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The Marlins ran an embarrassing contest

May 10, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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At Big League Stew, Mike Oz details how a Marlins “ultimate fan” contest went horribly awry. The directions told fans to post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag “#MarlinsFanCave” to enter to win a prize — a trip to New York City with the Marlins from June 7-9. Gee, what could be more fun than hitting up Times Square with Placido Polanco and Greg Dobbs?

Oz quoted some of the responses found on the Marlins Facebook post for the contest:

“you guys have no fans.”

“do I get to hide in shame in this cave?”

“Is this the cave where Loria and Samson are hiding?”

“This organization might just be the funniest joke ever.”

“If anyone needs Marlins cheap first row tickets Message me.”

“Please let me choose the game to watch. If I have to watch the Marlins I would feel like I had lost.”

And from Instagram:

“It’s just pathetic at this point. Cancel this account!! Cancel the season while you’re at it.”

“Wait, there is such a thing as marlins fans?”

When you cut the team’s payroll from $101 million to $50 million, this kind of acrimony is to be expected. The Marlins own baseball’s worst offense and are tied with the Houston Astros at 10-25 for the worst record. As a result, the Marlins have the worst attendance in the National League, averaging fewer than 19,000 fans per game.

  1. contraryguy - May 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    This is the second embarrassing contest the Marlins have run this year.

    The first was the ‘Make The Team’ contest, aka Spring Training.

    • humanexcrement - May 11, 2013 at 2:46 AM

      I’m ordinarily not one for ad populum arguments, but in this case I think the simple fact that as of this moment, you’ve got 67 thumbs up and no thumbs down is rather telling. I guess ad populum arguments are relevant when you’re actually discussing whether or not people care about something.

      • apmn - May 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Latin is a dead language with the exceptions of law schools and the Vatican. This forum is neither.

      • kylecleric - May 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        You’ve got 2 thumbs up and 48 thumbs down for that. Hillarious. Yay for ad populum arguments.

      • anxovies - May 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Loria and the Marlins may have created an exception to the origins fallacy.

  2. jeffbbf - May 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    19,000 people show up to watch this team play baseball? Must be a lot of tourists.

    • biasedhomer - May 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Id say 9,000 of those are empty seats, 5,000 are fans of the opposing team, 3,000 are lost fishermen, the rest are Marlins fans.

  3. tfbuckfutter - May 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Marlins fan cave?

    Is that anywhere near the player’s cave which Loria found in every major league city to save on the cost of hotels?

    • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      What are the odds it’s a leftover FEMA trailer?

      • tfbuckfutter - May 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        It’s actually a FIMA trailer.

        That’s the Dollar Store version of the upper-class FEMA trailer.

  4. shaggylocks - May 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    I bet there’s some guy in Florida who needs to get to NYC for a wedding or something that weekend. Clue him in! It looks like this will be an insanely easy contest to win…

    • tfbuckfutter - May 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Yeah but does he have to ride from Florida to NYC on the Marlins team bus?

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        Loria could make a little extra bank if he ran moonshine along that route.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        I’ve had Loria’s moonshine.

        It’s turpentine.

        I mean….I still drank it but….you know….you gotta have some integrity in the bootlegging business.

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 10, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        Whatever will get ya drunk right?

      • tfbuckfutter - May 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Spoken like a man from the land of Old Milwaukee.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Don’t read that tone as derisive….

        I have dumped an embarrassing amount of Steel Reserve and Natty Ice down my gullet in my day.

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 11, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        No offense taken. I’ve drank my share of swill back when I was poor. Now when I’m getting ripped I drink Miller light. I enjoy many other beers but when going for quantity Light is my weapon of choice.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        I prefer MGD now and then.

        Because it still tastes like I remember my dad’s beers tasting back in the early/mid 80s.

        It’s nostalgic.

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 11, 2013 at 2:12 AM

        Nostalgia is a great reason to drink. When I go nostalgic I get a bottle of Kiwi Maddog and remember why college both sucked and ruled at the same time.

  5. jerze2387 - May 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    On pace to draw 661,000 less fans than last season. Cut 51,000,000 from payroll….so it managed to make loria a larger profit my producing an inferior product. Somethings wrong with that picture…unless tickets average $77 each, which i doubt

  6. mungman69 - May 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    The Marlins DO NOT have 19,000 fans show up, just another lie.

  7. realgone2 - May 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Should Loria use them ?

  8. logisticalvoices - May 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM


  9. Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I really feel sorry for Mike Redmond, you know? Yesterday’s feature story on the Feesh homepage was about how he turns to his mother for support in times of tribulation.


  10. Walk - May 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Does residing in the cave require me to hide from drones?

    • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Hmmm, if you want us to make you the lookout, I guess we can…

  11. dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    hey dont forget the jays in this, they had 22K at their last home, fully expect that total to go down drastically, all anyone has to do is take a look at history to predict that : )

    • jwbiii - May 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Yet their attendance is up 6,300 per game versus last season through 19 home games. Their attendance record shows that their attendance increases by 8% after mid May.

      What history books are you reading?

    • jwbiii - May 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      That was not a rhetorical question.

      The contents of the bag I brought back from the park after walking my dog do not make counter factual comments on the internet. As such, you should consider yourself its intellectual inferior unless you speak up.

  12. brewcrewfan54 - May 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Is that homerun thing rusted in place due to lack of use yet?

    • Old Gator - May 11, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Leave Tommy alone!

  13. breastfedted - May 11, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Jerry Sandusky is more of a class act than Jeff Loria

  14. cranespy - May 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    ya know there are a few sports fans here who would go see something at that stadium……since we bought it….maybe an MLS team…..a Cuban baseball franchise….a DR team……even Lacrosse…..outdoor Jai Alai ….maybe a jousting league….something….anything…

  15. apmn - May 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Some hipster is going to win it for the irony value.

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