint as owner than any MLB player has ever made.

      • manchestermiracle - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        Yeah, that Boston parking-lot attendant pulled a full-on long sleeve turtleneck over Selig’s eyes and he’s not nearly as smart as Loria. What was once a small amount of faith that $elig could maintain MLB’s integrity has since dwindled to nothing.

      • badintent - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        The ONLY way that MLB gets rid of Bud the Vermin is to get Congress to threaten to pull their anti-trust free status and that would take a Justice Department investigation ………………oh, sorry Holder too busy parading gay rights and taking a woodshed smackdown on drone use(like we really need to explain why we kill off lower class primates and their camels)
        .MLB=Congress.sad but true.

  4. andreweac - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Mathis is not an improvement over Buck. You realize we are talking about JEFF MATHIS?!?!

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Yep! I am talking about Jeff Mathis and John Buck. Mathis is much better behind the plate. The trade almost fell apart because the Marlins wanted both Buck and Mathis to be part of the trade. AA initially balked at that part of the deal. Fortunately, he was able to get the Mets to take Buck.

      • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Mathis will back Brantly anyway. And given how queekly the Feesh were able to cram Buck down the porcelain goddess, you gotta figure AA had something in the back of his head already when he said okay to that part of the deal.

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Can’t wait to see how the young guys do. Also can’t wait to get rid of Ricky Nolasco but that’s neither here nor there

    • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Well, where is it then, Herr Heisenberg?

      • raysfan1 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Can’t tell you that. Can only tell you where it’s been. Plus looking at it changes its reality.

  6. pooinyourface - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I hate teams full of Spics.

    • raysfan1 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      There are hispanic people on every major league team, bigot.

      Hey Craig, could you please delete this jerk’s post and block him? Thanks.

    • raysfan1 - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Oh, and every American should take very seriously the words of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

  7. blingslade - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    I wonder if the Marlins attendance will be as bad as those late 70’s Oakland A’s home games? If so, this could be historic.

  8. sabatimus - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Best way to protest: keep your wallet closed.

  9. mojosmagic - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    pooinyourface – Feb 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM
    I hate teams full of Spics.

    And everybody on this site hates you. Care to list your lifetime achievements we are all dying to know.

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