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Friday, August 03, 2012

Cookie Rojas says losing (and the economy) have hurt Marlins attendance in new park

We Have a Roof and We’re Gonna Use It!

Despite the woes the team has experienced on the field, perhaps the most disappointing aspect has been the lukewarm reception that their $550 million, retractable roof stadium has had with fans.

“We have one of the best facilities you can think of in South Florida,” Rojas said. “We have a roof. We don’t have to worry about the rain or the weather. The construction is magnificent and the architecture is great. It’s just a great, great ballpark and I believe the fans really like it but they would also like to see a contending ballclub on the field.”

...The Cuban-born Rojas, who was a five-time All-Star over a 16-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals, attributes this to a lack of Hispanic players that fans can identify with — a situation made worse by the recent departures of Ramirez, Infante and Sanchez — and the state of the area’s economy in general.

“First of all, of course, I think for every one of the Latin Americans that live in Miami or in the area wanted to contribute and see the new ballpark and the new players and all that, but the economics of the game has changed. The prices are a little stiffer, little higher,” Rojas said. “And if they don’t have the product, they don’t have a winning ballclub, some of them are going to refrain from going to the ballpark. ... They have to think about how much money they have to spend and that is pretty worrisome for most of the people in the area.”

Repoz Posted: August 03, 2012 at 06:51 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 03, 2012 at 07:57 PM (#4200224)
No amount of PR will ever mask the fact that baseball in Florida won't ever work.
   2. McCoy Posted: August 03, 2012 at 08:02 PM (#4200229)
No amount of PR will ever mask the fact that baseball in Florida won't ever work.

It sure seemed like it was going to work until Huzienga dismantled the WS winning team. Hell, if the Marlins had every tried to build from their success instead of cash out we'd all might singing a different tune right now.
   3. Bhaakon Posted: August 03, 2012 at 08:20 PM (#4200238)
The construction is magnificent and the architecture is great.


Saying it's not an eyesore doesn't make my eyes hurt less. The combination of bright white girders, blue seats, and neon green walls is visual assault and battery.
   4. JEe (Jason) Posted: August 03, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4200255)
FTA:
“They started to play inconsistent baseball, we didn’t hit the way they should with men on base and driving in runs.”

Are there more useless adjectives to describe a team's or individual's performance today than "inconsistent" and "consistent?"
   5. Bhaakon Posted: August 03, 2012 at 09:23 PM (#4200297)
Are there more useless adjectives to describe a team's or individual's performance today than "inconsistent" and "consistent?"


Cromulent and mediocre?
   6. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: August 03, 2012 at 09:44 PM (#4200306)
“We have one of the best facilities you can think of in South Florida,” Rojas said.


Yes, of all the major league stadiums in South Florida, the Marlins probably have the best one.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: August 03, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4200312)
Mediocre is a consistently cromulent descriptor.
   8. Tony S Posted: August 03, 2012 at 11:08 PM (#4200341)
This is the most cynically run franchise in professional sports. Why SHOULD fans warm up to this team's ownership?

It has nothing to do with geography. A well-run organization committed to building a long-term competitive team would succeed in South Florida just fine.
   9. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: August 03, 2012 at 11:40 PM (#4200358)
This is the most cynically run franchise in professional sports. Why SHOULD fans warm up to this team's ownership?

This. We're talking about an organization with not a whiff of loyalty toward its fanbase. I only wish it was Loria's money on the line.
   10. JEe (Jason) Posted: August 04, 2012 at 10:28 AM (#4200447)
Cromulent and mediocre?

Hmmm, I suspect neither Mitch Williams nor Harold Reynolds have ever heard of "cromulent," let alone used it in a sentence.
   11. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 04, 2012 at 10:33 AM (#4200451)
This. We're talking about an organization with not a whiff of loyalty toward its fanbase. I only wish it was Loria's money on the line.


And whose money is Loria spending, he asked innocently?
   12. dejarouehg Posted: August 04, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4200653)
It has nothing to do with geography. A well-run organization committed to building a long-term competitive team would succeed in South Florida just fine.


Please see #1. Florida is just not an ideal professional sports location.

   13. McCoy Posted: August 04, 2012 at 08:52 PM (#4200655)
Now please see #2.
   14. Joe Kehoskie Posted: August 04, 2012 at 10:29 PM (#4200698)
There are a lot of different issues in play here: Team ownership/management that has broken fans' hearts, a de facto relocation within the market this year that shifted the ballpark some 15 miles away from its original fan base, and a city that's (incorrectly) become synonymous with South Beach glitz but really is one of the poorest major metros in America.

As a sometimes resident of Miami, I was thrilled to see the team move south, but I always wondered if a baseball-only facility in the Dolphin Stadium area would be smarter financially.
   15. Ron J2 Posted: August 04, 2012 at 11:39 PM (#4200728)
#10 I'd be somewhat surprised if Kruk wasn't a Simpsons devotee.

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