No One Went to the Marlins' Second Game of the Season

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via @Manny_Navarro's Twitter
Just before first pitch, Marlins Park was abandoned.
At the Marlins' home opener on Monday, commentators threw around words like "respectable" and "surprising" to describe the announced crowd of 34,439 (minus a few troublemaking protesters, of course). By the season's second game last night, though, the more appropriate adjectives were "embarrassing" and "unsurprising."

The Fish drew just 14,222 to watch another loss to the Braves, a new record low for the ballpark -- though that's one mark bound to topple more often than an Italian government.

See also:
- Lifelong Marlins Fans Tossed From Home Opener for Protesting Loria
- Marlins Threaten to Sue Season-Ticket Holders Who Complained About View-Obscuring Sign

The dirty secret of the home opener was that the Marlins threw out every trick in the book to pull a decent crowd into the game: two-for-one Groupon specials, free tickets for military members and firefighters, bonus ticket packages.

That was a one-game gambit, though. By the time yesterday's game kicked off, Marlins Park looked eerily like Sun Life Stadium during all those baking, meaningless midsummer games. Wasn't the whole idea behind building a new ballpark to avoid these kinds of scenes?

via @Manny_Navarro's Twitter
If you needed any further proof that decent teams, not new stadiums, draw fans, please open your textbooks to "Marlins, Miami."

Fielding a decent team is the one thing, however, that the Marlins are almost certain not to do this year. With a 1-7 record, the Fish now stand alone as the worst team in MLB. Their sole remaining star, Giancarlo Stanton, can't stop walking and so far has zero RBIs. As a team, they've now hit two homers and driven in 15 runs -- OK numbers for a middling second-baseman, but very bad numbers for a whole lineup.

Jeffrey Loria made an appearance last night after hiding out in a suite and slinking away midgame on Monday. He wandered into the half-abandoned section behind the dugout and pulled a hat down low over his eyes.

What was Loria thinking while watching this team stumble to another loss, 3-2? "Perhaps I shouldn't have traded my entire payroll away to Toronto"? "Mayhaps kicking fans out of games for carrying harmless signs doesn't help our ticket sales"? "Should we stop suing our own season-ticket holders?"?

Nah, more than likely he was doing the math: His franchise has more than doubled in value since he bought it, jumping 16 percent this year alone thanks to his new taxpayer-bought stadium, new MLB television deals, and league revenue-sharing. With the second-lowest payroll in the Bigs, there's not much overhead to worry about. Samson was right: Who cares if fans show up?

Fight that smirk, Jeffrey. The couple of fans left sitting nearby aren't enjoying this show nearly as much as you are.

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92 comments
juststeve
juststeve

Great job Loria! You and the team suck. 

Keith Clark Jr.
Keith Clark Jr.

It might also have something to do with the fact that the new uniforms, logo, and name are terrible. Makes me not want to root for them at all, for disenfranchising the state of Florida and just choosing to represent Miami.

Zachary Moyer
Zachary Moyer

owner has to go let CAPT. JACK run everything hes the best thing the front office has

Oneall Campos
Oneall Campos

awesome the stadium should be empty all season long...

Juan Torello
Juan Torello

Loria destroy the Montreal expos and now he is destroying the Miami Marlins.....

Juan Torello
Juan Torello

I love it .....make loria suffer for his ignorance.....

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, 
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain 
professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing
accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power.


it time for more recalls /jail time

Andre Zerr
Andre Zerr

It's probably because the owners are such morons. I for one love this team and wouldn't ever bother buying a jersey of a player, because it's about guaranteed he won't be there the next season! Get new owners and I bet tickets would sell!

Jordan Roman
Jordan Roman

I have no idea how anyone in Florida can watch this team. Loria hates his teams fans and the Rays are way better.

Elliot James
Elliot James

Miami's never been the best sports town for fan support. Unless the team is doing really well.

Julian Dubouloz-Monet
Julian Dubouloz-Monet

give it some time people, we have good pitching and a good coach, if you dont watch'em loose, hop on that band wagon!!!

Marc Scanlan
Marc Scanlan

regardless it'd be good if stanton got a rbi ot even hit a hr

francis.esguerra
francis.esguerra

How can MLB allow this? This is so messed up. I really hate this freaking guy!

b16mike
b16mike

They knocked down the Orange Bowl for this crap?!?

