Lifelong Marlins Fans Tossed From Home Opener for Protesting Loria

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via rageagainstthemarlins.com
The Marlins have less appetite for protest than Stalin.
Like most lifelong Marlins fans, Dan Barton feels like team owner Jeffrey Loria spent the offseason repeatedly kicking him in the junk. So the 25-year-old and three of his friends showed up at last night's home opener with some homemade signs and T-shirts -- "Free the Marlins" and "F Jeff" were the raciest -- and walked around the concourse during the game.

The Marlins bein\g the Marlins, they promptly kicked the guys out before they could even get to their seats.


"It was unbelievable," Barton told the Sun Sentinel. "It was a punch to the gut considering I've been a Marlins fan all my life."

Barton and his friends Jon and Connor Gardner, along with another man who wasn't identified, began walking around the concourse between the first and second innings, attracting a couple of reporters and a photograph or two. They talked up a protest website they've started, rageagainstthemarlins.com.

via rageagainstthemarlins.com
Barton shows off his shirt. 
Mid-conversation with a Palm Beach Post scribe, the cops showed up and escorted the group out. Barton says police claimed he and his friends were blocking views with their sign, and says his friends offered to turn their shirts inside-out.

"We asked police what we were doing wrong, and he said, 'They want you to leave,'" referring to the Marlins, Barton told the Palm Beach Post.



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Oh Alexander
Oh Alexander

I'm proud of these guys! I hate people complaining and not doing anything. This is great. SHARE SHARE SHARE

Steve Buller
Steve Buller

You bought a ticket... read the back of it... at that point your "rights" are kind of dismisssed

Matt Berhman
Matt Berhman

I admire and respect Samson, but I do not like the reasoning in his response to this particular incident, as it reeks of bad intentions. He should've noted that there is a clear "no tolerance on profanity" policy that is made very clear, prior to the game. "F" is not exactly profane, but I don't think that parents would like their children running around with "F Jeff" as their new favorite catchphrase. I think those grounds are there.

Erik Scott
Erik Scott

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Melissa Cajigas Valdes
Melissa Cajigas Valdes

Would he still kick people out if EVERYONE protested? man that would be so awesome.

FatHand
FatHand

At least the Marlins are suing these guys (although I'm sure they would if they thought they could get a few bucks out of them).

Dan Moskowitz
Dan Moskowitz

I saw these guys at the game - they were much less obnoxious then I used to be when I would go to the games in 2001-03

Ant Perrucci
Ant Perrucci

No free speech in the ballpark you paid for.

internetinternet
internetinternet

According to the team the police are the ones to blame.  Has the police department issued a statement? 

Abigail Warwick DuBéarn
Abigail Warwick DuBéarn

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Sambo Jam
Sambo Jam

Maybe Norman Braman will buy the team.

Tony Albelo
Tony Albelo

I was offered 5 suite tickets last night. Although I was a little tempted, I said no. I am so happy I didn't go. And I will never go.

Bob Newman
Bob Newman

I only wish Uncle Neal was still around....He would be totally apoplectic!

Eddie Suarez
Eddie Suarez

"you have to show id when asked" no you don't samson.

GODisGREAT
GODisGREAT

of course one must show id when asked.....of course marlins ballpark is nazi germany

Gabe Yunes
Gabe Yunes

This is perfect. Loria is gonna have to shove that team up his ass!

macias8b
macias8b

@Matt Berhman If a parent is worried about their kid using the term "F Jeff", then they shouldn't take them to any Marlins games.  Just driving through the neighborhood to get to the stadium is going to traumatize them worse than any shirt or sign.  Heck move them out of the city because Miami is one F'd up place.

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