The Marlins tend to get a bad rap. I mean, sure, they’ve had three fire sales in less than 20 years of existence, tricked the city of Miami into building their new stadium (only to lead to that third fire sale), and Jeffrey Loria may or may not be trying to usher in a new era of darkness, but one could, if they were into that kind of thing, make an argument for the Marlins side. Well, today it’s getting a little tougher as the Marlins have threatened to sue two of their season ticket holders.
Okay, maybe that’s a little glib, but there’s not a whole lot more beyond the story. Basically, Bill and Jan Leon, season ticket holders to the team since 1998, signed a two-year contract with the team for $25,000 for seats down the third base line in the new stadium. During the year, more padding was introduced which obstructed their view and the Leon’s requested to be moved to new seats for 2013 before paying their bill. The Marlins, thus far, have not agreed to move the Leons.
Which, fine, maybe the Marlins have a reason to be upset. And maybe if another club did this, it wouldn’t even be news. And sure, maybe the Leons just don’t want to go to any more Marlins games at all, but when you’re arguing with two people who have continued to purchase season tickets when the rest of the people in Miami experience either deep feelings of anger or apathy, don’t you just stamp “approved” and give the Leons new seats? For a team that already set the record for lowest attendance in a new park, and that’s before another tear down, don’t you step up your game when it comes to fan loyalty?
Then again, who knows what’s going on in Jeffrey Loria’s mind, perhaps he’s too busy fantasizing about what new sculpture can be placed in the outfield and wondering what to do with that woman he just tied to the train tracks outside of town.
Those are train tracks in the background, by the way.
Marlins Move on to Phase Two of Their Dastardly Plan, Now Directly Attacking Team’s Fans
A foundation started by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gave only 1 percent of proceeds to charity during its first year of operation in 2006, then stopped submitting mandatory financial reports to the IRS and was stripped of its tax-exempt status. Yet the group’s website still tells visitors the A-Rod Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization.
Read: The Boston Globe
This is almost reaching Greek tragedy proportions.