Florida is screwed.
You would think the Marlins would have learned. Your going to go out and literally double your payroll AT LEAST. Yes Sun Life stadium was a rat house but I just don’t understand how you expect to SUSTAIN attendance for the years to come. Let’s face it Florida is a terrible sports state (except college football(except the Hurricanes.)) I don’t know what it is. The folks in Miami and Tampa are always complaining about how their respective stadiums aren’t in good locations. Then then how the hell do you explain the Marlins, Rays, Hurricanes, Dolphins, Jaguars, Bucs and even to some degree the Heat never selling out games. Yeah some of those teams suck right now but even when they were good attendance is bad. The Bucs narrowly missed the playoffs last year and didn’t sell out a single game.
I don’t blame the owners for trying. They have a new stadium and they NEEDED to change the culture. There’s nothing wrong with going out and signing Jose Reyes. There’s nothing wrong with going out and signing Heath Bell. There’s nothing wrong with going out and signing Mark Buerhle. There’s nothing wrong with going out and signing CJ Wilson, There’s nothing wrong with going out and signing Pujols or Fielder. But to have already have done three of those things and not ruling out the others is going to destroy the franchise.
They are trying to one up the Heat. Draw in that younger crowd. But those fans suck. Have you seen a Heat game? Those guidos show up late with unbutton their shirts to reveal heir greased hairy chests, treat games as as a social event rather than a game, and leave early to "beat the traffic." But let’s face it. Baseball is an older man’s game. Even if the Marlins wanted that crowd they couldn’t get them.
Look I love the Braves. I’m sure most of you are praying for this to tank their a**. But as a fan the game I am legitimately concerned for their future. I hope they can finally draw. The games would be so much better if they did. I hope they can be competitive to a certain extent (not enough to beat the Braves of course.)
As if you needed to be reminded: