Lifelong Marlins Fans Tossed From Home Opener for Protesting Loria

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Here are the terrorist fans in action:



After the game, team president David Samson told a different story, of course. Here's what he had to say:
"We got information from the police that they'd run into a couple of fans who were walking around holding signs that were fine. That was not the issue. They were drawing some attention to themselves. Making some noise later in the game, which is not uncommon. As per standard operating procedure, the police go up, try to tell them to calm down and they did not. Then the police said, 'Show me ID' and they did not. And that was it. You have to show ID when asked. So they were ejected. We go through games during the course of a season, it is not uncommon to have ejections of people who drink too much, do too much. Overall it is hard to, even for certain people, it is hard to put a negative spin on tonight's game other than the fact that we did not win and got two hits.''
This rebuttal is so absurd it's hard to know where to even begin picking it apart. It's like trying to make a logical term paper out of a Kafka short story.

It's "standard police procedure" to approach fans "making noise"? That would explain a thing or two about the deafening silence at Marlins games, but what stadium has standing instructions to cops to harass ticket-buyers simply for being loud?

"It is not uncommon to have ejections of people who drink too much." Yes, but it is uncommon in most of America to have ejections of people with a harmless sign and some T-shirts making fun of the team's owner.

"It is hard to put a negative spin on tonight's game other than the fact that we did not win and got two hits." Yes, other than the fact that your team is terrible because you destroyed the payroll and put on a complete opening-night shitshow for a fan base that shelled out $500 million to build you a stadium, it's hard to think of a single negative thing to say about last night's game.

Oh, but let us try: You threw out a few hard-core fans for daring to express their love for their team, leading the entire baseball world to hate you even more than they already did -- a nigh impossible feat of horrific management.

Loria and Samson deserve every single terrible attendance record, scathing column, and canceled season-ticket subscription coming to them this year.

Update: Barton and his pals apparently weren't the only ones kicked out of the game. Yahoo! Sports writer Eric Adelson says a PR rep "escorted" him out of the clubhouse for asking players too many questions about disgruntled fans.

Here's what Adelson writes: 

The players themselves seemed buoyed by the turnout. Placido Polanco called the attendance "a good sign." Starting pitcher Kevin Slowey said, "The crowd was amazing, for all the turmoil. A lot of people love baseball here."

Further questions to players were shut down by Marlins media relations official Matt Roebuck who escorted this reporter out of the clubhouse.

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23 comments
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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