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Marlins fans get booted for protesting Loria
8 years ago  ::  Apr 09, 2013 - 12:58PM #1
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Loria is a disgrace to baseball. Selig needs to force him to sell.

Protesting Miami Marlins fans ejected from ballpark while others remain in stands wearing bags on head


The Major League Baseball season is barely a week old, but these Miami Marlins fans already are embarrassed enough to wear disguises. Meet Benjamin Avery on the left and Cate Avery, fans of the Marlins who pulled paper bags over their heads at Miami's home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

This photo was snapped in the fourth inning, so perhaps the home team allowed the civil disobedience to continue for the entire game and didn't snatch the bags away under some baloney pretense. Other fans protesting the state of the team, however, made big headlines down in south Florida after they were ejected from the ballpark for disagreeing with the way the team is being run. Quick, guys, hide the bags! The Man is coming!

According to Rat Marlins, this group of fans below was thrown out of Marlins Park for failing to produce ID after being confronted by police. As you can see, they were also carrying protest signs and wearing shirts critical of owner Jeffrey Loria:


Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel was part of the media crowd that met with the group of rebel fans on the concourse (here's a video), which maybe seems like part of the reason they got the boot. But Marlins team president David Samson later told Hyde that wasn't the case.

"They were drawing some attention to themselves, making some noise later in the game, which is not uncommon," Samson said. "As per standard operating procedure, the police go up, try to calm them down and they did not."

Barton said police escorted them to meet a Marlins representative. Before the representative arrived, Barton said they refused to give identification to the police and were escorted from the ballpark.

"It was unbelievable," Barton said in the sixth inning on the drive back to Fort Lauderdale. "It was a punch to the gut considering I've been a Marlins fan all my life."

Apparently Loria and Samson want their remaining fans to be sitting silently behind grocery bag masks like the Averys up there. Fans putting bags over their heads goes back, at least, to the darkest days of the New Orleans Saints. It's Guy Fawkes meets "nobody can know I was here."

But all fans, regardless of volume or transparency, aren't upset simply because the Fish are 1-6, but because of the manner in which Loria conducts experiments on his own team. Fire sales, bait-and-switches, cynically bad stadium deals, boldly wrong pronouncements, etc.

Yahoo! Sports' own Eric Adelson captured the sentiments of other fans in attendance, which was inflated to near-sellout status because of a Groupon giveaway that provided deep discounts. But there are reasons to see Marlins games. Giancarlo Stanton is one, and the ballpark bartenders at the Clevelander will tell you the others:


This should cover at least some of the team's demographic.

8 years ago  ::  May 08, 2013 - 1:24PM #2
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Loria is a disgrace as an owner. He needs to be removed.

Miami Marlins closing upper deck of mostly empty new stadium for several dates

(Getty)It didn't take long for a brand-new ballpark to start looking like the place the Miami Marlins used to call home.

Because of weak attendance at Marlins Park, the club announced Tuesday it will be closing the upper deck for several upcoming home dates. The closure would reduce stadium capacity from 37,442 to about 27,000, which still is more than enough to accomodate the average number of tickets distributed at home games: 18,864, fourth-smallest in Major League Baseball. The amount of people who actually show up for the game is something less than that.

Columnist Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the details:

The upper bowl will be closed for six dates in the team’s nine-game homestand that begins next Tuesday. Fans can sit only in the lower bowl for games May 14-16 against Cincinnati and May 20-22 against Philadelphia. The upper bowl will remain open for May 17-19 games against Arizona.

It's not that Diamondbacks fans travel better than those of the Phillies or Reds, but that series comes on a Friday-Sunday, when attendance usually is higher across the league.

Fewer than 500 seats in the upper deck are season tickets, anyway, so those folks will be moved to the lower bowl for affected games. What if they don't want to be moved? Oh, you don't want to get into an argument with the Marlins over being moved.

Built for $634 million and opened just a year ago, Marlins Park averaged 27,401 fans in 2012, though the team says only about 17,000 showed for games. As payroll-cutting measures have continued and the quality of the team's play has worsened, a strong demand just doesn't exist. So why not close the upper tank, like they did at Sun Life Stadium, if there's not enough people? It's embarrassing either way. At least this makes sense from a financial standpoint.

Unless advance ticket sales perk up, expect the team to do this going forward. Team spokesman P.J. Loyello says it's better this way:

And these are Mets fans. (Getty)

Closing the upper bowl some games “will give an overall better fan experience,” Loyello said, adding from a standpoint of concessions, restrooms and other services, “it will be better for fans” than if they were scattered in a larger area.

The Marlins began this approach during their home stand that was completed last week. They did not close off the upper deck for any home games last season, their first in Marlins Park.

The closing of the upper bowl for some games will mean fewer hours for some stadium employees, but none will lose their jobs, Loyello said.

But for how long?

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