One fan identified himself as Dan Barton, 25, of Fort Lauderdale. He wore a shirt that read: “Marlins baseball – helping other teams get better since 1998” – a reference to the franchise’s first roster purge.
Barton and four or five of his friends showed up on the main concourse above the first base line in the second inning and were approached by two reporters, from The Palm Beach Post and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
They posed for photos and talked about their anger over Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. One fan, who did not give his name, would periodically say out loud to fans passing by, “Free the Marlins,’’ which was also written on a sign.
“We’re Marlins fans. We’ve been there since 1993. We’ve been through only two winning seasons,’’ Barton said.
“We’re tired of it. I’m just over it. Free the Marlins,’’ the man with the sign said.
“It’s just sheer selfishness,’’ Barton said.
“Now you have this guy coming in. False promises, false hopes. I’m tired of it.
“We’re tired of the ownership. We’re tired of Jeffrey Loria.’’
...After the game, team president David Samson addressed the incident.
“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,’’ Samson said.
“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.’’
Samson said he was told that two fans were ejected from the ballpark. None were arrested.
“They were walking around just trying to create a, there’s a police term for it that I am not familiar with. It has to do with disturbance, creating a disturbance. I don’t exactly know what it means but it is their job to make sure everything is safe for everyone.
“Our security people are consulted. But it’s a pretty simple thing: When police ask for ID and you don’t show it, that’s it. No other questions are asked. You are escorted.’’
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