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.”
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