Jason Bailey
Jason Bailey

How about that awful statue in Centerfield?!

Harry Dillard
Harry Dillard

I live in N. Broward and I'm not driving all the way down there. Textbook example of how NOT to run a team.

Maile Machen
Maile Machen

No one in their right mind wants to drive down there...especially during the work week. I know lots of people that stopped going when they moved. They totally lost their Palm Beach fan base. The only people that wanted the move were arepa salespeople

Christina Leigh Morgan
Christina Leigh Morgan

that's just a Miami Marlins thing... we've never had fans. not showing up is kind of tradition... no one likes to break tradition!

Angie Depratter
Angie Depratter

Come on Johnny Young get your friends in the stands & show some support!! I'm too far away, but Go Marlins!!!

Nikki Serrano
Nikki Serrano

They should have kept things the way they were.

Chris Green
Chris Green

Sadly I did....but they were free tickets, and I rooted for the Braves lol

John Sandberg
John Sandberg

Miami is definitely not a baseball town. Showing up to a Marlins game is just a 'status' thing for people when the team starts to get in, or near, the playoffs. I've been to Marlins playoff games, and other big games, and i've had people in front of me sitting in $100+ seats doing crossword puzzles or reading the paper. Then these people get mad at me when i stand up and cheer for my team because they 'can't see'. Miami you are pathetic!! Show up and support a team more and maybe the owner will care a little more about what your sorry asses think!

Mario Morales
Mario Morales

That's exactly what we were talking about J. Yayo Hernandez

Miguel Zelaya
Miguel Zelaya

I'm going tonite to show support. Come on people! Show up! They need money for a better team. Well, not really, but it helps.

RedHurricane24
RedHurricane24

How bad must have Wayne crapped his pants when he saw Trick at KoD... To be a fly on the wall to see that happen.

Aaron Giddens
Aaron Giddens

BTW, Scott lee, you and the people who liked you comment are really out of touch with the world of sports. Baseball is the second most popular sport in the USA and Canada (after football in the USA and Hockey in Canada) and THE most popular sport Japan and the Dominican Republic and it enjoys large popularity elsewhere in the world. It is far from a dying sport.

Aaron Giddens
Aaron Giddens

Not a fiar judgment, Marlins just alienated their fans with the firesale this past off season.

Jose G. Marichal
Jose G. Marichal

LOL this picture was taken before the 1st inning..Miami fans are on cuban time, next time take a picture on the 4th inning rather than writing a whole article based on an inaccurate image to help support your opinion on the Marlins

j.day198469
j.day198469

i wish Jeffrey Loria would get his ass kicked,the front office should be fired they cant draft.Only player they have ever drafted has been Stanton.Just like they take credit for the 2003 World Series when the only key player they added to that roster is Ivan Rodriguez.I hope nobody shows up.

Monty Blair
Monty Blair

I guess we traded our fans to Toronto for cash and a player to be named

Alec Lembecker
Alec Lembecker

And I thought the Twins got bad crowds, damn...I live in MN (was moved here in 2006), so I don't know a ton about what is going on with the owner and all that, but that people are not pleased and that some are boycotting and protesting to hear, but as someone who has been a fan since 2001, this beyond disappointing to hear. Living in MN, I have nothing but hate for the Twins, they are the most money greedy, unfanfriendly team full of pricks I've ever dealt with. I would love to be back down south being able to go to Marlins games often. Anyways, I hope for the sake of the team and the fans down there, they get new ownership soon. Also, I will be at the two games the Fish have here at Target Field at the end of the month.

O-Dog Hernandez
O-Dog Hernandez

Miami offers too many other things to do for fun than go to a baseball game, that along with the fact the Heat are at center seat in the 305.

Antonio G
Antonio G

And it doesn't matter if the team is good or not, at all! Look at the Cubs and/or the Rockies, they sell out every single game even if they have the worst record on their respective divisions

Antonio G
Antonio G

I've never seen it full, even last year, when they had all those "stars"

Javier Mas
Javier Mas

The picture is misleading. I was at the game and although it was by no means full, there were many many more people than in that picture.

joemama
joemama

@John Sandberg  let call you a whinebulace wa wa wa wa wa  

Buckwheat888
Buckwheat888

@Jose G. Marichal 


Bunch of haters didn't attend games when the payroll was up last year.  

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